T20 v Walsden – Friday 14th June 2019

T20 cricket returned to Bentgate on Friday when Walsden were the visitors.  Walsden won the toss and put Haslingden into bat.  Unfortunately, the rain came after 15 overs when Haslingden were 75-6 and it was not possible to get back onto the field after the downpour. At that time Joe Sipocz was 27 not out.  One point to each team.

1st XI v Littleborough – Sunday 16th June 2019

After a washout on Saturday which resulted in the Third XI’s game against Clitheroe being called off, the First XI took on Littleborough at Hare Hill on an overcast Sunday with rain forecast.  Haslingden won the toss and captain Joe Sipocz decided to bowl.  Sipocz and Oliver Lord opened the bowling for Haslingden and got off to a good start with Sipocz taking three wickets in his seven over spell. After 20 overs the rain came down with Littleborough on 45-3 and three overs were lost. Shortly after the players came back onto the field, the Haslingden sub-professional Sehan Weerasinghe bowled the Littleborough professional Travis Townsend for 14 to reduce them to 58-4.  Haslingden could not make any further breakthrough and after 37 overs with the score on 105-4 rain interrupted the game again and a further 8 overs were lost.  When the rain abated Littleborough were able to come back on for two final overs and finished on 115-4 in 39 overs. Joe Sipocz with 3 for 22 was the pick of the Haslingden bowlers, his first wicket taken with the worst ball of the match and his second with the best ball of the match!

Haslingden’s revised target in 39 overs under the Duckworth Lewis method was 146. Graham Knowles and Matthew Sudworth opened the batting. Wickets went down steadily under darkening skies but Knowles batted well for his 45 before he was caught at extra cover trying to get ahead of the D/L par score. When his wicket fell in the 22nd over the score was 70-5 but as a result of the fall of the wicket the par score increased from 72 to 79.  Sean Hunsley was next to go bowled for 11 in the 25th over trying to get ahead of the par score. Haslingden were 80-6 with the par score increasing from 81 to 92.  After 25.1 overs the umpires finally brought the players off as the rain became heavier and Haslingden were 82-6 the par score being 93 at that stage.  It was not possible to get back onto the field and victory was Littleborough’s. Ten points to Littleborough and four points to Haslingden.

2nd XI v Littleborough – Sunday 16th June 2019

Haslingden Second XI took on Littleborough 2nds at Bentgate on Sunday 16th June wanting to maintain their 100% record at the top of the table.  Littleborough won the toss and taking into account the weather forecast, captain Chris Dearden asked Haslingden to bat first.  Nathan Thornton and Lawrence Adlum opened for Haslingden and took the score to 56 before Thornton was bowled for 18. Adlum went on to complete his second 50 in two weeks but was then bowled for 52.  Everyone contributed with the bat, Oliver Nicholls with 38 and Oliver Cameron with 30 were the next two highest scorers. Haslingden finished on 225-7 in their 45 overs.  Chris Dearden took 4 – 32 in his seven overs for Littleborough.

Tom Horrocks and Oliver Cameron opened the bowling for Haslingden and both bowled very well.  Frustratingly for Cameron he did not take a wicket despite beating the bat on many occasions.  Horrocks took 2-6 in his seven overs and captain Tom Richards took 2-29 in his eight. After 32 overs Littleborough were 115-6 and as the rain came down the players went off the field and it was not possible to get back on leaving Littleborough’s Mohammed Maqsood stranded on 55 not out. The Duckworth Lewis par score at that time was 163 so victory was Haslingden’s.  Ten points to Haslingden who remain top of the table.  Tom Richards said afterwards that he was very pleased with the team’s batting performance on the day, particularly the fact that everyone contributed to the score. He was frustrated though to drop the first points of the season because of the bad weather.