Match Reports – weekend 8th/9th June 2019

1st XI v Milnrow – Sunday 9th June 2019

After a washout on Saturday which resulted in the Third XI’s game at Lowerhouse being called off, the First XI took on Milnrow at Bentgate on an overcast Sunday with rain forecast for late afternoon.  Milnrow won the toss and decided to bat.  In an eventful start to the game Joe Sipocz and Oliver Lord opened the bowling for Haslingden and got off to a good start with Sipocz taking two wickets in his four over spell, Lord bowled an excellent five over opening spell with no luck. In the 25th over the Milnrow professional Asif Zakir who had been dropped on 6, middled the ball straight back at Haslingden’s sub-professional Neels Bergh who was bowling his first over, and Bergh’s finger was dislocated resulting in a trip to hospital to put it back into place. Lord came back onto bowl to finish his over.  Shortly afterwards Lord deservedly started taking wickets initially having the professional caught behind by Mark Groom for 32.  There was then little resistance from the rest of the Milnrow batsmen as Lord ripped through the middle order and ran out opener George Park who had battled well for his 28.  Sean Hunsley came back on towards the end to have Adnan Shafique the only other Milnrow player to reach double figures, well caught by Matthew Griffin for 20. Milnrow were all out for 144 in the 48th over. Oliver Lord who took his best figures to date in the Lancashire League with 5 wickets for 21 runs, Joe Sipocz with 2 for 22 runs and Sean Hunsley with 2 for 27 runs were the pick of the bowlers. 

Haslingden’s struggles with the bat this season continued at the start of their innings and they were reduced to 21 for 4 when Joe Sipocz, batting up the order in the absence of Neels Bergh, was out for 3. After a speedy trip back from hospital Bergh returned to the ground shortly before Sipocz was out and with his finger heavily strapped up he went in at number 8 to join Garry Sudworth when Haslingden were 49-6.  After 30 overs the players were taken off the field because of rain, at that stage the Duckworth Lewis par score was 100 and Haslingden were 112-6.  The rain delay resulted in a loss of 11 overs and there was a revised target of 130 when Haslingden resumed their innings. Haslingden reached the new target with four overs to spare scoring 133 for 6 with Garry Sudworth scoring the final four runs to bring up his 50. Sudworth finished on 52 not out and Bergh was 25 not out. Twelve points to Haslingden who move up to second place in the table.

2nd XI v Milnrow – Sunday 9th June 2019

The undefeated Haslingden Second XI took on Milnrow 2nds at Ladyhouse on Sunday 9th June with a view to maintaining their position at the top of the table.  Haslingden captain Tom Richards won the toss and taking into account the weather forecast he asked Milnrow to bat first.  After the opening spells by Tom Horrocks and Oliver Cameron at 14 overs Milnrow had reached 51 for 5 wickets with Oliver Cameron being unfortunate to have only taken three of those wickets.  Joseph Blomley bowled well and took two wickets in his opening three overs but Milnrow’s top scorer Emerson Witworth took a liking to his bowling in his fourth over. Niall Clarke bowled Witworth for 26 in his fourth over to take his first Second XI wicket. Milnrow were bowled out for 111 in 33.5 overs. Oliver Cameron took 4 for 27 runs in 8.5 overs, and he was ably supported by Tom Horrocks who took 2 for 28 runs in his 9 overs and Joseph Blomley with 2 for 24 runs in his 4 overs. 

Nathan Thornton and Jeff Stanton opened the batting for Haslingden and took the score to 19 before Thornton was run out in the 10th over. There was a rain delay after 13.2 overs when three overs were lost and Haslingden were set a revised target of 103. Stanton anchored the majority of the innings before he was bowled for 29 with the score on 89 in the 33rd over. Tom Horrocks batted sensibly and was 28 not out at the end to see Haslingden home after 37 overs.  Twelve points to Haslingden who remain top of the table 24 points clear of Church in second place.