Ian Parkinson hit the winning runs as champions Baxenden made a winning start to the defence of their Houldsworth Ribblesdale League title.
Bash needed five off the last two balls and two off the final ball but Parkinson held his nerve to complete a one-wicket victory for the holders.
"It was certainly nervy," said stand-in captain Mark Rishton. "We didn’t play well but we managed to hang in there and win and got all 12 points so we will take that."
Rishton is in charge as regular skipper Ian Austin was trapped in Turkey for the first match due to the volcanic ash and flight chaos but he is hoping to be back for this weekend’s double header.
"Oscar was due back the morning of the opening game but of course he never got here. He is hoping to be back this weekend although it is not guaranteed but we do need him with the bat."
Pro Baber Naeem got off to a great start with the ball, taking 8-60 to bowl Ribblesdale out for 143.
But he couldn’t shine with the bat, making just four and, while fellow opener Callum Waddington hit 58, the rest of his team-mates fell quickly until Parkinson’s late show.
"We still won without Bobby performing with the bat or having Oscar so there is plenty more to come from us," continued Rishton.
"With us being defending champions everyone does raise their game and Ribblesdale Wanderers fought hard – it was a big game for them and we are just pleased to come through it. Everyone had to take a bit more responsibility and we will have to do it again this weekend."
Bash come up against one of the teams who are favourites to dethrone them tomorrow in Barnoldswick before they take on local rivals Oswaldtwistle Immanuel on Sunday in the first of the campaign’s double headers.
"Barnoldswick have quite a few new players and they are tipped to be strong so it will be interesting to see if they gel together. They have had problems with their ground after draining it but I still tip them for a top four finish.
"Then Oswaldtwistle had a good season last time out finishing sixth. I know Gerard Metcalf will have them fired up and they are a decent side. Every game though, is pressure for us this season as every game is like a cup final. But we like that pressure – and hopefully we will thrive on it."
Meanwhile, the Back Lane side have said there is no truth in a rumour that former Lancashire captain Warren Hegg is coming to the club.
While Bash got off to a winning start, last season’s runners-up Great Harwood and Oswaldtwistle Immanuel both suffered defeats.
Earby’s Ali Azmat produced the outstanding individual display against Great Harwood. He was undefeated on 103 as the visitors reached 158-8.
Only Paul Houldsworth offered any resistance to end on an unbeaten 82 as Azmat then took 5-58 for a five wicket win. Harwood were reliant on sub pro Amila Weththasinghe as they are still awaiting the arrival of Pakistan’s Raouf Akbar who is held up due to the travel chaos.
Oswaldtwistle Immanuel, with new pro Chris Cook-Martin, couldn’t get off to a flyer against Cherry Tree.
Cherry Tree made 191-8 although Gerard Metcalf collected his first five wicket haul of the campaign with 5-71 while skipper Imran Abid got 3-83.
It was a tough chase on the Immanuel wicket and they couldn’t come up with the goods with the bat with Cook-Martin making just nine – and needing a runner after hitting a four – while Nick Payne was unbeaten on 57 as they fell 53 runs short.
Elsewhere, senior league newcomers Salesbury collected all 12 points thanks to major contributions from Stephen Brown and Jamie Watson.
Brown claimed the day’s best analysis with 8-39 as Edenfield were bowled out for 163. Last year’s Division One champions lost wickets steadily but Watson’s 64 proved crucial.
Read also collected full points from their four wicket home win against Clitheroe. Jack Dewhurst made 66 for the visitors but Jon Harvey hit 73 in reply for the home team.
Barnoldswick, forced to play their home match at Colne due to on going drainage problems, are expecting big things in 2010. However, despite a debut half century from Richard Nichols they lost by seven wickets to Settle for whom Dickon Morris hit 65.