Burgess and Brinscall off to a flier

Lee Burgess
Lee Burgess
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Brinscall started life in the Ribblesdale League in fine style by thrashing Brooksbottom by eight wickets.

Lee Burgess, the leading wicket-taker in Division One last season, was quickly among the wickets again.

His 6-29 helped dismissed beleaguered Brooksbottom for just 104

Brinscall chased down the target with ease to seal an opening day 12 points.

Brinscall second team were also celebarting after grabbing an opening-day win.

They defeated Great Harwood by 38 runs.

n Euxton wetre left shellshocked after slumping to a 99-run defeat against

Oswaldtwistle Immanuel.

Bowling first, Euxton got off to a fine start with Louis Sweeney claiming a wicket in just the second over of the match.

And Euxton continued to pick up regular wickets, with Londis Lewis and Oliver Marsden both chipping in.

But the Euxton bowlers struggled to break the key family partnership of Gerard and Daniel Metcalf.

The latter batted superbly for 69 while the former hit an important 44.

Oswaldtwistle were also aided by 48 extras from the Euxton bowlers and posted 189-9 off their allocated overs.

The Euxton reply never really got going with the home side losing wickets at regular times.

Only Martin Millward (27) offered any resistance as Euxton were bowled out for 90.

The second team did claim an opening-day victory by defeating Stacksteads by two wickets.

Tom Farmer grabbed 5-47 as Stacksteads were bowled out for 156.

In reply, Richard Houghton scored 77 and Willie Woodall chipped in with 28 to seal the success for Euxton.