Defending champions Accrington lost their second game of the season as they succumbed to a 10-run loss at home to East Lancashire on Saturday.
After the visitors set a total of 168-9 from their 50 overs, Accrington were bowled out for just 158. South African pro Ockert Erasmus took 3-64, and there were also three run-outs in East Lancs’ innings.
Graham Lloyd top-scored for Accrington with a decent knock of 39. However, it was the four wickets for 43 runs by East Lancs bowler Shahrukh Khan that really disrupted Accrington’s run chase.
Captain Stuart Crabtree said: “We thought we did well to restrict them to 168 but we just didn’t get off to a good enough start with the bat and that ultimately cost us.
“They’re a good side so you have to give them credit but we were a little frustrated with ourselves that we couldn’t get the job done and get a win.
“We have suffered a setback but these lads can keep picking themselves up and hopefully show some more of the form we had last season.”
Elsewhere, Enfield won by eight wickets against Rishton at Blackburn Road.
Their decision to field first was an inspired one as they skittled out Rishton for just 130 in 45.1 overs, with Hassan Fazal the pick of the bowlers as he took 5-37.
Werner Coetsee then hit 31 not out and Liam Bedford top-scored with 42 as Enfield reached 134-2 in just 26.1 overs.
Meanwhile, Church lost by 36 runs at Haslingden.
The home side won the toss and chose to bat, setting Church a formidable target after they totalled 247-7.
In reply, Church battled hard but lost wickets at frequent intervals meaning they ultimately fell short with a score of 211-9.
Lloyd Aspin scored 45, opener Levi Wolfenden 44 and captain Craig Fergusson 44 but none were able to push on and get the big score required for victory.
Finally, Rishton were beaten by eight wickets at home to Enfield.
Enfield won the toss and put Rishton into bat, restricting them to 130 all out.
It took the visitors just 26.1 overs to reach their target for the loss of just four wickets.