Substitute Professional Pieter Malan’s sublime 122 allowed the 1sts to start the season on solid footing at Birch Hall.
After being put into bat Lancaster’s Charlie Swarbrick was bowled through the gate and 34-1 became 42-2 soon after as Jamie Heywood fell without troubling the scorers.
Alex Metcalfe perished for 17, and then Lee Sparks fell very next ball to what was a fine rising delivery from Wade.
Kieran Moffat did his job supporting Malan past 40 overs before he fell in the chase for quick runs.
Malin’s 100 came up with a clipped single to deep-mid-wicket and Ben Simm sacrificed himself, a direct hit from Jordan Clarke at mid-off signalling his departure, before Malan became Wade’s fifth scalp at long off by John Cordingley for a memorable 122.
Matt White dispatched two late maximums as the visitors closed their 50 overs on 190-7.
In reply Mirza went for one too many big shots and found Kieran Moffat at mid-off.
Ben Simm then removed Christopher Clarke with his first delivery of the season but at 101-2 Darwen had worked themselves into a good position. The return of Ian Perryman signalled the end for John Cordingley and Perren perished after top edging a Liam Moffat slower ball.
Simm then got rid of Gareth Cordingley after a duffed sweep presented Lee Sparks with a simple catch behind.
Darwen finished on 173-8 from their 50 overs. Moffat finishing with the impressive figures 4-46, with Perryman and Simm both claiming two victims each.
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