Jack Edgar and Ben Swindells starred to put Padiham in control of the weather-affected and unfinished Hamer Cup final against Settle at Farnworth on Sunday.

Rain and bad light means the flagship cup final in the Anthony Axford North West Cricket League will head into its third day this coming Sunday.

It was initially due to be played on August 27 but was rained off without a ball bowled.

Last Sunday saw Padiham post a commanding 239-7 from their 40 overs, led by opener and professional Edgar’s 90 off 107 balls.

South African amateur Zander van Tonder also contributed a crucial 67 off 73, sharing 113 for the third wicket from 55-2 with Edgar.

Settle suffered a pre-match blow with the news Sri Lankan professional Ashen Silva was ruled out with a knee injury. Compatriot Roshen Silva replaced him as sub-pro.

But things were to get worse for them, with their reply slipping into disarray at 46-6 inside 16 overs, with Swindells claiming a superb new-ball 4-19 from eight overs.

Both innings were interrupted by Bolton rain, and bad light ultimately curtailed the day with Settle on 49-6 from 19 overs.

John Davidson and Edward Read, unbeaten on nine and one respectively, will hope to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat to close out the summer.

It will also be Settle’s last act as an NWCL club before leaving the league ahead of 2024.