Padiham captain Clarke looking to build on all fronts!

Happy captain: Padiham skipper Callum Clarke was delighted with his side's three wins from three over the weekend.
Happy captain: Padiham skipper Callum Clarke was delighted with his side's three wins from three over the weekend.

Padiham captain Callum Clarke is hopeful that his side can build on an impressive weekend in a bid to mount a challenge on all fronts.

The Arbories outfit warmed up with a 23-run win over Salesbury at Ribchester Road to keep their hopes of qualifying from Group Two of the Twenty20 competition alive.

The visitors set a 135-run target with Kevin Hitchon (43) and Clarke (41) providing the platform to gon on and cement victory.

Clarke’s men then climbed up the Ribblesdale Cricket League second tier with their second triumph of the term against lowly Edenfield.

The away side tabled 190 runs, but Padiham breezed past that tally to claim a six-wicket win.

And celebrations were extended on Sunday as Padiham overcame unbeaten Clitheroe to reach the Ramsbottom Cup semi-finals.

Chasing 218, the hosts performed admirably to clinch a two-wicket victory in style.

“It was a great weekend for the club with the second string winning both of their games as well,” Clarke beamed. “You can’t knock a 100 per cent record from five games across the two teams. We want to see more of that. Everybody dug in throughout the weekend and we batted and bowled really well. It’s all coming together now.

“The victory over Clitheroe showed that if we play to our best we can beat anybody. We performed really well and we did well to restrict their pro because he’s a very good player. I wasn’t too surprised that we went on to knock the runs off because we did something similar the day before against Edenfield. It was good to see everyone battle and chip in.

“Everyone throughout the team is starting to prove themselves, including 16-year-old Toby Burrows. We threw him in, gave him a chance, and he’s been doing great. He’s bowled three professionals out in three games now. Our pro Darryl Losper is coming in to it as well now so we’re building and heading in the right direction.”

Elsewhere, Read professional Brandon Scullard accrued phenomenal figures of 5-8 to put his side in the driving seat in Group Two of the Twenty20.

Playing at Whalley Road, the hosts tore through Great Harwood to restrict them to a 74-run total. And they knocked that total off with ease in the reply to register a seven-wicket victory.

However, there was less cheer in the league as Oswaldtwistle Immanuel won by seven wickets at New Lane.