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Three bow out of cup

CRICKET: ACCRINGTON are the only Hyndburn team left in the Inter League Club Challenge Trophy.

ACCRINGTON are the only Hyndburn team left in the Inter League Club Challenge Trophy.

The Thorneyholme Road side had a bye in the first round and now face a home game against Central Lancashire League side OIdham, who beat Burnley, in round two.

For the rest, their excursion into the Inter League Trophy was one to forget for this season.

Enfield reached the semi-finals last year and met up again with their last four opponents last year Crompton on Saturday. Enfield set the Central Lancs league side a target of 147 after Adam Bracewell (32) and pro Alviro Petersen (37) gave their side a chance. But Crompton soon established control and, despite 3-38 by Adam Bracewell, Crompton passed the target with seven wickets to spare.

Church pro Russell Peiris was looking forward to returning to Middleton where he had spent four seasons as the paid man before signing up at Blackburn Road. However their new pro, Fernando, turned on the style to upstage the Sri Lankan.

Peiris did celebrate a half century - reaching it in 49 balls - but then slowed down before he was dismissed by Fernando for 68 - one of his five wickets. Chasing 168, Fernando then did the business with the bat and made an unbeaten 74 to inflict an eight-wicket loss on Church.

"We were disappointed but Ruvens enjoyed his return," said skipper Phil Sykes. "Their pro did well with the bat and the bowl and on the day they played better."

And Rishton, without captain Jonathan Dobson who has a groin injury, were on the losing side at Werneth. Werneth paid man Hrishesh Kanitkar hit a stunning 125 as they set a formidable target of 240-8. Opener Darren Eccles made 45 for Rishton but they fell 76 runs short of the target to end a miserable day for the Hyndburn sides.


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