Read CC captain Kyle still upbeat

Mohammed Zafran in action for Read against Earby.
Mohammed Zafran in action for Read against Earby.

Read skipper Kyle O’Connor believes his side remains on course to registering a rewarding season.

Despite obvious pessimism stemming from a mediocre Ribblesdale Cricket League campaign coupled with Ramsbottom Cup disappointment, the club has booked its place in Twenty20 finals day and still has LCB Knockout Cup qualification in its sights.

Professional Brandon Scullard (64) and Conor Lowes (87) combined to topple Salesbury’s 164-run tally at Whalley Road in a five-wicket win that saw Read finish at the summit of Group Two. They’ll now compete alongside Settle, Cherry Tree and hosts Brooksbottom at Rowlands Road for Twenty20 glory on July 20th.

And Read were in exquisite form again to overpower Section B leaders Earby by 65 runs on home soil. Joe Marshall (55), Conor Lowes (51) and brother Elliot Lowes (52 not out) hammered half centuries in victory while opener Mohammed Zafran added 42. In the reply, youngster Michael Taylor claimed figures of 4-41 from just 6.4 overs to help defend Read’s 256-7 total.

“It’s not turned out to be the season we’d hoped for, but a Twenty20 win and Lancashire Cup qualification would signal a good term for us. It would be a step in the right direction for the club. We had talks last week and they seem to have worked.

“The Twenty20 finals day is brilliant. This will be the fourth one we’ve been in so hopefully we can get over that final hurdle and win it. It’s a great day for everyone, especially those who have never experienced it.”