From the MCC to HCC

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.

Match Reports – 13/14 July 2019

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.

Match Reports – 6/7 July 2019

1st XI v Nelson – Saturday 6th July 2019

The First XI took on Nelson at Seedhill on Saturday having secured the services of ex-England and Nottinghamshire cricketer, Samit Patel as sub-professional. Nelson captain Neil Thompson won the toss and elected to bat first however Haslingden unusually produced a disappointing bowling and fielding performance.  Jack Bradley and David Crotty opened for Nelson and the score was 50 when Bradley was bowled by Patel for 22.  Patel took four wickets for 47 in his 15 over spell. Garry Sudworth took 2 for 36 in his 13 overs with Sean Hunsley and Matthew Griffin being the only other wicket takers as Nelson progressed to 214 for 8 in their 50 overs. Neil Thompson was not out on 87 at the close of innings.

Graham Knowles and Joe Sipocz opened for Haslingden and put on 18 for the first wicket when Sipocz was well caught by Crotty at first slip. Samit Patel came in at number 3 but was out for a 3rd ball duck, caught and bowled by Thompson. Wickets tumbled steadily with only Knowles reaching double figures for Haslingden with an excellent 52. The Nelson professional Sandika Ridma took 6 for 22 in 12.5 overs as Haslingden were all out for 88. Twelve points to Nelson on a poor day for Haslingden.

2nd XI v Nelson – Saturday 6th July 2019

The Haslingden Second XI took on Nelson 2nds at Bentgate on Saturday.  Captain for the day Ian Cameron won the toss and elected to bat first. Openers Matthew Sudworth and Nathan Thornton put on 53 for the first wicket before Sudworth was out lbw for 18. Haslingden continued to accumulate runs throughout with Thornton scoring 38 and Tom Horrocks top scoring with 68 which was his maiden Second XI fifty.  The innings closed after 45 overs with Haslingden scoring 220 for 6, with Joseph Blomley not out 38 from 28 balls.

Horrocks made an early breakthrough in the Nelson innings having Harry Waddington caught by Joe Hayton for 1 with the score on 8. Once Ahmed was out with the score on 95-5 the remaining wickets fell quickly. Nelson finished their innings on 137 when Sardar Asghar retired hurt, leaving J Waddington stranded on 32 not out after 39.4 overs.  Horrocks, Hayton, Blomley and Niall Clarke took two wickets each and 13-year-old Carter Travers took his first second XI wicket on debut. Twelve points to Haslingden who remain top of the table.

3rd XI v Accrington – Sunday 7th July 2019

The Haslingden Third XI took on Accrington at Thorneyholme Road on Sunday.  Accrington captain Raheem Kasser won the toss and put Haslingden into bat first. Niall Clarke and Leon Brennan opened the innings and put on 25 before Brennan was lbw for 16. Oliver Gardner came in at number 5 with the score on 38.  He was the top scorer in the innings with a hard hitting 24 and put on 43 for the sixth wicket with Joseph Blomley. Gardner was out with the score on 96 and Blomley followed with the score on 108-8.  Captain Jeff Stanton put on 22 at the end with Jack Fuller and Olivia Blomley. Olivia was last out in the final over and the innings closed on 130 with Stanton 13 not out. 

Alice Clarke and Thomas Walker opened for Accrington.  Joseph Blomley made the first breakthrough having Walker caught behind by Brennan with the score on 18. Alice Clarke was brilliantly caught and bowled by Niall Clarke for 17 and when Riley Armstrong was out lbw to Olivia Blomley for 21 with the score on 76-8 the spectators thought that the game was up.  However, Accrington still believed that they could pull off an unlikely win and entertaining innings from Jordan Marsden (14), Josh Lloyd (8) and Antonio Lo-Giudice (25 not out) ensured a close finish.  Lloyd was last out lbw to Joseph Blomley in the 37th over with the score on 122 and Haslingden won by 8 runs. Joseph Blomley with 3-20 and Carter Travers with 3-36 were the pick of the Haslingden bowlers.  Twelve points to Haslingden and seven points to Accrington.  Jeff Stanton was very pleased with the win, saying that his young team never gave up and kept their concentration to see the team home despite the last two Accrington wickets putting on 46.

