Professional Jon Hinrichsen’s superb 6-30 gave Brinscall the perfect leaving present as they defended 130 to beat Read during a Saturday of contrasting totals in the Anthony Axford North West Cricket League’s Premiership.

South African seamer Hinrichsen headed home after leading his side to their third win - in thrilling fashion by 39 runs, bowling visitors Read out for 90.

Compatriot, Brinscall’s captain and overseas amateur, Zadian Muller top-scored with 41 in 129 all out before the seam bowling pro’s 11-over burst wrecked Read’s top order with the first six wickets at 62-6.

Overseas amateur Muller then wrapped things up with three wickets, ensuring hosts Brinscall climbed the table.

Farnworth Social Circle racked up 310-2 in beating Farnworth while Padiham defended a 284 target at home to Feniscowles.

Padiham’s 11th win came with a 283-6 total built around 21-year-old Max Seedall’s middle order 95 off 62 balls. Ben Kelly then claimed 3-21 as struggling Feniscowles (111) never threatened.

Padiham’s 172-run victory was the round’s biggest win.

League leaders Little Lever cruised to a nine-wicket success at home to Atherton chasing 115 to record win number 15.

They bounced back from defeat against Baxenden last week to move within three wins of the title.

Indian overseas amateur Nipun Gaikwad starred with 4-49 in Atherton’s 114 all out before finishing 29 not out in a chase completed inside 15 overs.

Eagley - winners for the ninth time this season - chased 109 at Whalley to win by five wickets.

Pakistani pro Ayaz Tasawar starred with 6-32 from 11.5 overs of leg-spin in Whalley’s 108 all out before hitting 29. Tasawar is the leading league wicket-taker with 53. Visitors Earby shocked a Salesbury side who could have moved to third in the table.

Unbeaten South African sub pro Ockie Erasmus top-scored with 56 in 176-6 before Salesbury were bowled out for 135. Earby, winners by 41 runs, claimed their sixth win.

An impressive bowling display ensured Blackrod consolidated their top-10 position with a ninth win - by 54 runs at Oswaldtwistle Immanuel.

After being bowled out for 115, they bowled Oswaldtwistle out for just 51. Sri Lankan sub pro Pramod Maduwantha hit 21 and claimed 3-5.

Pakistani pro Akbar Ur Rehman also set Lostock up for their ninth win, his 6-37 from 15 overs ensuring an eight-wicket win at Tonge (106 all out). Rehman also hit 39 not out.

Astley Bridge won a low-scoring affair by four wickets at home to Baxenden. But their chase of 114 wasn’t without alarm.

Dilshan Munaweera, another Sri Lankan sub pro, claimed 4-29 alongside South African overseas amateur Ulli Bronkhorst’s 4-28 as Baxenden were bowled out for 113.

Bridge’s reply slipped to 91-6, including Munaweera’s innings-high 29. But they claimed an eighth win.

Hosts Ribblesdale Wanderers boosted their hopes of finishing in the top 12 ahead of next season’s split to two divisions with a 10th win. They beat Kearsley by five wickets chasing 136 and leapfrogging them in the table.

Ian Britcliffe claimed 4-25 and son Jordan three-for in Kearsley’s 135 all out. Indian pro Anuj Jotin’s unbeaten 63 anchored the home chase.

Cherry Tree maintained their hopes of a top-12 finish with a four-wicket win at home to Barnoldswick, successfully chasing 126.

Professional Ross Bretherton and Andreas Sudnik claimed three wickets apiece as Barnoldswick were bowled out for 125. Mark Hadfield top-scored with 30 in pursuit.

Sri Lankan pro Ashen Silva underpinned Settle’s four-wicket win at bottom side Walkden (118) as they pursued 119. He claimed 5-39 and hit 44.