Match Reports 8th September 2019

Sunday 8th September 2019 – First XI v Rishton

Haslingden welcomed Rishton to Bentgate for the final home game of the Lancashire League season.  Graham Knowles was the home team captain in the absence of the injured Joe Sipocz, he lost the toss and Haslingden were asked to bat first. Haslingden started poorly and were 3 for 2 when Matthew Griffin was out for two in the third over, Nathan Thornton having already been dismissed without scoring. Sub-professional Neels Bergh and Sean Hunsley put on 31 for the third wicket before Hunsley was caught at gully for 8.  Bergh followed shortly afterwards for 22 with the score on 42 for 4.  Graham Knowles and Lawrence Adlum put on 34 for the fifth wicket before Adlum was stumped for 6.  Oliver Cameron scored 8 and when he was dismissed the score was 90 for 6.  Graham Knowles top scored for Haslingden with 45 but was bowled with the score on 103. Jordan Shannon was dismissed without scoring, Oliver Nicholls followed shortly afterwards for 1 with the score on 104 for 9. Last pair Oliver Lord and Ethan Stanton put on 19 in a vital last wicket partnership before Lord was bowled for 12, Haslingden finishing on 123 all out.  Rishton spinner Luke Eddleston took 4 for 46 from his 15 overs.

Rishton started brightly until Oliver Lord removed Richie Fox who was caught behind by Ethan Stanton for 8 when the score was on 20. Matthew Griffin took a stunning one-handed return catch to remove the Rishton sub professional Ashen Silva for 12 and Neels Bergh removed the hard hitting Sajid Patel for 36 to reduce Rishton to 69 for 3.  Sean Hunsley and Neels Bergh reduced the scoring rate with some accurate bowling backed up by some excellent fielding. When Hunsley bowled the Rishton captain Brad Boddie for 7 with the score on 78 for 5, the pressure told on the Rishton middle order and, with Hunsley taking four wickets and Bergh three, Rishton were reduced to 98 for 9.  Danny Curran and Matthew Bradley took the score to 112 before Curran was caught by Oliver Nicholls off the bowling of Oliver Lord and Haslingden won by 11 runs.  Sean Hunsley was the pick of the bowlers taking 4 for 32 from his 15 overs, Neels Bergh took 3 for 22 from his 13 overs.  12 points to Haslingden and 6 points to Rishton. 

Sunday 8th September 2019 – 2nd XI v Church

Haslingden travelled to Blackburn Road to take on Church 2nd XI in their final game of the season.  The Church captain McDonagh won the toss and asked the Division 2 Champions to bat first on what was a very soft and difficult wicket.  Matthew Sudworth and Jeff Stanton opened the innings and put on 67 for the first wicket before Sudworth was out for a rapid 43.  Stanton was third out for 30 when the score was 102.  The other batsmen who made double figures were Alex Jeffrey with 20, Tom Richards 17 and Joseph Blomley 12 in the very competitive Haslingden total of 158 all out from 44 overs.

Haslingden made short work of bowling out Church for a total of 45 in 23 overs. Only Nathaniel Young reached double figures.  The wickets were shared between the Haslingden bowlers with Alex Jeffrey taking 3 for 21 from 9 overs and Tom Horrocks taking 3 for 10 in his 7 overs. 16 year old Niall Clarke took 3 for 5 in his 3 overs which included an excellent slip catch by Matthew Sudworth and 14 year old Lucas Bargh took the other wicket to fall when he dismissed Muneeb Alam for 2.  The average age of both sides was very low with a lot of promising youngsters on both teams. 12 points to Haslingden and 2 points to Church.

17 year old Tom Horrocks finished as the leading 2nd XI wicket taker in Division 2 of the Lancashire League with 42 wickets for the season.

Match Reports – Sunday 1st September 2019

Sunday 1st September 2019 – First XI v Great Harwood

Haslingden First XI travelled to Great Harwood for their final away game of the season. Unfortunately, the ground was deemed to be unfit for play as the wicket was extremely wet and the umpires called off the game shortly after 2.30pm. 3 points to each team.

Sunday 1st September 2019 – Second XI v Great Harwood

Great Harwood were the visitors to Bentgate as the Haslingden Second XI sought the five points they required to be promoted as 2019 Champions to Division One. Captain Tom Richards won the toss and decided to bowl first in a rain affected game. Haslingden got off to a good start and two wickets from Alex Jeffrey reduced Great Harwood to 8 for 2 early on.  There were then several interruptions for rain, with the covers coming on and going off on at least three occasions in a short space of time.  When the game finally resumed, the match was reduced to 37 overs a side and Great Harwood moved the score onto 62 before Zeain Ali was out, caught by an excellent catch by vice-captain Ian Cameron to be the first of Joe Hayton’s five wickets.  The Great Harwood middle order all scored over 20, and when Jason Kayley was bowled by Tom Horrocks the score was 141 for 7.  Haslingden stuck to their task and the last wicket fell in the final over as Great Harwood posted a score of 158.  Joe Hayton was the pick of the Haslingden bowlers with 5 for 48 in his 11.4 overs.

Nathan Thornton and Matthew Sudworth opened the batting and put on a classy 55 before Thornton was out lbw for 19.  Sudworth followed shortly afterwards for the innings’ top score of 39 when the score was 65 for 2.  The next batsmen struggled to score quickly, but Oliver Nicholls and Tom Horrocks gave the innings momentum and when Tom Richards joined Nicholls in the middle the score was 119 and Haslingden required 38 from 9 overs. Nicholls was out for 20 with the score on 127, by which time Haslingden had achieved the five points they needed to be Champions.  When Joe Hayton was out with the score on 145, Haslingden required 12 from 2 overs to reach the revised Duckworth Lewis target of 156.  Richards stepped up a gear and in a fitting finale to the last home game of the season he smashed the third ball of the last over for six to take the score to 160 and Haslingden won by three wickets.

