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.
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!
3rd XI v Clitheroe 4th XI – Saturday 20th July 2019
The Haslingden Third XI travelled to Chatburn Road to play
the Clitheroe 4th XI on a very wet and unpleasant Saturday morning. There was a three-hour delay while the pitch
drained after the rain had stopped and it was agreed that the match would be a
20 over game. Clitheroe won the toss and
decided to field first. Niall Clarke and Leon Brennan opened the batting but
both were dismissed cheaply to reduce Haslingden to 5 for 2. Haslingden
accumulated runs steadily after that in their 20 overs and reached 89 for 9 at
the end. Joe Hayton top scored with 19,
Tom Horrocks scored 16 and Lucas Bargh contributed with 10 not out at the
end. Oliver Gardner hit a big six onto
the main road.
Niall Clarke and Lucas Bargh opened the bowling for
Haslingden. Wickets fell quickly and Clitheroe were all out for 45 in 16.3
overs. Clarke took a career best 4 for
11 in his five overs, Bargh took 2 for 25 in eight overs, Carter Travers took 2
for 5 in three overs and Max Hadjigeorgiou contributed to the win with his
first senior wicket. Haslingden won by 44
runs, 12 points to Haslingden and 1 point to Clitheroe.
1st XI v East Lancs – Sunday 21st July 2019
The Haslingden First XI took on East Lancs at Alexandra Meadows in the 250th Lancashire League game between the two teams. With Haslingden professional Ryan Burl back from Zimbabwe duty, East Lancs won the toss and elected to bat first. Oliver Lord and Joe Sipocz opened the bowling and Sipocz took the first two wickets to fall to reduce East Lancs to 21 for 2. One run later Lawrence Adlum ran out the East Lancs professional Angelo Jayasinghe with a superb piece of fielding. When the spinners Ryan Burl and Garry Sudworth came on to bowl, wickets fell steadily with Sudworth taking an excellent 5 for 20 in his thirteen overs. Phill Aspinall scored his maiden League half century for East Lancs and he was the last man out stumped by Ethan Stanton off the bowling of Sean Hunsley. East Lancs were bowled out for 108 in 36.4 overs.
Graham Knowles and Lawrence Adlum opened for Haslingden and
moved the score onto 36 before Adlum was bowled by Joe Bolton for 16. The game progressed quickly and Graham
Knowles was unbeaten on 39 from 58 balls and Ryan Burl was 37 not out from 46
balls at the end. There was an early finish in the 23rd over and
Haslingden won the game by nine wickets, 12 points to Haslingden who move
within one point of second placed Middleton. Captain Joe Sipocz said after the
game that he was very pleased with the win and that his team were dominant all
aspects of the game. It was a comprehensive victory.
2nd XI v East Lancs – Sunday 21st July 2019
The Haslingden Second XI took on East Lancs 2nds at Bentgate
on Sunday where the home team captain Tom Richards won the toss and decided to bowl
first. Tom Horrocks made two early breakthroughs in the East Lancs innings and
reduced the away team to 9 for 2. Only two of the East Lancs batsmen reached
double figures, Sohail Mohammed top scored with 19 and captain David Pearson
scored 16. Once Pearson was the fifth man out bowled by Joe Hayton with the
score on 55, wickets fell steadily and East Lancs were bowled out for 77 in
31.5 overs. Joe Hayton was the pick of the Haslingden bowlers taking an
excellent 5 for 10 in 6.5 overs. Tom Horrocks took 2 for 17 in seven overs and
Ian Cameron took 2 for 18 in his nine overs.
Haslingden made hard work of their reply but Leon Brennan
with 23 not out saw Haslingden home in 23.5 overs to win by 5 wickets. Matthew
Sudworth with 10 and Jeff Stanton with a steady 14 were the other batsmen to
reach double figures. Twelve points to Haslingden who remain top of the table
and one point to East Lancs.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.