Kyle wants winning end!

Read now need three points from their final game of the season to secure LCB Knockout Cup qualification
Read now need three points from their final game of the season to secure LCB Knockout Cup qualification

Read captain Kyle O’Connor is eager to give professional Brandon Scullard the perfect send-off by culminating the campaign with victory over Oswaldtwistle Immanuel.

The 23-year-old will return to his native South Africa following the weekend fixture where he’ll team up with the remainder of his franchise squad at KwaZulu-Natal.

The Whalley Road paid man left an indelible impression on the Ribblesdale Cricket League with a mesmerising hat-trick in the first over against Baxenden on home soil on Sunday.

O’Connor said: “It was impressive and incredibly quick. You could see it meant a lot to him because he was pumped.

“In theory that’s your three key batsmen, which included the pro (Mohammad Asif Iqbal). I’ve only ever seen one hat-trick in a game that I’ve been involved in - when Gareth Halley took one against Padiham. They are very rare and you’re very unlikely to see a hat-trick in the first over.”

Following results versus Whalley and Baxenden, Read now need three points from their final game of the season to secure LCB Knockout Cup qualification.

“The celebrations will go long into the night if we do win,” O’Connor said. “To finish the season with three trophies and a place in the Lancashire Cup would be a great haul for the club. It’s always nice to win on the last day, especially when there’s so much riding on it.”