JW Lees President’s Cup

After the completion of the Surridge Sports Valley Challenge in July, the Lancashire League have arranged games for the Lancashire League clubs for each Sunday in August 2020 in the JW Lees President’s Cup. The clubs have been drawn in four groups and we have been drawn in Group 3 with Nelson, Colne, Clitheroe, Bacup and Rawtenstall.

We start on Sunday 2nd August away at Nelson. We then have three home games against Clitheroe, Colne and Bacup and finish on Sunday 30th August away against Rawtenstall. The 2nd XI play the reverse fixtures on the same dates.

The winners of each group will progress to the semi finals which will take place on Sunday 6th September with the final on Sunday 13th September.

This season’s 3rd XI competition is in three groups and will take place on Saturdays in August and September. We are in group A with Nelson, Walsden, Todmorden, Bacup, Norden and Rochdale. Our first game is on Saturday 8th August away at Nelson. We then have three home games against Walsden, Todmorden and Bacup and finish with two away games the final one being against Rochdale on Saturday 12th September.

All games start at 1pm and are 40 overs. See our fixtures page for more details.

Cricket returns in July 2020

The Surridge Sport Valley Challenge

We are delighted to announce that cricket will return to Bentgate on Sunday 12th July.

As soon as the Government gave the green light for recreational cricket to recommence, the Rossendale Valley clubs moved quickly to set up a new competition to commence on Sunday 12th July at 1pm.  These will be 40 over games, with the 2nd XI’s playing the reverse fixtures at the same time.  See our fixtures page for more details.

3rd XI games have also been scheduled for the Valley clubs to start on Saturday 11th July, Stacksteads are playing these games in place of Ramsbottom.  See our fixtures page for more details.

We look forward to seeing you.

Re-opening of HCC from Saturday 4th July

Everyone connected with Haslingden CC is extremely excited about the grand re-opening of the bar on Saturday 4th July.

Our aim is to provide a safe environment for our customers and our staff with full compliance to the latest rules and recommendations provided by the Government.

If you have any symptoms or feel unwell, please stay at home.

Opening hours: Mon – Thurs from 7pm (closing time no earlier than 9:30pm), Friday from 3pm – 11pm, Saturday 12 – 11pm, Sunday 12 – 10pm.

Children are always welcome at Haslingden CC however all must be supervised by a responsible adult and you must ensure they practice social distancing rules at all times.

We have had to reconfigure the club seating and lower the capacity to allow for social distancing. A maximum of 43 people are allowed in the main bar at any one time. Tables will be allocated on a first come -first served basis. Please wait to be seated by a member of staff as tables will need to be cleaned before every use. (maximum of two households per table indoors)

We also have 12 outdoor tables (and an outdoor TV) for you to use (tables outside can accommodate up to 6 persons from different households). In inclement weather, seating in the function room is available.

Please do not move any tables and chairs as these have been positioned to ensure social distancing guidelines are met. If you need additional seating please speak to a member of staff.

Hand sanitiser stations are in place around the building and we encourage visitors to use these frequently.

Customers will be required to provide identification (indoors only) for Track and Trace purposes, and will be advised of how and where to order from the bar and where to collect their order. All glasses will be cleaned thoroughly before every use.

All alcohol consumed (inside or outside) ​MUST​ be bought from the club. Contactless payments are preferred however cash payments will be accepted.

Toilets will operate on a 1 in 1 out basis in both Ladies and Gents except where small children can be accompanied by an adult.

Please bear in mind that we are all getting used to the new procedures and during busy periods you may have to queue or wait for your drinks order, please be patient and our staff will ensure you are served as soon as possible. Please also see our FAQs and our Risk Assessment document for more information.

We have formed a partnership with The Hut for a collection and eat-in food service at HCC and ‘The Hut by the Wickets’ will be up and running on the 4th July 2020 for our reopening. The Hut will then be open from Friday to Sunday each week.
Please visit their website at  www.thehutrossendale.co.uk or see them on Facebook and download their App.

We hope that the ECB & The Government will provide us with promising news about the return of cricket sooner rather than later.

See you Saturday!

The HCC Committee

Coronavirus Update

5th June 2020

We thought it would be a good time to update you regarding the club and cricket in general. We hope that all of our members and supporters are safe and well and making what they can of these difficult times. With the drop in infection numbers, it does seem that we are now past the worst of the initial Coronavirus outbreak and there does appear to be some light at the end of the tunnel.  

