Lowerhouse started the defence of their Lancashire League Twenty20 crown with a 24 run loss to Nelson at Seedhill on Friday evening.
The West Enders, who beat Ramsbottom in last year’s final to win the silverware for the first time in the club’s history, restricted Nelson to a 135 total in their Group C clash but failed to capitalise with the bat.
Professional Ryan Canning top-scored for the hosts when firing an unbeaten 61 while Russell Bradley and Tyler McGladdery added 17 and 19 to the total respectively.
Lowerhouse paid man Cobus Pienaar took figures of 4-18 from his four-over spell.
In the reverse ‘House got off to the worst possible start when slipping to 2-2 with Jonathan Finch and Ben Heap faaling victim.
South-African Pienaar hit 16 and was joined on double figures by Jonny Whitehead (25), Matt Walker (14), skipper Charlie Cottam (15), Joe Hawke (13) and Fergus Bailey (13 not out), but it wasn’t enough.
Meanwhile, Burnley continued their fine form in cup competitions to beat Colne by five wickets at Turf Moor to climb to the top of Group C.
Professional Chris Holt took 3-15 and Tom Lawson added 3-21 to restrict Colne to 97-7.
Joel Duerden opened with 13 for the visitors, Alex White top-scored with 24 at number six, while Tom Bradshaw contributed a knock of 13 at the tail end.
In reply, Daniel Pickup was the mainstay of the home side’s innings as he survived the duration with an unbeaten knock of 36.
Paid man Holt added 10, captain Bharat Tripathi made 14 and Chris Burton reached 10 as Burnley won with five overs remaining and just five wickets down.
Lowerhouse will host Burnley in the next round of fixtures on Friday.