Read make up ground in table but miss out on LCB semi-final

Read CC v Earby CC in the second round of the Ramsbottom Cup. Read batsman Joe Marshall. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday May 09, 2015.
Read CC v Earby CC in the second round of the Ramsbottom Cup. Read batsman Joe Marshall. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday May 09, 2015.

Read made up some ground in their pursuit of the top four in Section A, in a season where the club produced its best ever finish in the LCB Knockout Cup.

Joey Marshall’s men will be praying for county cup qualification once more after making unprecedented progress in the competition as they made the quarter-final stage.

However, after an eight-wicket win over Oswaldtwistle Immanuel in the league, their journey in the Lancashire Cricket Board tournament came to an end away at Farnworth despite an impressive and highly encouraging performance.

Their victory at New Lane on Saturday may provide the Whalley Road outfit with the opportunity to emulate that achievement next term as they moved to within 15 points of Whalley.

Professional Ravi Jangid took his number of victims to 42 for the campaign when taking 4-42 from 17 overs with the ball as the hosts culminated the innings on 137-9.

And the away side required just 23 overs to get over the line as they surpassed their target with two wickets down.

Former skipper Kyle O’Connor and current captain Marshall combined to put on 74 for the opening wicket. The former was the first to go having hit nine boundaries on his way to 47. Marshall (63 not out) then partnered his pro to piece together a partnership of 63 runs as the Indian cricketer made 27 before his exit. In came Ben Gorton who merely had to spectate as Marshall, who hit 10 fours during his 62-ball innings, struck the decisive runs to seal victory.

Read entertain second place Settle at Whalley Road on Saturday.