ANOTHER weekend, another win for Padiham.
John Bushell’s side remain in seventh in the Ribblesdale Cricket League but, following victories over high-flying Baxenden, and then Whalley at the weekend, they have closed the gap to five points on Richard Palmer’s fourth place outfit.
Padiham’s Station Road opponents were thwarted from the outset as the bowling prowess of paid man Chris Holt and Nesir Mehmood proved too hot for them to handle. The former took three wickets while his trusty sidekick added four as Whalley were limited to a total of 182.
“It was a really good win,” said Bushell. “We’ve been playing well lately, we’re starting to put everything together and we’re learning from our performances at the start of the season. Whalley are in fourth and were in great form but we dominated the game. We felt they were one of the weakest sides we’ve played in recent weeks and we’ve taken 22 points off them now.”
Young but influential wicket-keeper Kurt Robinson added five victims from behind the stumps as he aided Holt and Mehmood’s severing bowling attack.
Holt then added a half-century to his arsenal and Mehmood accumulated 60. The skipper contributed 20 at the top of the order before Peter Shirtcliffe and Steve Meehan saw the game out.
“The perfoemance and result shows we can beat these sides so now we need to start pushing to where we feel we deserve to be in the league,” said Bushell. “Whalley’s total of 180 runs on a firm wicket and a fast-scoring track at the Arbories was never going to be enough and we were always confident of topping that. We bowled well and restricted them well and had their pro (Kamran Younas) out in the early stages. They rely on him heavily and the amateurs crumbled after that.”
Holt’s three wickets ensured that he remained the league’s second most prolific wicket taker with 56, behind Baxenden’s Babaar Naeem. Robinson’s display has also boosted his position in the league’s fielding rankings; 16 catches, eight stumpings and 24 wickets has demonstrated a mature start from the 19-year-old.
Bushell said: “Kurt Robinson took five victims from behind the stumps. He has been exceptional throughout the season and his consistency is second to none. He’s an important player and he’s testament to the progression at Padiham CC.”