Read cruise to victory over Brooksbottom

Elliot Lowes
Elliot Lowes

Read dismantled bottom side Brooksbottom on Saturday to earn a nine-wicket win.

Kyle O’Connor’s men bowled out the struggling Bury outfit for just 46, as Brendon Scullard claimed 5-17.

And in reply, Read eased past the target for the loss of just one wicket.

Connor Lowes got the rout underway, running out opener Paul Hopton with just one run on the board.

Elliot Lowes then had Tim Stephens caught behind by his captain five runs later.

Mark Gowers and Ben Richardson put on 11 - Brooksbottom’s biggest partnership - but Richardson became Scullard’s first victim, and Scullard also bowled Ashley Horrocks without scoring at 22.

Elliot Lowes took the next three wickets, seeing off Zohaib Qureshi, captain Mark Gowers (12) and Steven Filkins, to leave the visitors on 27-7.

Ryan McDonald and Alex Robb added nine, before the latter was trapped by Scullard without scoring, and Scullard struck again to see off Ian Collier, trapped in front.

Elliot Lowes saw off top scorer McDonald for 19 to end the innings on 46, in one ball short of 14 overs.

Nabeel Ahmed and Joe Marshall put on 21 for the first wicket in reply, before the former was out lbw to Hopton for 5, but Marshall (15 not out) and Thomas Turner (17 not out off eight balls) completed a ludicrously easy win in 7.2 overs.

Padiham had a free date.

In Division One, Burnley Belvedere seconds beat Clitheroe by five wickets after restricting their opponents to 199-8, as Paul Blakey took 7-45.

Read seconds hammered Cherry Tree by 10 wickets as Warren Eastham took 7-16, including a hat-trick, to dismiss Tree for 106

Padiham seconds won their derby with Burnley Belvedere by five wickets, after bowling Belvedere out for 148-5.