Burnley and Lowerhouse start with defeats

Both Burnley and Lowerhouse started the Fosters Lancashire League season on Sunday with defeats.

At Bentgate, in a repeat of last year’s Worsley Cup Final, won by Burnley, Haslingden enjoyed a semblance of revenge.

Joe Hawk for Lowerhouse Cricket club in their game against Church

Joe Hawk for Lowerhouse Cricket club in their game against Church

The hosts secured a 52-run victory in one of two games where rain affected play.

Last season’s top league run scorer with Accrington, Ashar Zaidi, appeared as substitute professional for Haslingden, scoring 80 as the Ashar Zaidi top scored with 80 in the Rossendale side’s 225-8.

He hit five fours and two sixes in his 109-ball stay at the crease, sharing 150 for the second wicket with captain per Phil Hayes (59), after Graham Lalor had seen off opener Graham Knowles with the second ball of the season, without scoring.

Jack Taylor added 30, while Connor Reed made an unbeaten 14, as Burnley professional Chris Holt, on his debut, claimed 3-87.

The weather saw Burnley’s target reduced to 219 from 48 overs, but Bharat Tripathi’s men were dismissed for 166 as Matt Griffin took 4-47 and Zaidi 3-41.

Tripathi top-scored withmade 44 and Chris Burton made 37 - the pair putting on 82 for the second wicket, before wickets tumbled.

Holt (15), Michael Kelly (11) and David Brown (10) all reached double figures, but Jordan Shannon claimed two wickets late on to end proceedings.

The previous day, Lancashire League champions Accrington retained the Ron Singleton Colne Trophy, beating cup winners Burnley by 86 runs at Thorneyholme Road.

Meanwhile, last season’s league runners-up and Twenty20 winners Lowerhouse went down by eight wickets at home to Church in a run feast .

The West Enders looked in a commanding position at tea, closing on 253-7, after half centuries from Ben Heap (55) and opener Jack Edgar (54), and further useful contributions from Jon Finch (29), Matt Walker (26), the evergreen Chris Bleazard (26 not out) and Joe Hawke (21).

But, a brilliant century by Church batsman Levi Wolfenden, in an opening stand worth 134 with professional Usman Tariq (77), but the visitors back in charge.

Wolfenden hit 13 fours in his 144-ball 102, after hitting 50 in 103 balls.

Tariq and Lloyd Aspin then put on 115 for the second wicket, with Aspin making 58, as Church passed the target with three and a half overs to spare.

• Stacksteads’ John Hindle enjoyed the honour of making the Houldsworth Solicitors Ribblesdale League’s first century of the new season, against Padiham seconds in Division One.

Hindle reached an unbeaten 169 out of 313-5, as the visitors outscored hosts Padiham by 71 runs.

Padiham’s Peter Shirtcliffe fell one run short of his own ton in reply, while Mick Hawke added 65.

Padiham’s first team went down at Settle by 19 runs.

Settle totalled 134, before Callum Clarke’s men were dismissed for 115, as former Barnoldswick professional Imran Khalid took 5-48.

Read captain Kyle O’Connor’s unbeaten 60 was key to his side’s eight-wicket success against Ribble Valley neighbours Salesbury.

Read eased to 117-2 after Salesbury had been bowled out for 113.