Match Reports – weekend 1st/2nd June 2019

3rd XI v Todmorden 3rds – Saturday 1st June 2019

The Third XI gave a debut to Carter Travers on his 13th birthday against Todmorden at Bentgate on Saturday 1st June.  Captain Jeff Stanton won the toss and elected to bowl first. Carter took two wickets for 14 runs in his spell of four overs ably supporting the other bowlers Joe Hayton who took 3 wickets for 8 runs and Joseph Blomley with 2 wickets as Haslingden reduced Todmorden to 89-8.  However, an undefeated 55 from the experienced John Barker took Todmorden to 170 all out in 39.1 overs. 

After a reasonable start, the first wicket fell with 28 on the board and then Haslingden were unable to offer much more resistance with the bat with only Blomley and Oliver Gardner reaching double figures with 23 and 15 not out respectively. Haslingden were bowled out for 69; 12 points to Todmorden and 2 points to Haslingden. 

1st XI v Colne – Sunday 2nd June 2019

The First XI aiming to continue their three-match winning run, travelled to unbeaten Colne on a cloudy and wet day but the rain stopped in time for there to be a prompt start.  Colne won the toss and decided to bat.  They got off to a flying start and reached 63 before Haslingden’s sub-professional Neels Bergh took the first wicket in the 13th over with a good catch at deep mid-off by Oliver Lord. Colne moved onto 90 when Haslingden captain Joe Sipocz took two wickets in two balls in his first over. An excellent diving catch by Sean Hunsley dismissed the big hitting Kenton Rhodes for 46 and the Colne professional James Price followed him back to the dressing room the next delivery caught by Mark Groom for 24 amid some confusion with the umpire initially signalling a wide!  HCC then steadily took wickets to reduce Colne to 153 for 9 but a last wicket stand of 17, which would prove crucial, took Colne to 170 all out, the last wicket being taken by Garry Sudworth. Sean Hunsley with 3 for 17, Garry Sudworth with 3 for 29 and Joe Sipocz with 2 for 22 were the pick of the bowlers. 

Haslingden’s innings started on time but after 9 deliveries the players were taken off the field because of rain.  When the game resumed the revised target was 164 from 46 overs.  Graham Knowles and Chris Cook-Martin opened the batting and made a decent start reaching 30 before Knowles was bowled for 14.  When Bergh was bowled for 14 in the 18th over Haslingden were 66 for 4.  Shortly afterwards Matthew Sudworth and later Garry Sudworth were given out lbw for 0, both decisions appeared to be debatable but Sean Hunsley and Joe Sipocz put on 33 before Hunsley was caught and bowled for 14 by the experienced Colne bowler John Lambert reducing HCC to 100 for 6. None of the next three batsmen troubled the scorers and Sipocz was left stranded on 34 when Mark Groom was last out bowled for 1.  Haslingden were all out for 145 which included 58 extras and lost by 18 runs on the revised target. Six points to third placed Haslingden, twelve points to Colne who remain undefeated at the top of the table.

2nd XI v Lowerhouse – Sunday 2nd June 2019

The undefeated Haslingden Second XI took on Lowerhouse 2nds at Bentgate on Sunday 2nd June with a view to continuing their excellent start to the season.  The weather was cloudy and wet but with a break in the rain the game got off to a prompt start with Haslingden captain Tom Richards winning the all-important toss and taking into account the weather and pitch conditions he asked Lowerhouse to bat first.  After 18 overs Lowerhouse had reached 67 for 4 wickets when rain stopped play and the covers were brought on.  Six overs were lost before the game resumed and wickets tumbled steadily with Lowerhouse reaching 109 all out in 37.2 overs.  Tom Horrocks took 4 wickets for 30 runs in his 10.2 overs, Tom Richards 3 for 33 in his 12 overs and Joseph Blomley 3 for 13 in his 8 overs. 

Haslingden made easy work of reaching their revised target of 108 without losing any wickets in 27.2 overs with Lawrence Adlum undefeated on 57 and Jeff Stanton undefeated on 13 and with the addition of 39 extras they reached 109 without loss for an early finish.  Twelve points to Haslingden who remain top of the table 18 points clear of second placed Great Harwood.