Both Burnley and Lowerhouse started the Lancashire League season with handsome victories on Sunday.
Champions Burnley enjoyed a nine-wicket win at Bacup, in a match reduced to 30 overs, while Lowerhouse eased past East Lancashire by 122 runs at the Brooks Foundation Ground, having compiled the biggest score of the day, closing on 240-4.
Burnley had to wait until 3-20 p.m. to start at Lanehead, where the hosts won the toss and decided to bat.
The season got off to a flying start for Bharat Tripathi’s side as they had Bacup at 4-3 thanks to Tom Lawson and professional Chris Holt, as captain Adam Highley and Matt Collinge fell without scoring, with Tim Farragher contributing only three.
Aaron Fielding and paid man Hasseb Azam steadied matters as they shared 48 for the fourth wicket, before Azam was trapped by Holt for 17.
Fielding went on to craft his best-ever knock of 44, with three fours and three sixes, as Bacup went from from 82-4 to 101-8.
Holt finished with 4-47 from 14 overs, with Lawson claiming 2-16, and Bharat Tripathi 2-22.
Burnley cruised to victory in just over an hour with Holt unbeaten on 42, with three fours and two sixes, and David Brown 46 not out, with three fours and three sixes, after Vishal Tripathi fell for 10 at 16.
Burnley host Church on Saturday before a trip to Enfield on Sunday.
Lowerhouse got a full 50-over game in at home to East Lancs, as Charlie Cottam won the toss and decided to bat.
After a minute’s silence for former chairman and president David Wren – and the naming of the access road that links Lowerhouse Lane with the club’s gates as David Wren Way – play got underway,
The returning Jon Finch and Joe Martin put on 25 before the latter was caught by David Turner at short cover for a single off Lewis Pearson.
And one run later Shahrukh Khan had Finch out lbw for 11.
But professional Dieter Klein and Ben Heap put on 183 for the third wicket, before Heap fell for 71 – passing 3,500 league runs in the process.
Klein reached his century, making 105 off 104 balls, with 14 fours and a six, before being run out. Cottam also passed 4,000 league runs with his unbeaten 13.
East Lancs were dismissed for 118 as Paddy Martin then took 3-24 and Finch 3-16.
Minhaj Bhada top-scored with 29, with professional Andries Gous adding 18, captain John Turner 13 and Khan 11.
Lowerhouse are at Accrington on Saturday and host Ramsbottom on Sunday.