Padiham close to perfect weekend

Ben Heap
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And that’s a sentiment shared by Padiham skipper Callum Clarke who saw his side make it eight wins from 11 outings in all competitions.

The Arbories outfit kept their hopes of Twenty20 qualification alive with a five-wicket win over Clitheroe on home soil, with Brannon Varley’s unbeaten knock of 72 helping the hosts surpass their opponent’s 170-run total.

“The three games over the weekend have been testing but it’s been another cracking weekend for us,” Clarke said.

A seven-wicket win over Baxenden followed with Nathan Whitehead’s 5-45 restricting the hosts to 118 at Back Lane. Ben Heap (63 not out) and Varley (40 not out) then combined to help Padiham prevail.

Then, after posting 240 against Great Harwood on Sunday, it looked like being the perfect weekend for Padiham.

However, visiting sub pro Ashen Silva had other ideas. The 24-year-old Sri Lankan, currently plying his trade at Bury CC, hit 17 boundaries in making an unbeaten ton.

“We batted first and posted a very good total but we came up against a very good sub pro who has played for Sri Lanka,” said Clarke. “We came up against an outstanding individual.

“He hit 101 not out and was superb. Sometimes you come up against this calibre of player and there’s nothing you can do. He was a level above.

“They are a very good team anyway and they’ll be pushing for the title, so we gave a very good account of ourselves. We’ve got to be pleased with that.”