Holders Shireshead are up and running

Shireshead's Rowan Upton in full flight.
Shireshead's Rowan Upton in full flight.

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.