Read maintain the pressure

Read Cricket Club.
Read Cricket Club.

Read kept the pressure on the teams pushing for LCB Knockout Cup qualification with a five-wicket triumph against Cherry Tree at Preston Old Road.

The visitors, who called Lancashire’s Kyle Jarvis in to the starting XI due to injury to professional Brandon Scullard, restricted their opponents to 178-6 with Michael Taylor (3-26) the pick of the bowlers.

In reply, Mohammed Zafran proved he was worthy of promotion from the club’s second string as he top-scored with 43 when opening alongside Joe Marshall (12).

Captain Kyle O’Connor contributed 25 to the tally, Jon Harvey fired 36, Jarvis hit 10 while siblings Conor (20) and Elliot Lowes (5) took Read over the line.

“We made a few changes,” said O’Connor.

“The pro damaged his foot so we brought in Kyle, while Michael Taylor, Mohammed Zafran and Andrew Bennett have all been called up recently. The pro will have a fitness test today.

“Everyone has done really well and things are starting to come together.

“We are starting to build a bit of a run which we needed.”

Read are at Baxenden on Sunday in a rearranged game.

• Ribblesdale remain on course for a Ramsbottom and Lawrenson Cup double after their second team beat Great Harwood by seven wickets.

The three other semi-finalists are Read, Stacksteads and Earby.

Lawrenson Cup QuarterFinals: Read 157-6 (Elliot Artingstoll 55), Settle156 (John Tarbox 70), Read won by four wickets

Great Harwood 78, Ribblesdale Wanderers 79-3, Ribblesdale won by seven wickets

Stacksteads 85-0, Padiham 81, Stacksteads won by 10 wickets

Euxton 89, Earby 90-6, Earby won by four wickets.