O’Connor and Clarke lead by example as Read and Padiham continue impressive starts

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Read skipper Kyle O’Connor believes there’s 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 claimed figures of 6-34 off 11 overs as Read cantered to a 94-run triumph at the Cliffe.

O’Connor (33), Joe Marshall (16), Jon Harvey (18), Warren Eastham (36 not out) and teenage debutant Tom Turner (24) had initially done the business with the bat in a 169 total.

“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.

“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.”

Meanwhile, captain fantastic Callum Clarke led by example as Padiham extended their rich vein of form.

Clarke fired 62 when forming a resolute partnership with Rhys Meehan (33 not out) in the lower middle order to set newcomers Brinscall a 185-run target.

Opener Philip Metcalfe was the mainstay of the home side’s innings early on, contributing with 37 runs from 93 deliveries.

In the reply at the Arbories, Brinscall fell 31 runs short as Nathan Whitehead claimed his ninth scalp of the term with figures of 4-45.

“It’s nice to get the season off to a good start,” said Clarke. “I enjoyed my innings and it was good to get some decent runs on the board. It’s important to lead by example.

“We’re happy with our start. That’s 18 points from two games which you can’t argue with. Everybody is feeling confident but we’ll take it one game.”

Read host Whalley on Saturday while Padiham take on Salesbury on home soil, with both games starting at 1-30 p.m.