O’Connor hails his side after battling win

Kyle O'Connor
Kyle O'Connor
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Read captain Kyle O’Connor lauded his players after victory over Cherry Tree on the opening day of the Ribblesdale Cricket League season.

But the 28-year-old is still demanding an improvement against Barnoldswick tomorrow as his side returns to action at Whalley Road.

“Winning the first game is always important and the way that we secured it shows that we have a lot of character in the side,” said O’Connor. “I couldn’t be more proud of the way we battled our way to victory.”

After Barnoldswick battered rivals Earby at the weekend, courtesy of an unbroken partnership between Matthew Nutter (110) and Abdul Saddique (64), O’Connor added: “We have to improve our game though for the weekend. Barnoldswick are always tough opposition to face as they have a strong batting line-up. I’m confident in the lads and believe we are strong enough to come away with maximum points.”

Meanwhile, Padiham skipper Callum Clarke is expecting his players to shoulder more responsibility ahead of the clash with Brinscall at the Arbories.

After defeat to Euxton, he said: “It’s not going to be easy, even though people have been talking us up. We need to concentrate and take a bit more responsibility individually. Overall I’m quite happy with the start and the wins will come.

“We’re looking forward to getting back on home soil. The opening day result will be forgotten if we get 12 points at the weekend.”