Barnoldswick progressed to the quarter-finals of the Ramsbottom Cup on Sunday.
But skipper Luke Hodgson admits it wasn’t the ideal scenario, as his side beat Read 1-0 in a bowlout, thanks to Shaukat Sheraz’s accuracy.
This time last year, Barlick exited the competition via the lottery of a bowlout against eventual winners Ribblesdale Wanderers.
They had the edge on Read after rain made play impossible on Saturday and then the reserve date on Sunday, and, after the captains decided on a bowlout rather than a coin toss, Barnoldswick prevailed.
Hodgson said: “It happened last year, where we went out, as did a lot of the top teams, in the first round.
“At least this year we had a reserve date, the day after.
“The league has changed so we don’t have as many games on Sundays this season, and it would have been good to play the game on another date, rather than have a bowlout.”
After a win and a draw in their first two league games, Barnoldswick host Euxton tomorrow, and Hodgson is looking to build on victory last time out: “We were poor in our first game against Cherry Tree when we were bowled out for 80, but we put in a good performance to beat Oswaldtwistle last week, when we won comfortably. Matt Nutter batted well and Louis Delport took seven wickets.
“Euxton aren’t the worst team in the world, and it got a bit heated last season agains them, but hopefully we can continue where we left off.”
Sean Lemon returns to the side tomorrow.
Earby are at Salesbury.