KEIGHLEY cricketers launched the Bradford League campaign with a bang -- taking two opposition wickets with their first two balls.

The Lawkholme club had three brothers in the team, thought to be a club record, with Ross, Dale and Alex Towler in the XI.

Australian Justin Ferguson top scored with 30+ runs after Steve Reape and Lee Gordon got the innings underway with a 30 opening partnership. Set Manningham Mills a target of 135-9 which looked a reasonable total on a slow wicket.

But after the first two Dale Towler deliveries it was clear the 'Millers' were going to struggle. He captured the first two wickets and was on a hat-trick with the third ball of the season. He missed out on a remarkable place in the record books, but teamed up with brother Ross to leave Manningham nine wickets down with just eight runs on the board.

The last two batsmen were top scorers for Mills, taking the total up to 26, which seemed almost respectable.

Dale Towler finished with five wickets for five runs and Ross collected three wickets for three runs.

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