Read all about it as bruised Brinscall suffer a battering

Brinscall bowler Lee Burgess
Brinscall bowler Lee Burgess
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Bat certainly dominated ball at Whalley Road as Brinscall suffered a heavy 158-run defeat against Read.

Joey Marshall hit the highest score of the of the Houldsworth Ribblesdale League senior division season so far when hitting 11 boundaries and three sixes in his 114-ball 112, while sharing an opening-wicket stand of 160 with Kyle O’Connor (87).

But everything could have been different had Brinscall held their catches when O’Connor gifted a chance on nought.

But the two openers never looked back and blasted the ball all around the ground taking advantage of the short boundaries.

O’Connor was eventually first out, bowled by Sam

MacLachlan before Elliott Artingstoll was run out for 37.

With a combination of wayward bowling and fine hitting, Read continued to motor along very quickly throughout their innings.

Ian Chaplin and Andy Whittle did apply the brakes at one point, but overall Brinscall struggled to keep the

score down.

Read eventually closed on 334-8 with MacLachlan taking 4-102 from 16 overs. Chaplin finished with figures of 3-78.

In reply, Phil Lowe (33) and Zandre Cloete (44) enjoyed an opening partnership of 89 seeing off a fiery spell of pace bowling from Read professional Brandon Scullard.

But despite that promising start Brinscall were always behind the ever-rising run rate.

And they were dealt a huge blow when Lowe was run out by Jon Harvey.

Overseas amateur Cloete then fell soon after trying to force along the score.

Skipper Liam Winstanley hit a patient 24, but wickets continued to fall at regular intervals with professional Scullard claiming the wickets of MacLachan, Stuart Parker and Ian Billington.

Brinscall continued to battle towards the end and never rolled over and eventually closed on 176-7, with Ben Howarth finishing unbeaten on 19.

This coming Saturday, Brinscall welcome Great Harwood before making the short journey to rivals Euxton in a Bank Holiday cracker at Balshaw Park.

n Brinscall’s second team lost by four wickets against Feniscowles.

Batting first, Brinscall under performed and were bowled out for just 76.

Michael Fenton top scored for Andy Scambler’s men,

hitting 31.

Brinscall made early inroads, claiming the wickets of Jack Ellison and Amedeo D’Ippolito before removing Andy Rourke and Benjamin Fleming.

The game was evenly poised at 40-5, but a stubborn partnership saw Feniscowles reach their target with four wickets remaining.

n Euxton suffered a six-wicket defeat against Barnoldswick on Saturday as their poor form continued.

Neanwhile, the second team lost by 37-runs against Great Harwood.

This Saturday, Euxton make the long journey to big-spenders Settle.