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Match Reports 28-30th June 2019

T20 v Crompton – Friday 28th June 2019

Haslingden’s youthful T20 team took on Crompton at Bentgate on Friday night. Crompton won the toss and elected to bowl first. Leicestershire all-rounder Arron Lilley was again the sub professional for Haslingden. Arron Lilley and Matthew Griffin opened the batting for Haslingden and after a wide, Lilley was caught at first slip off the next delivery. Griffin and Chris Cook-Martin took the score onto 24 before Griffin was caught for 9. Cook-Martin (13) was next to go with the score on 31.  Sean Hunsley and Oliver Cameron moved the score onto 68 when Cameron was bowled for 15. There was little more resistance after that and when Hunsley was out for a top score of 26 with the score on 94 there were three overs remaining. Oliver Lord, Tom Horrocks and Leon Brennan who was making his debut, moved the score onto 109 for 9 in 20 overs.  Crompton made short work of chasing the runs with big hitting Mohammad Jamal scoring 62 runs in 33 balls. Arron Lilley took the one wicket to fall when the score was on 50.  Crompton reached their target in 9.3 overs and qualify for the quarter finals, pipping Walsden with a better run rate. Thank you to John Stanton for taking the fantastic photos.

1st XI v Rishton – Sunday 30th June 2019

The First XI took on Rishton at Liverpool Road on a windy but warm Sunday. Joe Sipocz the Haslingden captain won the toss and decided to bat first. Graham Knowles and Matthew Sudworth opened the batting.  Sudworth was out early but Knowles and sub professional Neels Bergh took the score onto 51 for the second wicket before Knowles was given out caught behind for 30.  Bergh and Matthew Griffin shared a 105 run partnership with Bergh scoring 58 before he was bowled by Ashfaq when the score was 156.  Griffin went on to score an excellent 94 before he was last out in the final over with the score on 218.  The only other Haslingden player to reach double figures was Joe Sipocz with 10.  Brad Boddie and Rishton professional Mansoor Amjad both took 3 wickets.

Joe Sipocz and Oliver Lord opened the bowling for Haslingden and got off to a great start with Lord taking a wicket with the first ball.  Rishton professional Amjad scored 36 before he was bowled by Sean Hunsley and the score was 66 for 3. Wickets continued to fall throughout but Haslingden could not remove Boddie who made 97 before he was bowled by his opposite number Sipocz in the 48th over.  By that time the score was 210. Abdul Mall and Andrew Hickey saw Rishton over the line to win by one wicket with seven balls to spare. Garry Sudworth took 4 for 57 in his 15 overs and Sean Hunsley took 2 for 48 in his 13 overs. Twelve points to Rishton and five points to Haslingden who move up to second place in the table.

2nd XI v Church – Sunday 30th June 2019

The Haslingden Second XI took on third placed Church 2nds at Bentgate on Sunday.  Church won the toss and decided to bat first. Tom Horrocks and Oliver Cameron opened the bowling for Haslingden and ran through the top eight in short time, assisted by a Joseph (Jonty) Blomley direct hit run out. Cameron took five wickets in his fine spell and Horrocks took two. The innings was wrapped up by Joe Hayton who took two wickets in the 17th over and Church were dismissed for 66.  Lawrence Adlum and Nathan Thornton opened the batting for Haslingden and the score was 33-2 when Thornton was dismissed. Jeff Stanton with 21 not out and Oliver Cameron with 18 not out saw the team home to win by eight wickets by 3.30pm.  Twelve points to Haslingden who remain top of the table.

MATCH REPORTS – 22/23 JUNE 2019

T20 v Littleborough – Friday 21st June 2019

Haslingden’s young T20 team travelled to Hare Hill to play Littleborough on Friday night. The game started a little later than scheduled owing to the exceptionally heavy traffic in the Littleborough area, and the home team won the toss and elected to bat first. Leicestershire all-rounder Arron Lilley was the sub professional for Haslingden. Matthew Griffin and Oliver Lord opened the bowling. There was an early breakthrough for Griffin with Hernon being caught by Joe Sipocz when the score was on 19.  The Littleborough professional Travis Townsend and Chris Perren then put on 47 in quick time before Perren was bowled by Sean Hunsley for 25. The runs continued to flow with Townsend putting on another 57 with Smith-Butler before Lilley took the first of his two wickets bowling Townsend. Littleborough moved onto 139-5 in their 20 overs. 

