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 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.

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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.