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.

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.

The HCC 1853 Monthly Draw

We are delighted to announce that as from 1st March 2020, we are launching the HCC 1853 Monthly Draw.

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.

For more information and to join the draw, click here. The more people who participate, the greater the prizes.

The Draw will take place on the last Saturday of each month and regular updates will be provided via e-mail, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

2020 Membership & Loyalty Cards

We thank you all for your ongoing support and membership of HCC and would take this opportunity to remind all our members that HCC subscriptions for 2020 are due on 1st January and prompt payment would be much appreciated. Membership prices for 2020 have remained the same as 2019. The expiry date of your loyalty card will be set to 31st March 2021 upon receipt of cleared funds.

Payments can be made by cash, or card at the Bar, by BACS (please email us for bank details) or online by clicking on this link Pay Membership.

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.