NEWLY promoted Stafford Cricket Club firsts suffered an opening defeat defeat away to local rivals Barlaston in the North Staffs and South Cheshire League division one on Saturday.
Barlaston opened the proceedings and reached 196-4 declared off 53 overs. In response, Stafford were dismissed for 151 in only 38.5 overs.
Another promoted side, Eccleshall firsts lost out at Endon in division two, while Oulton firsts got their campaign off to a winning start when defeating visiting Kidsgrove in the same section. More local results to follow.