Lilley and Griffin opened the batting for Haslingden and the score was 92 when Lilley was bowled by Kershaw for 57 off 42 balls. When Griffin was out for 25, there then followed two quick wickets before Oliver Cameron came in with the score on 111.  Cameron put on 27 with Hunsley and the 18th over was crucial with Cameron scoring 12 runs from it.  Hunsley was bowled with the third ball of the 20th over with the score on 138.  Joe Hayton was run out making sure that Cameron was on strike for the next ball.  Haslingden needed 2 runs from the last ball and with Cameron on strike he hit a leg stump half volley for 4 to silence the Littleborough crowd and giving Haslingden victory by 4 wickets. Cameron finished on 23 not out from 16 balls.

3rd XI v Middleton – Saturday 22nd June 2019

The 3rd XI travelled to Towncroft to face Middleton on Saturday, when the weather was unusually fine. Middleton won the toss and asked Haslingden to bat first. Joseph Blomley fell in the first over and Niall Clarke departed shortly afterwards for 11 with the score on 18-2. 14 year old Lucas Bargh and Tom Horrocks put on 60 for the third wicket when Horrocks was out for 31. Bargh and Alex Chapleo put on 19 for the fourth wicket before Bargh was bowled for a patient 32 with the score on 97-4.  Ethan Stanton with 12 and Chapleo with 23 were the other main contributors to the innings. When the score was on 130-9, 13 year old Jack Fuller hit the shot of the day with a pull through square leg for 3.  Haslingden finished on 135-9.

Joe Blomley and Niall Clarke reduced Middleton to 36-3 before Lucas Bargh took the first of his five wickets neatly stumped by Ethan Stanton. The next two wickets put on 56 before Horrocks made the breakthrough to dismiss Ben Lee when Middleton were on 93-7.  Middleton were bowled out for 104.  Bargh’s figures were 7 overs, 1 maiden 5 wickets for 25 runs. There were also two wickets each for Joe Blomley and Niall Clarke. 12 points to Haslingden.

1st XI v Great Harwood – Sunday 23rd June 2019

The First XI took on Great Harwood at Bentgate on a windy Sunday with rain forecast for later in the afternoon. Great Harwood won the toss and decided to bat first. Shortly before the game started, Haslingden wicketkeeper Mark Groom injured his knee and could not play. An emergency call was made to Ethan Stanton who was with the second team at Great Harwood and he set off back to Bentgate with Niall Clarke going in the opposite direction to play for the 2nd XI.  Graham Knowles took the gloves for the first few overs and Oliver Gardner (who was supposed to be scoring) sub fielded until Stanton arrived. Joe Sipocz and Oliver Lord opened the bowling for Haslingden and got off to a good start with Lord taking two wickets and Sipocz taking one to reduce Great Harwood to 19-3. The Great Harwood professional Thikshila de Silva and Zeain Ali put on 32 for the fourth wicket before Haslingden sub-professional Ernest Kemm removed de Silva well caught by Ethan Stanton. Kemm took another three quick wickets to take the score to 70-7 before Nazakat Hussain and Faheem Basharat hit out to put on a quickfire 42 and Great Harwood were 112 when Basharat was caught by Oliver Nicholls off the bowling of Matthew Griffin. Hussain followed shortly afterwards superbly caught in the deep by Oliver Lord off the bowling of Kemm.  The last wicket offered little resistance and Great Harwood were bowled out for 115.  Ernest Kemm was the pick of the Haslingden bowlers, taking 5-23 off his 14 overs.

In their reply Haslingden’s Graham Knowles hit an excellent 63 not out from 61 balls, with 10 fours and one six and he was ably supported by Ernest Kemm who finished 23 not out. Haslingden reached their target for the loss of one wicket in 16.5 overs. Twelve points to Haslingden.

