Match Reports 20/21 July 2019

3rd XI v Clitheroe 4th XI – Saturday 20th July 2019

The Haslingden Third XI travelled to Chatburn Road to play the Clitheroe 4th XI on a very wet and unpleasant Saturday morning.  There was a three-hour delay while the pitch drained after the rain had stopped and it was agreed that the match would be a 20 over game.  Clitheroe won the toss and decided to field first. Niall Clarke and Leon Brennan opened the batting but both were dismissed cheaply to reduce Haslingden to 5 for 2. Haslingden accumulated runs steadily after that in their 20 overs and reached 89 for 9 at the end.  Joe Hayton top scored with 19, Tom Horrocks scored 16 and Lucas Bargh contributed with 10 not out at the end.  Oliver Gardner hit a big six onto the main road.

Niall Clarke and Lucas Bargh opened the bowling for Haslingden. Wickets fell quickly and Clitheroe were all out for 45 in 16.3 overs.  Clarke took a career best 4 for 11 in his five overs, Bargh took 2 for 25 in eight overs, Carter Travers took 2 for 5 in three overs and Max Hadjigeorgiou contributed to the win with his first senior wicket.  Haslingden won by 44 runs, 12 points to Haslingden and 1 point to Clitheroe.

1st XI v East Lancs – Sunday 21st July 2019

The Haslingden First XI took on East Lancs at Alexandra Meadows in the 250th Lancashire League game between the two teams. With Haslingden professional Ryan Burl back from Zimbabwe duty, East Lancs won the toss and elected to bat first. Oliver Lord and Joe Sipocz opened the bowling and Sipocz took the first two wickets to fall to reduce East Lancs to 21 for 2. One run later Lawrence Adlum ran out the East Lancs professional Angelo Jayasinghe with a superb piece of fielding. When the spinners Ryan Burl and Garry Sudworth came on to bowl, wickets fell steadily with Sudworth taking an excellent 5 for 20 in his thirteen overs. Phill Aspinall scored his maiden League half century for East Lancs and he was the last man out stumped by Ethan Stanton off the bowling of Sean Hunsley.  East Lancs were bowled out for 108 in 36.4 overs. 

Graham Knowles and Lawrence Adlum opened for Haslingden and moved the score onto 36 before Adlum was bowled by Joe Bolton for 16.  The game progressed quickly and Graham Knowles was unbeaten on 39 from 58 balls and Ryan Burl was 37 not out from 46 balls at the end. There was an early finish in the 23rd over and Haslingden won the game by nine wickets, 12 points to Haslingden who move within one point of second placed Middleton. Captain Joe Sipocz said after the game that he was very pleased with the win and that his team were dominant all aspects of the game. It was a comprehensive victory.

2nd XI v East Lancs – Sunday 21st July 2019

The Haslingden Second XI took on East Lancs 2nds at Bentgate on Sunday where the home team captain Tom Richards won the toss and decided to bowl first. Tom Horrocks made two early breakthroughs in the East Lancs innings and reduced the away team to 9 for 2. Only two of the East Lancs batsmen reached double figures, Sohail Mohammed top scored with 19 and captain David Pearson scored 16. Once Pearson was the fifth man out bowled by Joe Hayton with the score on 55, wickets fell steadily and East Lancs were bowled out for 77 in 31.5 overs. Joe Hayton was the pick of the Haslingden bowlers taking an excellent 5 for 10 in 6.5 overs. Tom Horrocks took 2 for 17 in seven overs and Ian Cameron took 2 for 18 in his nine overs. 

Haslingden made hard work of their reply but Leon Brennan with 23 not out saw Haslingden home in 23.5 overs to win by 5 wickets. Matthew Sudworth with 10 and Jeff Stanton with a steady 14 were the other batsmen to reach double figures. Twelve points to Haslingden who remain top of the table and one point to East Lancs.