O’Connor and Harvey provide ‘perfect’ start

Read skipper Kyle O’Connor labelled victory over Salesbury as the ‘perfect’ start to the campaign.

After the eight-wicket win on home soil, the Whalley Road captain said: “It’s exactly what we asked for. We want to get back to having silverware in the cabinet at the club. We want to build on that performance and keep pushing.

BURNLEY EXPRESS - SPORT'Cricket action - Read CC (fielding) take on Salesbury (batting), in the opening day of the 2014 Ribblesdale Cricket Leagues Season.'Read's bowler, Brandon Scullard in action.

BURNLEY EXPRESS - SPORT'Cricket action - Read CC (fielding) take on Salesbury (batting), in the opening day of the 2014 Ribblesdale Cricket Leagues Season.'Read's bowler, Brandon Scullard in action.

“It was a very good win. Salesbury got off to a good start but they collapsed after the third wicket. It was the perfect way for us to kickstart the season.”

Read’s bowling attack set the platform with professional Brandon Scullard taking 3-43, Elliot Lowes 2-21, Andy Rushton 1-22 and the returning Jon Harvey who culminated a prolific spell with four wickets at the expense of just three runs.

O’Connor led by example when armed with the bat as he struck an unbeaten 60. Will Driver fired 26 on his first game back for the club while Elliott Artingstoll assured maximum points with nine not out.

“Everybody bowled really well to restrict them,” he said. “They provided that foundation for us to go on and win. It gave us the licence to go out and play our shots while enjoying ourselves without much pressure.

“Jon Harvey showed he’s still got it. His display showed how much he still loves the game. He retired at the end of last year but he’s had a change of heart.”

He added: “Next week will be harder against Great Harwood. They’ve got a good professional and Stuart Maher is a decent player. It’ll be a tough task but I believe we’ve got the squad and the talent to win the league this time.”