2nd XI v Great Harwood – Sunday 23rd June 2019

The undefeated Haslingden Second XI took on Great Harwood 2nds at Cliffe Park on Sunday 23rd June.  Haslingden captain Tom Richards won the toss and decided to bat first.  Nathan Thornton and Lawrence Adlum opened for Haslingden and took the score to 56 before Adlum was caught for 31. Thornton was out for 17 when the score was on 71. Oliver Cameron and Jeff Stanton then put on 87 for the third wicket before Stanton was out for 30 and the score was 158. Oliver Cameron scored an excellent 82 containing ten fours, before he was given out lbw to Basharat. Joe Hayton was undefeated on 28 at the end and Haslingden finished on 243-7 in their 45 overs.  Basharat took 4 – 34 in his seven overs for Great Harwood.

Tom Horrocks and Oliver Cameron opened the bowling for Haslingden. Horrocks took an early wicket but Qayoom and Brown put on 39 for the second wicket.  Once Qayoom was out with the score on 66 there was a steady stream of wickets and Great Harwood were bowled out for 140. Horrocks took 4-47 in his 8.1 overs and there were three wickets for 38 for Joseph Blomley and Tom Richards took 2-29 in his eleven overs. Twelve points to Haslingden who remain top of the table.

MATCH REPORTS – WEEKEND 15TH/16TH JUNE

T20 v Walsden – Friday 14th June 2019

T20 cricket returned to Bentgate on Friday when Walsden were the visitors.  Walsden won the toss and put Haslingden into bat.  Unfortunately, the rain came after 15 overs when Haslingden were 75-6 and it was not possible to get back onto the field after the downpour. At that time Joe Sipocz was 27 not out.  One point to each team.

1st XI v Littleborough – Sunday 16th June 2019

After a washout on Saturday which resulted in the Third XI’s game against Clitheroe being called off, the First XI took on Littleborough at Hare Hill on an overcast Sunday with rain forecast.  Haslingden won the toss and captain Joe Sipocz decided to bowl.  Sipocz and Oliver Lord opened the bowling for Haslingden and got off to a good start with Sipocz taking three wickets in his seven over spell. After 20 overs the rain came down with Littleborough on 45-3 and three overs were lost. Shortly after the players came back onto the field, the Haslingden sub-professional Sehan Weerasinghe bowled the Littleborough professional Travis Townsend for 14 to reduce them to 58-4.  Haslingden could not make any further breakthrough and after 37 overs with the score on 105-4 rain interrupted the game again and a further 8 overs were lost.  When the rain abated Littleborough were able to come back on for two final overs and finished on 115-4 in 39 overs. Joe Sipocz with 3 for 22 was the pick of the Haslingden bowlers, his first wicket taken with the worst ball of the match and his second with the best ball of the match!

Haslingden’s revised target in 39 overs under the Duckworth Lewis method was 146. Graham Knowles and Matthew Sudworth opened the batting. Wickets went down steadily under darkening skies but Knowles batted well for his 45 before he was caught at extra cover trying to get ahead of the D/L par score. When his wicket fell in the 22nd over the score was 70-5 but as a result of the fall of the wicket the par score increased from 72 to 79.  Sean Hunsley was next to go bowled for 11 in the 25th over trying to get ahead of the par score. Haslingden were 80-6 with the par score increasing from 81 to 92.  After 25.1 overs the umpires finally brought the players off as the rain became heavier and Haslingden were 82-6 the par score being 93 at that stage.  It was not possible to get back onto the field and victory was Littleborough’s. Ten points to Littleborough and four points to Haslingden.

2nd XI v Littleborough – Sunday 16th June 2019

Haslingden Second XI took on Littleborough 2nds at Bentgate on Sunday 16th June wanting to maintain their 100% record at the top of the table.  Littleborough won the toss and taking into account the weather forecast, captain Chris Dearden asked Haslingden to bat first.  Nathan Thornton and Lawrence Adlum opened for Haslingden and took the score to 56 before Thornton was bowled for 18. Adlum went on to complete his second 50 in two weeks but was then bowled for 52.  Everyone contributed with the bat, Oliver Nicholls with 38 and Oliver Cameron with 30 were the next two highest scorers. Haslingden finished on 225-7 in their 45 overs.  Chris Dearden took 4 – 32 in his seven overs for Littleborough.

