Bacup Away – 17/05/2015
With the weather set to be a little chilly the prospect of a trip to the highlands of Bacup CC was not an exciting one this week for the currently unbeaten Lancashire League Champions who have enjoyed 5 wins from a possible 5 with 2 no results so far in the 2015 League campaign. As was expected the conditions were arctic at Lanehead but the outfield was dry and the wicket looked like it would provide support for both bat and ball to make for an exciting prospect. Lowerhouse and Bacup are two sides brimming with young players with Bacup just lacking the experience that Lowerhouse has at their disposal to be challenging for honours just yet.
Charlie lost the toss and was asked to field which wasn’t too much of an issue as Lowerhouse may have been able to take to the field in the warmest part of the day. The Lowerhouse bowlers started brightly and runs were hard to come by for the Bacup openers although they weren’t giving their wickets away cheaply and battled hard against economical bowling. A brief rain interruption meant that one over was lost and Charlie decided a bowling change could provide a breakthrough. This worked immediately as Fergus Bailey managed to entice a cover drive from Adam Highley which was snapped up in the covers by Matthew Walker to dismiss the opener for just 4 from 10 overs. New man Tim Farragher then went 2 balls later without scoring, following a magnificent, low down, one handed catch in the slips by the Skipper, as Bacup found themselves at 22-2 following a solid start. Bacup paid man Haseeb Azam joined opener Matt Collinge and the pair added 22 before the re-introduction of Pienaar allowed him to gain some swing and trapped Azam with an inswinger which gave umpire Len Dewhurst no option but to end the pro’s innings after he had made just 6. Aaron Fielding joined Collinge and looked like he was in no mood to hang around playing some decent strokes through the leg side to pick up a few boundaries early on. Collinge had managed to evade the fielders for most of the day either chipping it just over their heads or landing it agonisingly short. That was until his luck ran out on 39 and he found the now safe hands of Jonny Whitehead at mid-on to give Pienaar his second wicket of the day. Bacup Captain Matt Thompson joined Fielding and the pair took the score into three figures with some sensible shots. Paddy Martin bowled extremely well with no reward until Fielding returned a simple catch off his leading edge after reaching 30. Matt Walker returned to the attack and this time his spell was more fruitful as he picked up 3 quick wickets to dismiss Thompson for 33, Knights for 1 (who was victim to another great catch when paddy martin took it low down at point) and Bradford for 3 to help Walker finish with figures of 3-23. John Syers was magnificently run out first ball from a direct hit form Charlie and David Warren also followed without scoring to be the last man out with the Bacup total on 128. Matt Ramshead was the unbeaten man on 3 as Cobus finished 3-30, Bailey 2-44 and Martin 1-25.
The Lowerhouse innings began with Jonny Whitehead being adjudged LBW from the bowling of Azam to have lowerhouse at 3-1 in the first over. From then on it was “The Charlie Cottam Show” as the skipper set about the Bacup bowling as he finished unbeaten on 68. Charlie introduced himself to the bacup professional with a splendid cover drive to the boundary and never looked back. He faced just 66 balls and hit eight fours and one six (which didn’t leave the ground) as Lowerhouse reached the Bacup total in the 25th over. Joe Martin made 11 before being out leg before to Matt Ramshead, who he described as Bacups Wasim Akram. Cobus batted well for his 36 not out but it was a straight forward win for Lowerhouse in the League and stretched the unbeaten run to 7 games and left us one point off the top of the League.
Next week we welcome Todmorden to the Neville Gee (Recruitment) Ground before the LCB cup game on Sunday away at Horwich and an interesting T/20 tournament at Todmorden on Bank holiday Monday.
Saturday – 1st X1 Home V Todmorden CC at 1.00pm in league action
Lowerhouse are pleased to confirm our new electronic scoreboard and ‘side repeater’s’ are now installed and will be used for the first time in this game
Full Bar & Tea Room from 12.30 pm – Sky Sports offering Test Match Cricket & Live Playoff action from Wembley
Sunday & Monday at the Gee our 3rds are at home both days
v Accrington &East Lancs
Full Bar & Tea Room from 12.30 pm
on both days with Test Match Cricket & Live Playoff action from Wembley
On Sunday our 1st X1 visit Horwich RMI (Ramsbottom Road, Bolton, Lancashire BL6 5NH)
in the 1st round of the LCB CUP winners travel to Blackpool CC on Sunday 14/6/2015
Lowerhouse compete in a T20 Cricket Festival on Bank Holiday Monday May 25th from 10.30am.
