Saturday 17th August 2019 – 3rd XI v Middleton
Haslingden took on Middleton at Bentgate on a relatively sunny day after heavy rain all week. Captain Jeff Stanton lost the toss and Middleton batted first in a game reduced to 30 overs. Middleton made a steady start and reached 29 before the first wicket fell, caught by Michael Blomley bowled by Joseph Blomley. The introduction of Olivia Blomley saw Middleton reduced to 34 for 4 with two wickets each for Olivia and Joseph. Joe Hayton took a further wicket with the score on 34 but then a quick fire 36 from 18-year-old Middleton first teamer James Tierney took the score to 73 before Michael Blomley broke the partnership and Joe Hayton took another two quick wickets. Middleton’s Mark Tierney scored a patient 11 before Michael Blomley finished the innings with two further wickets and in his 5.3 overs he took 3 for 6 leaving Middleton 96 all out. Joe Hayton took 3 for 30, Joseph Blomley 2 for 7 and Olivia Blomley 2 for 21. It was indeed a Tierney/Blomley show!
In reply Haslingden were reduced to 36 for 4 after 17 overs, but some lusty blows from Oliver Gardner in his 17 and a swashbuckling 20 not out by Jeff Stanton gave Haslingden a chance of victory going into the final overs. Unfortunately, Haslingden fell six runs short and were 90 for 9 in their 30 overs. The seven points Haslingden gained were sufficient for the young team to finish second in their group and qualify for the 4th, 5th and 6th place play offs in the next couple of weeks. Ten points to Middleton in a competitive game played as a result of the new Haslingden drainage system and excellent work from the groundsmen.
Sunday 18th August 2019 – 1st XI v Colne
At Bentgate on Sunday the Haslingden 1st XI took on Colne who won the toss and asked Haslingden to bat first. Matthew Griffin and Lawrence Adlum opened the batting and put on 33 before Griffin was caught for a patient 20. Haslingden’s season long struggles with the bat continued and Sean Hunsley with 16 was the only other batsman to reach double figures. Haslingden were dismissed for 86 with 7.9 overs of their 50 remaining. The Colne professional James Price finished with 7 for 32 in an impressive 14 over spell.
Colne lost two early wickets to Garry Sudworth and were 5 for 2 when the game was suspended for the first rain break. Sadly, as Colne progressed to 33 for 2 further rain breaks condemned the match to be abandoned which was a result that neither side really wanted. Three points to each team, Colne remain top of the table and Haslingden remain in third place.
Sunday 18th August 2019 – 2nd XI v Lowerhouse
On Sunday at Liverpool Road League leaders Haslingden took on second placed Lowerhouse with captain Tom Richards winning the toss and putting Lowerhouse in to bat. The Lowerhouse innings started quietly and the score progressed to 22 for 1 before the game was grabbed by the scruff of the neck by Tom Richards. In a brilliant spell of 12 overs he took 6 for 15, ably assisted by veteran Ian Cameron who took 2 for 14 in 11.2 overs and Joseph Blomley who took for 2 for 10 to dismiss Lowerhouse for 58 in 35.2 overs.
The Haslingden innings did not start as planned, and the team were reduced to 9 for 3 before Oliver Cameron and Leon Brennan frustrated the experienced Lowerhouse bowling line up with a stand of 32. This was by far and away the highest partnership of the game and a great effort from two young players with bright futures in the game. Oliver Cameron was given out lbw for a patient 11 but man of the match Tom Richards joined Brennan to see the team home. Richards finished on 9 not out, Brennan finished on 10 not out and the game was won with 28 overs to spare. Twelve points to Haslingden who completed the league double over their closest challengers.
Sunday brought the last day of the bike ride. The weather was absolutely terrible. The Third XI game that had been rescheduled for early in the day was called off by 9am. The rain eased off slightly and it was hoped that we might get the HCC Legends v Ramsbottom Traders game on, but then the rain came down again and that was called off at 1pm.
This did not deter the HCC members and friends from coming to the club to welcome the very wet bike riders home. They arrived back at about 4.30pm having covered 224 miles over three days, and they all looked as fresh as daisies! But there were some very tired limbs.
A couple of photos from a very long day 2. Northampton to Stoke and approximately 93 miles covered.
Don’t forget to donate via http://www.gofundme.com/mcc2hcc
Day 1 is now finished. 80 miles from Lord’s to Northampton via Wembley, St Albans and Milton Keynes have been completed. Here are some photo’s from the day, some very exhausted people on the last one at the hotel!
