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

MCC to HCC bike ride – Day 1

Day 1 is now finished. 80 miles from Lord’s to Northampton via Wembley, St Albans and Milton Keynes have been completed. Here are some photo’s from the day, some very exhausted people on the last one at the hotel!

Keep going all, only a few more miles to go…

Our fundraising site can be accessed here:

Day 1 route
at Lord’s ready to go
At Wembley
Safely at the hotel in Northampton

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:

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.

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.