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Shireshead's Rowan Upton in full flight.

Shireshead's Rowan Upton in full flight.

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Shireshead began the defence of the Hackney and Leigh Trophy with an 89-run victory over Bare at Clifton Park.

Shireshead elected to bat first, finishing on 225-5 with Danny Wilkinson (61), Dave Jack (58) and Faizan Khan (57) the pick of the batsmen.

In reply Bare finished on 136-4, although Andrew Sharman (52 not out)refused to give in. Jack (3-26) was Shireshead’s leading wicket taker.