SHAUN Hutchinson celebrated his first senior hat-trick - but Rishton’s Worsley Cup hoodoo continued.
The Blackburn Road side last won the trophy in 1973 but 25-year-old Hutchinson thought he had set them on their way when he dismissed three bowlers in three balls on his return to the side this season on Sunday.
But Haslingden had other ideas - and it is them in the hat for round two after a 78-run win.
"I was pleased to get a hat-trick. The last one I had was when I was 15 - but they all count," said Hutchinson, who was disappointed his side lost after his display.
"This was my first game of the season as I have been playing football for Rishton FC and I think I only got called to ball as everyone else had had a go!
"But I got rid of their pro Phil Hayes then got the second wicket of Muneeb Ahmed. I wasn’t nervous for the third and Steve Dearden sliced it and Richard Rostron caught it.
"I was really pleased. I just cheered when I did it as it is an achievement for any cricketer."
It meant Rishton were set 233 amd were reasonably happy that they could hit that target.
And despite losing the early wicket of skipper Andy Bartley, Rostron and pro Aaron Heal looked like forming a formidable second wicket partnership as they took the score on to 101.
But Heal - who survived a number of appeals - lost his wicket on 41 nicking Graham Knowles and making it an each catch for John Pemberton.
The Blackburn Road side then couldn’t stay the pace and made another cup exit - although Hutchinson is hoping they can turn on the style in the league with Australian paid man Heal.
"Aaron is a really good guy," said Hutchinson. "He has settled in and has done well with the bat although the wickets aren’t suiting him as the moment but that should come."
And Hutchinson admits that, now they are out of the cup, it is full concentration on moving up the table - after winning the league in 2007 but finishing bottom last season.
"It was brilliant winning the league and the whole team played well," said Hutchinson, who has been at Rishton since he was 11.
"When pro Saeed Anwar Junior was not performing, the amateurs were chipping in with five wickets or 50 runs and then the year after. even though we had the same team, it just didn’t work out like that.
"I think there was a bit of pressure on us and teams upped their game against us because we were the champions and we struggled.
"Now this season we just want to make sure we don’t finish on the bottom again.
"Our fielding has improved and now we have got to build on this in the league."
And there will be a new name on the Worsley Cup after holders Accrington crashed out to last year’s losing finalists Todmorden.
It made it a hat-trick of wins this season for Todmorden over David Ormerod’s side who lost by 63 runs.
Simon Hanson took three wickets as Todmorden made 201. Opener Paul Carroll top scored with 25 as Accrington never got going with the bat.
Church are through to round two though after a superb 118 run win over Rawtenstall.
Phil Gilrane’s side have been hit and miss this season but really found their form especially with the bat with sub pro Sajith Fernando making 82 and seventh man Levi Wolfenden chalking up a welcome 50 - his first senior half-ton - in their 254-9.
Andy Bentley and Gilrane took four wickets each as they progressed to the next round.
And Enfield will join them there thanks to Dill Hall Lane pro Gary Brent destroying Burnley.
Brent picked up 4-6 from his seven overs after Burnley made just 56 in reply to Enfield’s 152. Mas Ahmed top scored for Enfield with 38 while Mark Burns made 32