From a financial point of view, the enforced closure of the club’s facilities has resulted in a drastically reduced revenue. A full diary of function bookings have had to be cancelled and currently our only regular income is from the HCC Monthly Draw.  At £5 per number per month we thank everyone who has joined so far, but we are always on the lookout for new members and if you feel able to join in, please let us know (more information on the HCC Monthly Draw is here).

We would also like to thank all of those members and players who have been able to pay their membership fees to support the club at this difficult time. The good news is that we are confident that we are covered in respect of all of our financial commitments in the short to medium term. We have been able to take advantage of the Government Business Rates grant and we have also secured funding from the Sport England Community Emergency Fund and from the Warburtons Community Fund. This enables us to continue to pay all of the bills that we cannot avoid such as utilities and insurances. 

We should now be well into the cricket season and with the excellent weather of late April and May, we would barely have missed a ball so far which is hugely frustrating.  We are entirely in the hands of the government and the ECB for any prospect for cricket being played and with the Lancashire League’s initial plan for a July start being no longer workable, we wait to see when or if we will be allowed to take to the field. However in a more positive development, we have worked hard to implement procedures which adhere to the recently announced strict ECB guidelines to allow players young and old to practice in the nets.  We will endeavour to keep all members updated regarding any further developments with regard to training or indeed play.

On a day to day basis, the club continues to function. Ian Cameron is cutting the grass and keeping the whole ground in fantastic condition so that we are ready for any play we may have this season.

We thank you for your support through these difficult and unprecedented times.  If anyone feels that they need support, the organisation Opening Up promotes positive mental health to clubs, players and coaches and they are offering a number of online resources to support people at this time.

In the meantime, stay safe and look after yourselves and we hope to be back open again soon.

16th May 2020

The committee is looking at the most recently published ECB guidelines (https://www.ecb.co.uk/news/1668576/ecb-guidelines-for-the-use-of-outdoor-cricket-facilities-in-lockdown) regarding the safe use of our net facilities and will communicate with everyone shortly. Until proper plans are put in place and are communicated, the practice facilities at the club remain closed.

12th May 2020

We have received several enquiries about the possibility of resuming cricket practice in light of the updated guidance from the Government issued last night.

The guidance mentions exercise and sport but raises several detailed questions which need to be addressed. Until such time that the ECB issues updated guidance (which they have said that they hope to do later this week see this link: https://www.ecb.co.uk/news/1667951/ecb-update-on-the-recreational-game-12-may) the club and its facilities, including the outdoor nets, remain closed and should not be used until further notice.

Thank you for your continued support and we hope that there will be some positive news very soon.

An Update from HCC

Dear Members and Players

We are sure that you are aware of recent events surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic and at this time of uncertainty, we thought it appropriate to update you on how this is impacting on our cricket club and how our members could help to ease the strain over the months ahead.

The ECB has taken the decision to suspend all junior and senior recreational cricket for the foreseeable future. There has been a meeting of the Lancashire League Cricket Executive where it was decided that there will be no Cup competitions apart from a T20 competition and once sanctions are lifted, teams will play each other once with no promotion or relegation. Clubs will not be penalised if they do not engage a professional.  It is envisaged that cricket will not commence until the beginning of July at the earliest but obviously that will be kept under review.

As you will be aware the club closed its doors on Friday 20th March in line with Government guidelines and all events and functions have had to be cancelled. This will have a significant financial impact on our club.  Our Management Committee have taken steps to reduce our outgoings during this period of closure and we hope that there will be some financial support by way of grants from the Government. We are currently waiting for confirmation with regards to eligibility and accessing this funding. 

Memberships – In the meantime, we are asking our members to continue to support the club by renewing their membership as soon as possible, where they are able to do so. We do know that some people have already renewed their membership and we are very grateful for that support. For those members who are players, we are asking you to pay a non-player membership at this time. Payments can be made by following this link.

Monthly Draw – In addition, we would ask if you could support the club by joining the Monthly Draw if you have not done so already.  Entry is £5 per month per number and Prize money will be paid as follows: 1st prize 25% of the monthly pot, 2nd prize 15% of the monthly pot and 3rd prize 10% of the monthly pot.  The first draw is tomorrow Saturday 28th March which will be publicised as best we can during the afternoon.  To enter follow this link.

