Accrington secured a 16-run Lancashire League victory over Enfield on Sunday, much thanks to Graham Lloyd’s 63 which saw his side reach 217-9.
It was a result that was met with delight by Accrington skipper Jimmy Hayhurst.
He said: “It was a close derby as usual, but it’s obviously pleasing to get one over on them.
“I thought that Enfield gave a very good account of themselves, but we played some decent stuff and managed to come through.”
The 217 target was too much for Enfield to chase down, as they could only manage 201-9 from their allotted overs, despite a half century from their South African professional, Bradley Moses, which helped secure four batting points for his team.
Enfield captain Adam Bracewell thought the capture of Moses’ wicket really swung the game in Accrington’s favour.
“Obviously, losing Moses was a huge loss. I was batting with him at the time, and if we’d managed to stick around at the crease for little bit longer, I think we could have taken the game beyond them,” he said.
Despite the loss, Bracewell was pleased by the performance of his bowlers, and feels they can take a lot of confidence into Saturday’s game at home to Bacup.
“Although we have lost the first couple of games, we have played pretty well,” he insisted.
“We haven’t been battered in either game, so I think we can take a lot of solace from that.
“Hopefully, if we keep doing what we’re doing, the results will come and we’ll start moving up the division.”
Elsewhere, Rishton turned heads across the division by thumping rivals Church by eight wickets, skittling their opponents for 64.
Church were 29-2 at one point, but then collapsed to 40-8, before being dismissed.
Rishton professional Dan Salpietro took 4-7 from 11.5 overs, before comfortably guiding his team home with the bat to seal their first win of the season.
It is a win that captain Shaun Hutchinson said was paramount.
He said: “It was vitally important that we got our season going properly.
“Before the game, I don’t think many people gave us a chance against Church, really, so to get the victory in the manner that we did was very pleasing.”
Hutchinson also conceded that he had intended to bat first, a decision which fortunately wasn’t in his hands.
“We lost the toss, which was a blessing in disguise really, because I was going to have a bat myself,” he said.
“It’s a good job I didn’t because who knows what might have happened. So, it was a good toss to lose.”
The Rishton skipper was also keen to point out that the team will not be taking it easy in the aftermath of their big victory.
“I don’t think we are the type of side to allow complacency to creep in, I hope not anyway,” he maintained.
“Our pro has spoken to the lads already about this, and all of us at the club are pretty confident we can push on from this.”