Only two games survived the weather in the Bolton League on Saturday, with Tonge picking up a narrow win and Little Lever a more comfortable victory.

Naseer Ahmed (16) and Sam Hardman (38) began the Tonge innings against Astley Bridge with a half century opening partnership, before professional Hashan Dumindu struck 72 off just 50 deliveries and ended the 25-over innings with a 90-run partnership with Alex Rodzoch (24).

Harsha Rajapaksha took the two wickets to fall in Tonge’s 157-2.

Bradley Menaul then scored 28 for Astley Bridge at the top of the order, but it was Rick Northrop who nearly guided his team to victory with 63 runs.

However, none of his partners later in the innings were able to maintain the momentum and they fell six runs short, finishing their innings on 151-7.

Connor Lord took 3-34 for Tonge and Shoyab Haji 2-35.

At Little Lever, Atherton’s Daniel Hughes top scored with 43, and Zain Abbas contributed 18 in their 91-5 from 22 overs, Ayaz Hanif taking 2-22.

After the interval, Dane Hargreaves (22) and Curtis Anderton (28) attacked the bowling with such ferocity that the match was all but won in double-quick time.

Little Lever ultimately secured victory midway through the ninth over, finishing on 96-3 for a seven-wicket triumph.

The weekend continued the frustrating start to the new BCL season as after a packed opening weekend, the next two rounds of fixtures have been almost completely washed out, sides hoping for better luck this weekend.