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.