STAND-IN Read captain Gareth Halley praised dynamic duo Jon Harvey and Kyle O’Connor for maintaining their side’s 100% record against derby rivals Salesbury.
The visitors were 28-3 before the pair combined, but respective knocks of 46 and 40 from the match winners helped stop the rot. Joe Marshall (29), Mohammed Jamal (16) and Andrew Rushton (17) also contributed as Read rounded off their innings on 176.
“We’ve done it a few times when three or four batsmen haven’t come to the party with the exception of Jon Harvey and we’ve relied heavily on Kyle O’Connor again,” Halley said.
“He’s been a rock for us coming in at number five and his runs have been crucial. The pressure was on us and we were on the back foot at 28-3 but Harvey and O’Connor have built up a good partnership together to take us in to the 90s.”
In reply four wickets from professional Stuart Hornby and a further two scalps from Harvey helped keep Salesbury at bay at Ribchester Road and, despite 66 from paid man Susantha Pradeep, the hosts fell 21 runs short.
Halley said: “Salesbury killed the fun a little bit at the end by not going for the runs, and the downside was that we couldn’t take all 10 wickets.
“But we’ve got 10 points from the match, we’re still unbeaten and we’re still up there.
“We’re not quite where we want to be because we haven’t been picking up the bonus points, but if we can carry on going as we are it will put us in a good position for the double-header weekend against Bash and Padiham later this month.”