House compete with Todmorden, Walsden, Rochdale
The first game Tod V Rochdale at 10.00am and House are scheduled to start at 12.50 v Walsden
There is an Under 11’s competition involving all four clubs at 3.30pm. with the seniot Final at 4.45pm
Admission is £3 adults and £1.50 children for the full day.
Contact Tony asap re sportsmans dinner follow link below for details
Please help us in the Aviva Community Fund – see link below by 31/5/15
Saturday – 1XI – Todmorden home
3. Bailey D
4. Bailey F
7. Martin J
8. Martin P
Meet club 11.30
Same team Sunday Horwich away plus Joe Halstead added to the squad.
Saturday 2XI –-Todmorden away
4. Claridge – Ingham
6. Halstead J
Reserves – all 3xi on standby
Meet club 11.30
Sunday 3XI Accrington home.
Reserves Stansfield, Claridge – Ingham
Meet club 11.45
Monday East Lancs home – “from” plus Dawson, Claridge – Ingham, Stansfield for Moodie Js , Elliott
Meet LHCC 11.30am
Please see the link below to the attached flyer advertising the Women’s home games this summer. All games are FREE to come along and a chance to see England Internationals, England Women’s Academy players and Australian State Players in action!
Give them a follow on twitter @LCBWandG
if you want regular updates on the women & girls game along with game day score updates if you can’t make the gamess
For more info contact
Jennifer Laycock- Women & Girls Cricket Development Officer – Lancashire Cricket Board
Lowerhouse Secretary Frank Entwistle has been shortlisted for the
Adult Volunteer of the Year award at the Burnley Leisure’s Annual Burnley Community Sports Awards
The awards evening aims to bring together people from local community that have achieved or devoted time to sport, physical activity or their community.
The evening recognises some of the fantastic time and effort people put into developing Sport & Physical Activity within communites
The event itself takes place on Thursday 9th July at Burnley Mechanics and the host and presented with be Olympian Tessa Sanderson
It’s that time again!
Our Twenty20 season is shortly arriving and we are giving someone the chance to win a crate of beer to enjoy the cricket, sun and music afterwards. Our first competition is for the game versus Church on the 29th of May. We’re giving you two chances to enter, all you need to do is follow us and retweet this tweet or like our facebook status and share it.
Lowerhouse Cricket Club Annual Sportsman’s Dinner will be held at the clubhouse on Friday 5th June 2015, 19:30 start
Guest speaker will be ex Leicestershire and England wicketkeeper Paul Nixon and he will be supported by Britain’s Got Talent finalist, comedian and impressionist Leslie Gibson.
Tickets are priced at £30 each and sponsorship packages are available. Sponsored tables of ten will be provided with six bottles of complimentary wine, for tickets or further details, contact Tony Woodworth on 07976943435.
Following the disappointment of no play being possible the day before the Lancashire League champions returned to a still very damp Rishton despite there being no rain the previous day or overnight. Play was set to start on time today however and the chances of a good game on a sticky wicket were very high.
Lowerhouse fielded the same side as the week before against Nelson and with Rishton fielding professional Kelly Smuts, who introduced himself in spectacular fashion to the champions last year whilst playing for Todmorden, LHCC knew it was him they had to keep quiet if they had any chance of winning the game.