Twelve points to Haslingden and they are Division 2 Champions for 2019 with one game still to play. A presentation of the cup and individual trophies was made after the game by Mike Bibby, Chairman of the Lancashire League.

Second XI – Division Two Champions 2019

Match Reports 24th – 26th August 2019

Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th August 2019 – First XI v Milnrow and Littleborough

Haslingden took on Milnrow at Ladyhouse on Saturday and Littleborough at Bentgate on Sunday. At Milnrow captain Joe Sipocz lost the toss and was asked to bat first by the Milnrow captain David Bebb. Matthew Griffin and Lawrence Adlum opened the batting and put on 137 for the first wicket before Adlum was caught and bowled by the Milnrow professional Asif Zakir for 48. Haslingden professional Ryan Burl added 57 with Matthew Griffin for the second wicket as Griffin went on to score his maiden Lancashire League century.  When Griffin was out for 115, Sean Hunsley with 24 not out and Joe Sipocz with 26 not out put on an unbeaten 46 to take the score onto 273 for 5 after 50 overs. Milnrow were reduced to 8 for 4 early on in their innings, and only David Bebb with 40 and Matthew Barlow with 25 reached double figures.  When Bebb was dismissed by a stunning Jordan Shannon slip catch off the bowling of Matthew Griffin, wickets tumbled quickly and Milnrow were bowled out for 91 in 31.2 overs.  Garry Sudworth took 3 for 19 in his seven overs, Sean Hunsley took 3 for 7 in 4.1 overs and Matthew Griffin took 2 for 7 in his 5 overs.  12 points to Haslingden.

On Sunday, Littleborough were the visitors to Bentgate when Joe Sipocz won the toss and elected to bat.  Unfortunately, the Haslingden season long batting struggles returned to haunt them and only Alex Coleman and Oliver Lord who both scored 22 reached 20 or more.  Haslingden were bowled out for 103 in 47 overs and owed a considerable amount to Lord and Ethan Stanton who put on 35 for the last wicket.  Haslingden started well and had Littleborough at 21 for 3 when their professional Travis Townsend was out for 5, but Clinton Perrin and Ryan Miskella took the score onto 103 before Miskella was caught behind for 33 off the bowling of Jordan Shannon.  Littleborough scored the one run they needed for victory and won the game by six wickets, Perrin finished on 38 not out.  Ryan Burl took 2 for 36 in his 15 overs. 12 points to Littleborough.

Sunday 25th August 2019 – 2nd XI v Littleborough

The 2nd XI had no game on Saturday as Milnrow could not raise a team and conceded the game.  This gave Haslingden 12 points which was sufficient to confirm their promotion to Division One for next season. 

On Sunday at Littleborough, Haslingden captain Tom Richards won the toss and decided to bat first.  Nathan Thornton was out with the score on 13, but a 66-run partnership between Jeff Stanton and Leon Brennan took the score to 79 before Stanton was caught for 32 off the bowling of Louis Russell. Brennan went on to top score with 41 before he was dismissed for the first time this season with the score on 115.  The only other innings of note was Tom Horrocks who scored 23, as Haslingden posted a score of 147 for 9 from their 45 overs.  Littleborough’s Lewis Eadsforth took 3 for 20 from his 10 overs and Louis Russell took 3 for 34 from 9 overs.

Wickets fell steadily during the Littleborough’s innings and only Shazan Reeza with 20 and Mudasser Butt with 21 scored 20 or more. When Butt was dismissed the score was 91 for 5 and Littleborough offered little resistance from then on and were bowled out for 117 in the 41st over.  Tom Horrocks took 5 for 22 in his 11.3 overs and Ian Cameron took 2 for 32 in his 7 overs.  Twelve points to Haslingden in their quest to be promoted as champions.

Monday 26th August 2019 – 3rd XI v Nelson

Haslingden took on Nelson 3rd XI at Bentgate on a very hot and sunny Bank Holiday Monday in their first 4th, 5th and 6th play-off game. Both teams were made up of talented young players and Haslingden captain Jeff Stanton lost the toss and Nelson batted first.  Haslingden’s Carter Travers took the first wicket when the score was on 2 but Nelson progressed onto 39 before Dinning became the first of Lucas Bargh’s three wickets when he was dismissed for 10.  Jack Bradley scored 47 and was the fifth man out with the score on 90.  Tom Garner offered more resistance with 25 and was the last man out as Nelson reached 115 in 34.2 overs. Lucas Bargh was the pick of the Haslingden bowlers with 3 for 28 in his 8 overs.

In reply Haslingden progressed steadily towards their target. They were 63 for 3 when Lucas Bargh was out, but there was then a middle order collapse to reduce the team to 85 for 8. Jeff Stanton with a patient 7 put on 22 with Tom Horrocks for the ninth wicket before he was out with the score on 107.  This brought Ethan Stanton to the wicket and the last pair played very sensibly as Horrocks scored the winning runs with 5.5 overs to spare and he finished on 60 not out.  Nelson’s Matthew Pettinger took 3 for 23 in his eight overs. Twelve points to Haslingden and five points to Nelson in an excellent, competitive game.

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.