PADIHAM’S season of transition started with defeat against Barnoldswick at Victory Park on Saturday.
Home side captain Richard Nichols compiled an opening partnership of 60 with former Padiham player Abdul Saddique, before the former was caught by Nesir Mehmood, granting Chris Holt his first wicket as Padiham’s professional.
But Barnoldswick’s substitute-professional Saeed Anwar had plenty in his locker to continue the bombardment as he fired 84 from 88 deliveries faced.
He eventually became one of Holt’s four victims, which also included Saddique and Luke Hodgson.
Abdul’s sibling Umar, who also left the Arbories at the end of 2011, added 13 to the tally with Shane Taylforth (15) the only other significant contributor in Barnoldswick’s 207-8 total.
In reply, Kevin Hitchon was removed for the visitors with only two runs on the board, with Max Howells next to be given his marching orders as the run tally had only doubled.
Holt smashed 45 before being ousted by Anwar, and Kurt Robinson top-scored for Padiham with 47.
Steve Meehan added 11 at the bottom end of the batting order but Padiham fell 63 runs short.
Elsewhere, Read’s 10 wicket thrashing of Great Harwood turned into the Stuart Hornby show.
The new Whalley Road paid man wasted no time in making an impression as he recorded figures of 8-39 with the ball and top scored with an unbeaten 62 with the bat alongside Ben Law (16 not out).
Captain Warren Eastham said: “It was the Stuart Hornby show really.
“We bowled first and had Great Harwood out for 92 and then Stuart’s torn through them with 8-39 and Jon Harvey’s taken a further two wickets.
“Then we’ve chased their total and Stuart’s hit an unbeaten 62 and Ben Law was 16 not out.
“It’s not a bad return that for him at all and he was carrying a bit of a niggle on his calf as well.
“He looked really good; bowled a good, straight length and swung it around with the bat.
“He was exceptional and he’ll be a great addition to the squad.
“It was a great all-round performance and everybody fielded well.
“Great Harwood were pretty poor to be honest and their pro never looked comfortable.
“Once Russell Whalley went, they had no fuel left in the tank.
“You never know what you’re going to get with Great Harwood.
“We got at them quickly though, and once Russell went it was game over.”
He added: “We were never worried about chasing 92 on what was a good wicket.
“It’s nice to get that first game out of the way and have 12 points on the board which puts us right up there straight away.”
Barnoldswick v Padiham
R. Nichols * ct N. Mehmood b Holt38
A. Saddique ct K. Robinson b Holt32
Anwar ct T. mustoe b Holt84
U. Saddique ct Holt b N. Mehmood13
P. Beech ct K. Robinson b N. Mehmood2
L. Bedford + run out N. Mehmood8
L. Hodgson ct K. Robinson b Holt0
S. Taylforth b N. Mehmood15
A. Khan not out2
Total (8 wkts)207
Bowling: M. Howells 5-1-32-0; Holt 22-0-101-4; N. Mehmood 18-3-61-3-1.
M. Howells LBW b R. Nichols1
K. Hitchon ct A. Saddique b A. Anwar0
Holt ct P. Beech b Anwar45
T. Mustoe ct L. Bedford b A. Anwar9
K. Robinson + b M. Scothern47
C. Clarke st L. Bedford b Anwar6
N. Mehmood ct R. Nichols b A. Saddique6
L. Anderson ct R. Nichols b Anwar0
J. Bushell * ct A. Saddique b M. Scothern2
S. Meehan ct P. Beech b Anwar11
B. Ramshead not out0
Bowling: A. Anwar 9-1-26-2; R. Nichols 9-1-29-1; Anwar 13-3-42-4; A. Saddique 7-1-27-1; M. Scothern 2.1-0-7-2.
• READ’S scorecard was unavailable at the time of going to press.