MCC to HCC bike ride – Day 3 Welcome Home

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 3 route
Leaving Stoke
Back home

MCC to HCC bike ride – Day 1

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

Day 1 route
at Lord’s ready to go
At Wembley
Safely at the hotel in Northampton

Match Reports 20/21 July 2019

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.

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.