Keep going all, only a few more miles to go…
Our fundraising site can be accessed here: www.gofundme.com/mcc2hcc
You may be aware that on this Friday the 26th July a group of junior coaches and supporters from Haslingden Cricket Club are taking on a unique biking challenge.
They will be setting off from Lord’s Cricket Ground in London and riding the 224 miles north back to Haslingden Cricket Club.
They are travelling over three days and will arrive back at Bentgate on Sunday 28th July during the late afternoon to be welcomed by a cricket match being played between an HCC Legends Team v The Ramsbottom Traders.
Please support this fantastic fundraising effort by visiting our Go Fund Me page here: www.gofundme.com/mcc2hcc
All funds raised will go towards improving provision and facilities at the club. We are also planning to support the local community and make a donation to Rossendale Hospice.
The Riders are:
Steven Abraham, Graeme Clarke, Crystal Clayton, George Farrell, Andy Horrocks, Paul Mercer, Deborah Scott, Jeff Stanton and Dave Strachan.
Club Chairman Andrew Lord and Treasurer Mark Parsons will be manning the support vehicle.
We would also like to say a big thank you to all of our sponsors for their support.
3rd XI v Norden – Saturday 13th July 2019
The Haslingden Third XI took on Norden at Bentgate on Saturday. Norden won the toss and decided to bat first. Niall Clarke and Carter Travers opened the bowling for Haslingden and Travers made an early breakthrough having Spencer Allen caught by Max Hadjigeorgiou for 0 closely followed by Martin Jackson caught behind by Leon Brennan for 5 and Norden were 19 for 2. Lucas Bargh took the next two wickets to reduce Norden to 76-4. Norden made slow progress and there were two wickets for Joe Hayton and one for Tom Horrocks as Norden made 131 for 7 in their 40 overs.
Haslingden made swift progress in their reply, with Oliver Nicholls scoring 53 from 38 deliveries, ably supported by Niall Clarke 22, Lucas Bargh 19 and Leon Brennan 25 not out. Haslingden reached their target of 132 in 22.1 overs and won the game by 5 wickets.
1st XI v Rawtenstall – Sunday 14th July 2019
The Haslingden First XI took on Rawtenstall at Bentgate on Cricket World Cup Final Day when Ernest Kemm was the sub-professional for the home team. Rawtenstall won the toss and elected to bat first. Joe Sipocz took the first three wickets to fall to reduce Rawtenstall to 22 for 3. When the spinners Ernest Kemm and Garry Sudworth came on to bowl, wickets fell steadily and Rawtenstall were bowled out for 84 in 38.4 overs. Kemm took 3 for 12 in 11.4 overs and Sudworth 4 for 22 in 11 overs.
Graham Knowles and Joe Sipocz opened for Haslingden but Knowles was out early without scoring. Sipocz followed shortly afterwards, but Kemm and Matthew Griffin put on 44 for the third wicket before Griffin was out for 11 bowled by Rawtenstall professional van Wyngaardt who took five wickets in his 14.5 overs. Ernest Kemm top scored with 31 and when he was out with the score on 80, Jordan Shannon with 5 not out and Oliver Nicholls with 4 not out saw Haslingden home to win the game by 2 wickets reaching 88 for 8 in 28.5 overs. 12 points to Haslingden and 4 for Rawtenstall.
2nd XI v Rawtenstall – Sunday 14th July 2019
The Haslingden Second XI took on Rawtenstall 2nds at the Worswick Memorial Ground on Sunday. Haslingden captain Tom Richards won the toss and decided to bat first. An unusually poor Haslingden batting display saw only Matthew Sudworth with 21 and Jeff Stanton with 13 reach double figures in the first nine of the batting line up. When Stanton was out the score was 90 for 9 and Ian Cameron came to the wicket to join Leon Brennan. Cameron (30) and Brennan (29 not out) put on 57 for the last wicket in this season’s Lancashire League Second XI best partnership for the tenth wicket to move Haslingden onto 147 all out in 37.4 overs.
Tom Horrocks made an early breakthrough in the Rawtenstall innings having Adil Hussain caught behind by Brennan for 1 with the score on 7. Rawtenstall accumulated runs steadily after that with Abbas Ahmad scoring 55 before he was caught by Stanton off the bowling of Joe Hayton. Haslingden struggled to breakthrough and Shakeel Khan was 29 not out at the end and Rawtenstall reached their target in 36.2 overs to win by three wickets. Joe Hayton was the pick of the Haslingden bowlers taking 3 for 36 in 9.2 overs. Twelve points to Rawtenstall and three points to Haslingden who remain top of the table.