We thank you for your support through these difficult and unprecedented times.  Stay safe and look after yourselves.

Yours faithfully

The Haslingden Cricket Club Committee

Corona Virus

‪With the growing concern around coronavirus (COVID-19) we would like to assure everyone that Haslingden CC are taking extra precautions to keep the clubhouse clean.

The health and well-being of our members and visitors is a priority and we encourage all to follow the precautions set by Public Health England to reduce the chances of passing and receiving the virus.

HCC Girls Cricket

We are happy to announce the launch of our first ever HCC Girls Cricket Team.

Further updates will be issued as the 2020 season approaches.

Girls aged between 6 and 10 years old are very welcome to join us.

For more information please email us on info@haslingdencricketclub.co.uk

Professional for 2020

We are delighted to announce that our professional for 2020 is Senuran Muthusamy. Senuran is an allrounder from Durban who bats left-handed and bowls left arm orthodox spin. He represents the Dolphins franchise and KwaZulu Natal in South Africa’s domestic cricket.

Senuran has excellent statistics at First Class and List A level where he has so far scored almost 5000 runs and taken over 200 wickets. He has also played 2 test matches for South Africa in the recent series in India (2019) where his first test wicket was that of Virat Kholi.  The all-rounder has impressed at every level of cricket in South Africa and took the Player of the Year award for the Dolphins franchise in 2017/18.

Senuran is the 5th South African  to play for Haslingden following in the footsteps of Peter Swart (1974 to 1977), Stephen Jones (1980), Rob Bentley (1982) and more recently Burton de Wett in 2015.

Everyone at HCC looks forward to welcoming Senuran in April and we wish him well for the 2020 campaign.

Jordan Shannon Interview

How are you feeling about becoming first team Captain of the club?

I’m very much looking forward to the challenge ahead, when I was offered the role it was a no brainer to take the opportunity. I’m quite aware or at least I think I am aware of the difficulties ahead and complications that come with the captaincy but I’ve got a good group of people around me plus a VC that having wintered in Australia will be raring to get back in the mix over here. But ultimately it will be an honour to represent Haslingden CC as captain and regardless of the outcomes, I appreciate the opportunity. 

What are your expectations of your first eleven this upcoming season?

The lads are fully aware of what our expectations are and that’s the main thing. We have to stick together as a team and find ways to win close games and ways of pulling ourselves out of tough situations during the closer games, a combination of the above will play a big part over the duration of the season.

Which teams are you fancying to mount the biggest challenge for promotion?

Church are a good side, arguably the best team in the division given a proven league professional in Ashar Zaidi & some very good amateurs. Whoever finishes above them will have had a good season. I think Littleborough have a good chance, experience at the top of the order and a good hard working group of youngsters. Also both Rishton & Enfield have good solid sides with proven professionals, basically it’s going to be tough to get out the division!

It would be nice to have a cup run this season wouldn’t it?

Yes, I’ve been fortunate enough to play in a Worsley Cup Final albeit on the losing side but they are top days and the reason you play. We will be looking to mount cup runs in both the t20 & WC this year, cliché being we’ll just take each game as it comes.

You’ve got a very youthful side, how will that benefit the club in the long run?

Youthful as in age but not in experience, the younger lads have all played a lot of cricket, they’ve been in games where plenty of different game-changing scenarios have happened and they’ve got to learn from these situations. They’ve been around the first team environment for a long time now and it’s down to them to stick the hands up, take some responsibility and make a statement. I’m behind them and will back them through it all, the platform is there!

We start the season with a tough away trip to Littleborough, how confident do you feel you and the lads can secure a big 12 points early on in the campaign?

Yes, we’ll be looking to get off to a flying start and get some momentum early in the campaign, as I’ve said Littleborough are a good side and will be a good marker to see how we’ve wintered.

Reflecting on last season, what improvements do you think you can make this year?

Application, I’m a firm believer that our side have the ability to beat all the teams in the league. It’s about applying ourselves better and as above learning from mistakes. Joe Sipocz did a great job last year but things just didn’t go to plan here & there, so I wouldn’t say there are a massive number of improvements required, as mentioned above the lads are aware of the expectations.

Any grounds you’re looking forward to visiting this year?

Seedhill, Nelson CC.