BROOKSBOTTOM came out on top in the annual Boxing Day cricket clash against Tottington St John's, making the most of home turf on a fine winter's day

In a close-fought game of Twenty20 cricket, Brox emerged from the fog as worthy winners.

Watched by a crowd swelled by Yuletide cheer, Brox won the toss and elected to bat first.

With everyone, bar the wicketkeeper, bowling two overs each, Brox got off to a steady, if a little slow, start with Katie Schofield opening the bowling with Simon Marsh.

Paul Hopton was ticking over nicely until the introduction of Kieran Coe, who trapped him in front of his wickets.

LBW decisions are not something umpire Billy Fish likes to give – especially not on Boxing Day – however, he just had to give this one.

Coe ended his two-over spell with 2-10, with wickets also going to Marsh, Marsh and Marsh with only Hoyle for Brox in total control.

He ended with a splendid 64 not out as the home side posted a creditable 135.

In response, only four Totty batsmen managed double figures – Coe (10), Ben Baker (22), Mick Proops (13) and a great innings of 39no from Ryan Marsh was not enough as Totty were all out for 118 – 17 short in the 17th over.

Organisers thanked everyone who braved the elements to make this unique event so entertaining, hosts Brooksbottom, the good-sized crowd, the umpires and scorers and the sponsors for advertising in the matchday programme.