Tom Horrocks and Oliver Cameron opened the bowling for Haslingden and both bowled very well.  Frustratingly for Cameron he did not take a wicket despite beating the bat on many occasions.  Horrocks took 2-6 in his seven overs and captain Tom Richards took 2-29 in his eight. After 32 overs Littleborough were 115-6 and as the rain came down the players went off the field and it was not possible to get back on leaving Littleborough’s Mohammed Maqsood stranded on 55 not out. The Duckworth Lewis par score at that time was 163 so victory was Haslingden’s.  Ten points to Haslingden who remain top of the table.  Tom Richards said afterwards that he was very pleased with the team’s batting performance on the day, particularly the fact that everyone contributed to the score. He was frustrated though to drop the first points of the season because of the bad weather.

Match Reports – weekend 8th/9th June 2019

1st XI v Milnrow – Sunday 9th June 2019

After a washout on Saturday which resulted in the Third XI’s game at Lowerhouse being called off, the First XI took on Milnrow at Bentgate on an overcast Sunday with rain forecast for late afternoon.  Milnrow won the toss and decided to bat.  In an eventful start to the game Joe Sipocz and Oliver Lord opened the bowling for Haslingden and got off to a good start with Sipocz taking two wickets in his four over spell, Lord bowled an excellent five over opening spell with no luck. In the 25th over the Milnrow professional Asif Zakir who had been dropped on 6, middled the ball straight back at Haslingden’s sub-professional Neels Bergh who was bowling his first over, and Bergh’s finger was dislocated resulting in a trip to hospital to put it back into place. Lord came back onto bowl to finish his over.  Shortly afterwards Lord deservedly started taking wickets initially having the professional caught behind by Mark Groom for 32.  There was then little resistance from the rest of the Milnrow batsmen as Lord ripped through the middle order and ran out opener George Park who had battled well for his 28.  Sean Hunsley came back on towards the end to have Adnan Shafique the only other Milnrow player to reach double figures, well caught by Matthew Griffin for 20. Milnrow were all out for 144 in the 48th over. Oliver Lord who took his best figures to date in the Lancashire League with 5 wickets for 21 runs, Joe Sipocz with 2 for 22 runs and Sean Hunsley with 2 for 27 runs were the pick of the bowlers. 

Haslingden’s struggles with the bat this season continued at the start of their innings and they were reduced to 21 for 4 when Joe Sipocz, batting up the order in the absence of Neels Bergh, was out for 3. After a speedy trip back from hospital Bergh returned to the ground shortly before Sipocz was out and with his finger heavily strapped up he went in at number 8 to join Garry Sudworth when Haslingden were 49-6.  After 30 overs the players were taken off the field because of rain, at that stage the Duckworth Lewis par score was 100 and Haslingden were 112-6.  The rain delay resulted in a loss of 11 overs and there was a revised target of 130 when Haslingden resumed their innings. Haslingden reached the new target with four overs to spare scoring 133 for 6 with Garry Sudworth scoring the final four runs to bring up his 50. Sudworth finished on 52 not out and Bergh was 25 not out. Twelve points to Haslingden who move up to second place in the table.

2nd XI v Milnrow – Sunday 9th June 2019

The undefeated Haslingden Second XI took on Milnrow 2nds at Ladyhouse on Sunday 9th June with a view to maintaining their position at the top of the table.  Haslingden captain Tom Richards won the toss and taking into account the weather forecast he asked Milnrow to bat first.  After the opening spells by Tom Horrocks and Oliver Cameron at 14 overs Milnrow had reached 51 for 5 wickets with Oliver Cameron being unfortunate to have only taken three of those wickets.  Joseph Blomley bowled well and took two wickets in his opening three overs but Milnrow’s top scorer Emerson Witworth took a liking to his bowling in his fourth over. Niall Clarke bowled Witworth for 26 in his fourth over to take his first Second XI wicket. Milnrow were bowled out for 111 in 33.5 overs. Oliver Cameron took 4 for 27 runs in 8.5 overs, and he was ably supported by Tom Horrocks who took 2 for 28 runs in his 9 overs and Joseph Blomley with 2 for 24 runs in his 4 overs. 

Nathan Thornton and Jeff Stanton opened the batting for Haslingden and took the score to 19 before Thornton was run out in the 10th over. There was a rain delay after 13.2 overs when three overs were lost and Haslingden were set a revised target of 103. Stanton anchored the majority of the innings before he was bowled for 29 with the score on 89 in the 33rd over. Tom Horrocks batted sensibly and was 28 not out at the end to see Haslingden home after 37 overs.  Twelve points to Haslingden who remain top of the table 24 points clear of Church in second place.

