All 12 fixtures in the Anthony Axford North West Cricket League’s Premiership division were abandoned on Saturday because of the wet weather, writes Graham Hardcastle.

Only Settle versus Little Lever failed to start, with play in every other match. All teams finished with three points apiece.

It means Little Lever’s 100 percent record comes to an end - through no fault of their own. They remain unbeaten with 13 wins from 14 outings so far and sit top on 151 points, 36 clear of second-placed Eagley with nine rounds remaining.

Eagley were thankful for the weather. They had been bowled out for 80 inside 35 overs at Lostock, who couldn’t begin their chase.

Pakistani professional Akbar Ur Rehman finished with remarkable figures of 5-4 from 7.1 overs.

Farnworth Social Circle were also on the back foot. Their game at Padiham was the only one to progress into the second innings.

Padiham were 60-0 in the seventh over chasing a revised 143 in 34 when rain arrived. They had bowled Social Circle out for 141. Zander van Tonder claimed 4-34 from 10.1 overs before Callum Clarke was unbeaten on 33 leading the chase. Bottom side Walkden would have been hopeful of victory at home to Whalley, who were 38-3 after 11 overs. The result did, however, stop Walkden’s 13-game losing run. Second-bottom Baxenden were 31-1 in the ninth over at home to Read.

Fellow strugglers Brinscall were 80-7 at home to Ribblesdale Wanderers, for whom Ian Britcliffe claimed 4-37 from nine overs. He opened the bowling with his son Jordan, who struck twice.

Cherry Tree were 113-0 after 20 overs at home to Atherton, while Kearsley were 69-2 after 22 at Blackrod. Farnworth were 79-1 in the 20th over at home to Earby.

Feniscowles were languishing on 41-7 in the 18th over at home to Astley Bridge, for whom Yasir Rashid was outstanding with the new ball. He claimed 5-13 from eight overs.

Barnoldswick were 45-3 after 22 overs at Oswaldtwistle Immanuel, and Salesbury were 22-1 in the 12th at Tonge.

The opening round of the season in April was postponed in the days leading up to it but replayed at the start of this month. But this is the first time a round has been played this season without producing a result.

* Hamer Cup semi final draw: Settle v Farnworth SC, Padiham v Blackrod.

Games to be played Sunday, August 6 (Reserve Date: Sunday, August 13).