Kyle wants winning finish for Scullard

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Read captain Kyle O’Connor is eager to give professional Brandon Scullard the perfect send-off by culminating the campaign with victory over Oswaldtwistle Immanuel.

The 23-year-old will return to his native South Africa following the weekend fixture where he’ll team up with the remainder of his franchise squad at KwaZulu-Natal.

And the Whalley Road paid man left an indelible impression on the Ribblesdale Cricket League with a mesmerising hat-trick in the first over against Baxenden on home soil on Sunday.

“Our pro had put us in a great position,” said O’Connor. “He took a hat-trick in the first over of the game. He had the first caught behind and then he bowled the other two. It was impressive and incredibly quick. You could see it meant a lot to him because he was pumped.

“In theory that’s your three key batsmen, which included the pro (Mohammad Asif Iqbal). I’ve only ever seen one hat-trick in a game that I’ve been involved in - when Gareth Halley took one against Padiham. They are very rare and you’re very unlikely to see a hat-trick in the first over of a game.”

He added: “Brandon isn’t coming back next year because he wants to cement his place in the franchise side. He’s mentioned coming back to play for us in the 2016 season so this will be a nice send off for him.”