Match Reports – weekend 1st/2nd June 2019

3rd XI v Todmorden 3rds – Saturday 1st June 2019

The Third XI gave a debut to Carter Travers on his 13th birthday against Todmorden at Bentgate on Saturday 1st June.  Captain Jeff Stanton won the toss and elected to bowl first. Carter took two wickets for 14 runs in his spell of four overs ably supporting the other bowlers Joe Hayton who took 3 wickets for 8 runs and Joseph Blomley with 2 wickets as Haslingden reduced Todmorden to 89-8.  However, an undefeated 55 from the experienced John Barker took Todmorden to 170 all out in 39.1 overs. 

After a reasonable start, the first wicket fell with 28 on the board and then Haslingden were unable to offer much more resistance with the bat with only Blomley and Oliver Gardner reaching double figures with 23 and 15 not out respectively. Haslingden were bowled out for 69; 12 points to Todmorden and 2 points to Haslingden. 

1st XI v Colne – Sunday 2nd June 2019

The First XI aiming to continue their three-match winning run, travelled to unbeaten Colne on a cloudy and wet day but the rain stopped in time for there to be a prompt start.  Colne won the toss and decided to bat.  They got off to a flying start and reached 63 before Haslingden’s sub-professional Neels Bergh took the first wicket in the 13th over with a good catch at deep mid-off by Oliver Lord. Colne moved onto 90 when Haslingden captain Joe Sipocz took two wickets in two balls in his first over. An excellent diving catch by Sean Hunsley dismissed the big hitting Kenton Rhodes for 46 and the Colne professional James Price followed him back to the dressing room the next delivery caught by Mark Groom for 24 amid some confusion with the umpire initially signalling a wide!  HCC then steadily took wickets to reduce Colne to 153 for 9 but a last wicket stand of 17, which would prove crucial, took Colne to 170 all out, the last wicket being taken by Garry Sudworth. Sean Hunsley with 3 for 17, Garry Sudworth with 3 for 29 and Joe Sipocz with 2 for 22 were the pick of the bowlers. 

Haslingden’s innings started on time but after 9 deliveries the players were taken off the field because of rain.  When the game resumed the revised target was 164 from 46 overs.  Graham Knowles and Chris Cook-Martin opened the batting and made a decent start reaching 30 before Knowles was bowled for 14.  When Bergh was bowled for 14 in the 18th over Haslingden were 66 for 4.  Shortly afterwards Matthew Sudworth and later Garry Sudworth were given out lbw for 0, both decisions appeared to be debatable but Sean Hunsley and Joe Sipocz put on 33 before Hunsley was caught and bowled for 14 by the experienced Colne bowler John Lambert reducing HCC to 100 for 6. None of the next three batsmen troubled the scorers and Sipocz was left stranded on 34 when Mark Groom was last out bowled for 1.  Haslingden were all out for 145 which included 58 extras and lost by 18 runs on the revised target. Six points to third placed Haslingden, twelve points to Colne who remain undefeated at the top of the table.

2nd XI v Lowerhouse – Sunday 2nd June 2019

The undefeated Haslingden Second XI took on Lowerhouse 2nds at Bentgate on Sunday 2nd June with a view to continuing their excellent start to the season.  The weather was cloudy and wet but with a break in the rain the game got off to a prompt start with Haslingden captain Tom Richards winning the all-important toss and taking into account the weather and pitch conditions he asked Lowerhouse to bat first.  After 18 overs Lowerhouse had reached 67 for 4 wickets when rain stopped play and the covers were brought on.  Six overs were lost before the game resumed and wickets tumbled steadily with Lowerhouse reaching 109 all out in 37.2 overs.  Tom Horrocks took 4 wickets for 30 runs in his 10.2 overs, Tom Richards 3 for 33 in his 12 overs and Joseph Blomley 3 for 13 in his 8 overs. 

Haslingden made easy work of reaching their revised target of 108 without losing any wickets in 27.2 overs with Lawrence Adlum undefeated on 57 and Jeff Stanton undefeated on 13 and with the addition of 39 extras they reached 109 without loss for an early finish.  Twelve points to Haslingden who remain top of the table 18 points clear of second placed Great Harwood.