Euxton felt the full force of the paid player this weekend as two stand-out performances from Clitheroe and Barnoldswick’s professionals meant Euxton slumped to two defeats.
Saturday’s tie saw Euxton host Clitheroe, with overseas amateur Uli Van Duyker as captain due to Mark Winrow being
Craig Millward and Van Duyker both fell cheaply and only Andy Winrow (32) and Dan Rigby (28) offered any real resistance.
A last-wicket partnership from Andy Emmerton (10) and Asif Ellahi (16) took the score from 112-9 to 147 all out in 40.3 overs.
But Euxton had no answer to Afzaal who finished with figures of 9-46.
Clitheroe started well in their chase and it was only until Van Duyker introduced himself that Euxton made the breakthrough.
He claimed two quick wickets and Ellahi chipped in as Clitheroe were 134-5.
Van Duyker claimed two more but there was not enough runs on the board as the visitorswon by three wickets.
Barnoldswick travelled to Balshaw Park on Sunday and had no hesitation in batting first after winning the toss.
But the very first ball of the game brought success as a full toss from Emmerton was hit straight to the returning Mark Winrow at mid off and left
But the early loss brought professional Imran Khalid to the crease and he instantly showed his class hitting Emmerton for two boundaries in the same over.
Khalid (77) batted excellenty throughout the innings but the slow left arm of Van Duyker had him trapped leg before.
Van Duyker bowled excellently and showed his class taking 6-30 off 11 overs.
Mark Winrow chipped in with two wickets as Barnoldswick were bowled out for 156.
Brothers Andrew and Mark opened the batting but Mark fell early to pro Khalid.
All rounder Oliver Marsden batted excellently for 39 as Nick Dunn , Van Duyker and Andy Winrow fell around him.
Poor decisions influenced the game as the umpires
soon became the centre of attention.
Marsden fell to Shoaib Khan and Khalid removed Craig Millward and Steve Hoyle as Euxton struggled to occupy the crease.
Emmerton and Ellahi where Khalid’s sixth and seventh victims before the pro claimed the final wicket of James Hill leaving Euxton 46 runs short.