Read ran out winners over Cherry Tree at Preston Old Road, though fifth spot remains the best finish they can hope for in Section A of the Ribblesdale Cricket League this season.
There’ll be no involvement in the LCB Knockout Cup competition for Joe Marshall’s side next term, but they’ll be hoping for a strong finish.
Marshall, the second most prolific amateur batsman in the league with 536 runs, shone for the visitors as he hit 10 boundaries on his way to a knock of 56 as Read finished 201-9. The hosts failed spectacularly in their chase, falling 105 runs short as Andrew Rushton and Frank Barden ripped through their batting line-up.
Rushton took 5-26 while Barden added 4-15.
Read are at Euxton on Saturday.