Match Reports 17/18 August 2019

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.

Match Reports – 10/11 August 2019

Saturday 10th August 2019 – 1st and 2nd XI’s v Enfield

Unfortunately both games were called off without a ball being bowled because of the appalling weather.

Sunday 11th August 2019 – 3rd XI v Clitheroe 4th XI

Haslingden took on the Clitheroe 4th XI at Bentgate in the only Lancashire League game over the weekend to beat the wet conditions.  Sterling work from the groundsmen enabled the fixture to start shortly after 1pm in a 38 over game.  Captain Jeff Stanton won the toss and elected to bat.  Haslingden got off to a steady start and were 32 when Leon Brennan was out for 15. Niall Clarke followed shortly afterwards for 16. Joe Hayton and Alex Chapleo shared a fourth wicket stand of 35 when Hayton was bowled for 17 and the score was 74 for 4. Wickets then fell steadily as Haslingden reached 125 for 8 from their 38 overs.  Alex Chapleo top scored with 25 and there was an excellent 16 not out from 13-year-old Jack Fuller at the end.

Haslingden’s bowling attack was restricted because of holidays and injuries and they struggled with the ball as the Clitheroe openers got off to a fast start. After a short break for rain the Clitheroe target was reduced to 119.  The Clitheroe batsmen continued to score quickly and Haslingden were only able to take 2 wickets as Clitheroe reached their target with 15 overs to spare. Joe Hayton took the two wickets to fall. Ten points to Clitheroe.

Match Reports – weekend 3/4 August 2019

Saturday 3rd August 2019 – 3rd XI v Lowerhouse 4th XI

Haslingden travelled to Liverpool Road to take on the Lowerhouse 4th XI when captain Jeff Stanton won the toss and elected to bat.  Haslingden got off to a good start and were 56 when Leon Brennan was out for 22. Wickets then fell steadily as Haslingden reached 126 for 9 from their 40 overs.  Niall Clarke top scored with 36, Joe Hayton made 33 and Jeff Stanton with 12 not out at the end was the only other batsman to reach double figures.  Tom Yorke-Robinson took 4 for 8 from his five overs.

Despite two early breakthroughs to reduce Lowerhouse to 6 for 2, Haslingden could not capitalise on their good start. Although there were three quick wickets in the middle of the innings when the score was 65 for 6, Lowerhouse reached their target in 32 overs to win by three wickets.  Yorke-Robinson made 29 and A. Aurangzeb was 32 not out at the end.  Joe Hayton, Joseph Blomley and Lucas Bargh took two wickets each. Three points to Haslingden and ten points to Lowerhouse.

Sunday 4th August 2019 – 1st XI v Bacup

At Bentgate on Sunday the Haslingden 1st XI took on Bacup who won the toss and asked Haslingden to bat first with one eye on the forecast for heavy rain showers. Graham Knowles made a quick 22 before he top edged a delivery from Ben Lord and the Bacup professional Sachi Serasinghe took an excellent catch sprinting back from 1st slip. Haslingden captain Joe Sipocz top scored with 38 and professional Ryan Burl batted patiently for his 28 to enable Haslingden to post a total of 135 all out with the last wicket falling in the final over. Serasinghe was the pick of the Bacup bowlers taking 3 for 32 from his 15 overs and Ben Lord bowled a good 13 over spell taking 2 for 32.

Bacup made a good start and were 96 for 1 when Matthew Griffin removed Simon Newbitt for 27 with an excellent catch from Jordan Shannon. When Serasinghe was dismissed for 55 the score was 126 for 4 and there was a mid order collapse with five wickets falling for eight runs. After somewhat of a panic Bacup got over the line with eight wickets down in the 37th over. Griffin took 3 for 23 and Burl 4 for 45. Four points to Haslingden and twelve points to Bacup.

Sunday 4th August 2019 – 2nd XI v Bacup

On Sunday at Lanehead the second eleven took on Bacup hoping to maintain their lead at the top of the table. The Bacup captain John Syers won the toss and put Haslingden in to bat.  Jeff Stanton made 30 and Alex Jeffrey 29 in the Haslingden innings. Forty three extras contributed significantly to the score in the final total of 150 for 9 from 45 overs.  Bacup’s Liam Naylor took 3 for 20.

Despite taking early wickets to reduce Bacup to 36 for 4 the team could not remove Matt Schofield who made 84 not out, as Bacup won by 3 wickets in the 32nd over. Alex Jeffrey was the pick of the Haslingden bowlers taking 3 for 44 in 10.1 overs.  Three points to Haslingden and ten points to Bacup.

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

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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JOHN WINTER – 1932 to 2018

The committee are much saddened to announce the passing at the age of 86 of our former President, 1st XI Captain and Honorary Life Member John Winter. Our sincere condolences go out to Maureen, his family and all his friends and our thoughts are with them all at this sad time.

In a 1st XI Career spanning 29 years from 1947 to 1976 John scored 7659 runs at an average of 16.8 with a highest score of 94 and with John passing the 50 mark on 58 occasions.

Despite suffering from illness in the past couple of years, John was still a regular visitor to Bentgate to watch the cricket when his health and the weather permitted. His passing is a sad loss to the Club.

John’s funeral will be held on Wednesday, April 25th. There will be a service at St Mary Magdalene, Gawthorpe Road, Burnley at 1.15pm and then Burnley Crematorium at 2.20pm.

Further information will be added this post as it becomes available.

Christmas Opening Times 2018

For all members and guests, please see below details of the HCC opening times over the Christmas period :

Mon 24th December – Christmas Eve – closed

Tues 25th December – Christmas Day – 12noon to 3pm (last orders 2.30pm)

Wed 26th December – Boxing Day – 12noon to 7pm (last orders 6.30pm)

Thurs 27th to Sun 30th December – Normal Opening Hours

Mon 31st December – New Years Eve – Club Open from 6pm until late

The Club will then reopen on Thursday 3rd  January

The committee of HCC would like to wish all of our members, guests and their families all the very best for a Happy Christmas and a prosperous and peaceful New Year.

We look forward to you continuing to support YOUR CLUB in 2019.