Charlie Cottam won the toss and decided he wanted first use of the track and young openers Martin and Whitehead didn’t complain as they got the house off to a blistering start. Jonny picked up where he left off the week before and hit some magnificent blows, especially on the arrival of Rishton captain Shaun Hutchinson who went for 20 in his first over. Joe Martin (24) provided Jonny with good support before he fell in strange circumstances, which eventually went in the scorebook as stumped, with the score on 88 to give Rishton their first wicket. Jonny was then cleaned up following the introduction of Matt Lambert into the Rishton attack, without adding to the score, to finish on 60. Jonny’s was a truly dominant knock taking no prisoners when the Rishton bowlers narrowly missed their line or length and brought up his half century after just 12.1 overs before being dismissed with just 15 overs gone. Cobus was introduced to the crease at number three with him and Charlie swapping places for the Captain to enter at number four. The two put on 15 before Cobus lost patience following some tight bowling from Lambert and succeeded in only lofting the ball to cover where ex-Lowerhouse and Burnley player, Josh Whitehead, held on to the catch to remove the Lowerhouse professional for just 10. Matthew Walker was the next man in and he and Charlie carefully negotiated the rest of Smuts’ overs as he finished his 10 overs just before drinks to finish wicketless. With the pro bowled out Cottam and Walker had their sights on a big total before Cottam (13) was undone by the track as he played onto his own stumps from a ball which seemed to take an eternity to reach him. Paddy Martin joined walker with the score at 123-4 and seemed to enjoy the batting conditions as he timed shots well all around the wicket to keep the scoreboard ticking. Walker was then dropped at short fine leg attempting to pull a short ball from Bradley Boddie before being caught at mid wicket following a leading edge which just about managed to get to the hands of Smuts as he exited for a knock of 29 to give Boddie his second wicket of the day. Enter Chris Bleazard, which I’m sure can be getting quite daunting for opposition captains seeing the League Legend stroll out at number 7, as he and Paddy enjoyed a decent period of time at the crease which saw them add 79 for the 6th wicket. Blez and Paddy managed to pick up boundaries at regular intervals to help the Lowerhouse score past 200 before Blez was caught at long off for an extremely helpful 37. Paddy followed two runs later after also making 37 as he was bowled trying to improvise a Josh Whitehead delivery to give Whitehead a wicket against his former club. Fergus then fell victim to trying to score quick runs as he was caught at long on from the bowling of Briggs for just 4 to have Lowerhouse at 235-8 with just a couple of overs remaining. Lewis Marsden and Dom Stuart were the unbeaten batsmen who managed to keep the runs coming with good running between the wickets and a magnificent six from Stuart which bounced just in front of the tea room. Lowerhouse ended the innings on exactly 250 with Joe Halstead the batsman that wasn’t needed.
The Rishton reply got off to the worst possible start when Lambert was adjudged LBW from the fifth ball of the game to give Matthew Walker his first wicket of the game and have Rishton at 1-1. With the cup bowling restrictions, and Lowerhouse wanting to save some of the professional’s overs for the middle of the game, Dominic Stuart got the chance to show what he was capable of with the new ball and didn’t disappoint as he frequently made the Rishton batsmen look uncomfortable but just couldn’t find the edge of the bat. The opposition professional survived a scare when he miscued a pull shot from Walker that looped into a gap in the outfield when he was on just 4. Smuts proved why he was the key wicket form then on hitting some lusty blows to anything that was marginally short and playing some magnificent shots through the offside if the ball was over pitched meaning that the Lowerhouse bowlers didn’t have any margin for error. The introduction of Pienaar brought the other Rishton openers innings to an end after he had reached 14 when he chipped the ball straight to mid on to put Rishton to 43-2. Bradley Boddie cam and went after reaching 12 when he was well run out by a combination of Joe Halstead and Joe Martin as the pressure began to show in the Rishton amateurs. Josh Whitehead was undone by a beauty from Paddy Martin, the ball cannoning into off stump after beating the left handers outside edge, to give the off spinner his first of three wickets on the day. Joe Halstead then got in on the action and reaped the rewards of some very patient bowling to disturb Keegan Dobson’s furniture which left Rishton struggling at 99-5. It wasn’t much longer before the smuts resistance was also ended as paddy beat the defences once again to hit the stumps of Smuts, which was one of three wickets to fall with the score on 113. Briggs was then well run out by the calmest man on the ground Lewis Marsden before Paddy showed that bowling straight was the key that day picking up Matt Lambert for his third wicket, all of which were out bowled. Garth Wyse made 7 before being bowled by Fergus to give him his only wicket of the game. Following a brief resistance from Matt Leathert, who made 24 before being caught at cover by Whitehead off the bowling of Walker, the Rishton innings was all over with the score on 156. The home sides captain, Shaun Hutchinson, was the unbeaten man on 7 as Lowerhouse enjoyed safe passage into the hat for the next round of the cup competition where they have been drawn away at Enfield.
There is a lot to look forward to at Lowerhouse in the next few weeks with the bank holiday weekend offering up two trips to Todmorden and the chance of a fun filled bus ride over to Horwich for the first LCB game of the season.
Saturday 3XI Bacup home.
Claridge – Ingham
Astley A, Laraway, Moodie Jk, Moodie Jsh, Stansfield
Meet LHCC 11.30am
Sunday – 1XI – Bacup away
3. Bailey D
4. Bailey F
6. Halstead J
8. Martin J
9. Martin P
Meet club 11.15
Sunday 2XI –-Bacup home
2. Hope S
5. Halstead H
7. Moodie Jk
13. Wheatcroft J
Reserves – Birchall, Claridge –Ingham,
Meet club 11.30