Read pro Scullard impresses

Kyle O'Connor was impressed with Brendan Scullard
Kyle O'Connor was impressed with Brendan Scullard

Read skipper Kyle O’Connor believes there’s even more to come from Brandon Scullard after the paid man’s six-wicket haul proved inspirational in victory over Great Harwood.

The South African pro, who hails from Durban, claimed figures of 6-34 off 11 overs as Read cantered to a 94-run triumph at the Cliffe to maintain their ‘perfect’ start to the campaign.

In defending his side’s total of 169, Scullard tore threw the hosts’ batsmen by taking the scalps of captain Russell Whalley, Charles Fernando, Patrick Swanney, Allan Armer, Paul Houldsworth and Ian Haworth.

“It was a very satisfying result,” O’Connor said. “Brandon bowled well, quick and really full at them. I’ve never seen Great Harwood look uncomfortable up against bowling attacks. We haven’t had that at Read for a long time. That’s the reason we signed him.

“They were just blocking his deliveries or he bowled them out. It was as simple as that. He bowled quickly on a soft wicket and they couldn’t cope. We had struggled batting on it but he secured victory for us.”

He added: “It was definitely up there with one of the best spells of bowling I’ve seen at the club. There’s plenty more to come from him yet though. Once the tracks harden I think teams will struggle to cope with him.”

After O’Connor and Joe Marshall put on 52 for the opening wicket, the visitors soon slipped to 60-4 until Jon Harvey (18), Warren Eastham (36 not out) and teenage debutant Tom Turner rebuilt the innings.

“We slipped but others put us in a steady position,” said O’Connor. “It’s been the perfect start for us. We’ve started really well and better than expected.

“It’s exactly where we want to be. Tom Turner was one of the main players who contributed to that by turning the game around. It was a great debut and what we want to see from a 17-year-old thriving to play first team cricket.”

• Houldsworth Solicitors Ribblesdale Cricket League fixtures for Saturday, May 3rd: Clitheroe v Baxenden; Earby v Brooksbottom; Edenfield v Settle; Great Harwood v Cherry Tree; Oswaldwtwistle Immanuel v Barnoldswick; Padiham v Salesbury; Read v Whalley; Ribblesdale Wanderers v Euxton.