Bulls are brought down by Lithgow in shortened Royal Hotel Cup game

CENTENNIALS Bulls suffered their first loss of the Royal Hotel Cup season on Friday when rain cut their match against defending champions Lithgow Lightning short.

WHOOSH: Josh Toole ducks under a delivery during Friday evening's game.

WHOOSH: Josh Toole ducks under a delivery during Friday evening's game.

Lithgow were sitting at 1-80 after 11.3 overs chasing the Bulls’ total of 124, giving the Lightning a win on run rate.

Ryan Gurney (25) top scored for the Bulls against his former club.

Along with captain Andrew Brown (17) the pair put on 32 runs for the team’s biggest partnership of the day.

Bulls were unable to create any significant stands throughout the evening.

Hawkesbury first grade opening bowler and Lithgow marquee player Pat Lawrence (0-16) softened up the Centennials order before Tanvir Singh (3-29) and Nick Miller (3-27) took the wickets.

Lithgow captain Ben Sheehan made his way to an unbeaten 53 before the rain swept in.

Bulls have moved to a 1-1 record in the cup.