Richards shines for Read

Ockert Erasmus (right)
Ockert Erasmus (right)
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Read advanced to the knockout stages of the Twenty20 despite defeat to Settle in their final group game.

Read gave themselves a fighting chance at Whalley Road as the visitors closed on 166-8.

Bailey Richards then added 32 runs in the chase while Andrew Turner contributed with a knock of 45.

However, Sadrian Ward (3-18) and Shakeel Richards (3-11) kept the hosts at arm’s length.

However, Read claimed a comfortable win over Barnoldswick at Victory Park and they had Richards to largely thank for that.

His sensational figures of 6-49 limited the hosts to 146 with Ockert Erasmus adding 3-40.

After Michael Whalley exited on 41, with Read at 84-2, Erasmus and Connor Lowes finished unbeaten to ease them over the line.

Erasmus ended the innings on 67, finding the boundary on 11 occasions, while Lowes made 30 in the eight wicket win.

Padiham’s tie with Whalley at the Arbories wasn’t enough to secure their progression to the knockout stages of the Twenty20.

Callum Clarke and Owen Deakin-Pickard put on 55 for the second wicket with the club’s former skipper posting 31 while the latter closed unbeaten on 51, including seven fours, as the home side ended the innings on 129-7.

Curtis Meehan took 3-34 in an attempt to slow down Whalley’s chase but an unbeaten knock of 64 from Stuart Crabtree in addition to Declan Bailey posting 29 was enough to salvage a draw.

And in a bizarre turn of events, Padiham would go on to tie their second fixture of the weekend in the Ribblesdale Cricket League.

Toby Burrows finished 41 not out to post Padiham’s highest figures against Feniscowles with Clarke (31) and Kevin Hitchon (35) also adding respectable knocks as the hosts closed on 215-9.

Professional Siviwe Gidana and Burrows took four victims each in Padiham’s defence but failed to contain the opposition’s batsmen.

Lee Cunningham (37), Henco Murphy (37) and Jake Errey (64) were the pick of those as they earned a share of the spoils.

Padiham entertain Baxenden at the Arbories in the league on Saturday.