T20 v Littleborough – Friday 21st June 2019

Haslingden’s young T20 team travelled to Hare Hill to play Littleborough on Friday night. The game started a little later than scheduled owing to the exceptionally heavy traffic in the Littleborough area, and the home team won the toss and elected to bat first. Leicestershire all-rounder Arron Lilley was the sub professional for Haslingden. Matthew Griffin and Oliver Lord opened the bowling. There was an early breakthrough for Griffin with Hernon being caught by Joe Sipocz when the score was on 19.  The Littleborough professional Travis Townsend and Chris Perren then put on 47 in quick time before Perren was bowled by Sean Hunsley for 25. The runs continued to flow with Townsend putting on another 57 with Smith-Butler before Lilley took the first of his two wickets bowling Townsend. Littleborough moved onto 139-5 in their 20 overs. 

Lilley and Griffin opened the batting for Haslingden and the score was 92 when Lilley was bowled by Kershaw for 57 off 42 balls. When Griffin was out for 25, there then followed two quick wickets before Oliver Cameron came in with the score on 111.  Cameron put on 27 with Hunsley and the 18th over was crucial with Cameron scoring 12 runs from it.  Hunsley was bowled with the third ball of the 20th over with the score on 138.  Joe Hayton was run out making sure that Cameron was on strike for the next ball.  Haslingden needed 2 runs from the last ball and with Cameron on strike he hit a leg stump half volley for 4 to silence the Littleborough crowd and giving Haslingden victory by 4 wickets. Cameron finished on 23 not out from 16 balls.

3rd XI v Middleton – Saturday 22nd June 2019

The 3rd XI travelled to Towncroft to face Middleton on Saturday, when the weather was unusually fine. Middleton won the toss and asked Haslingden to bat first. Joseph Blomley fell in the first over and Niall Clarke departed shortly afterwards for 11 with the score on 18-2. 14 year old Lucas Bargh and Tom Horrocks put on 60 for the third wicket when Horrocks was out for 31. Bargh and Alex Chapleo put on 19 for the fourth wicket before Bargh was bowled for a patient 32 with the score on 97-4.  Ethan Stanton with 12 and Chapleo with 23 were the other main contributors to the innings. When the score was on 130-9, 13 year old Jack Fuller hit the shot of the day with a pull through square leg for 3.  Haslingden finished on 135-9.

Joe Blomley and Niall Clarke reduced Middleton to 36-3 before Lucas Bargh took the first of his five wickets neatly stumped by Ethan Stanton. The next two wickets put on 56 before Horrocks made the breakthrough to dismiss Ben Lee when Middleton were on 93-7.  Middleton were bowled out for 104.  Bargh’s figures were 7 overs, 1 maiden 5 wickets for 25 runs. There were also two wickets each for Joe Blomley and Niall Clarke. 12 points to Haslingden.

1st XI v Great Harwood – Sunday 23rd June 2019

The First XI took on Great Harwood at Bentgate on a windy Sunday with rain forecast for later in the afternoon. Great Harwood won the toss and decided to bat first. Shortly before the game started, Haslingden wicketkeeper Mark Groom injured his knee and could not play. An emergency call was made to Ethan Stanton who was with the second team at Great Harwood and he set off back to Bentgate with Niall Clarke going in the opposite direction to play for the 2nd XI.  Graham Knowles took the gloves for the first few overs and Oliver Gardner (who was supposed to be scoring) sub fielded until Stanton arrived. Joe Sipocz and Oliver Lord opened the bowling for Haslingden and got off to a good start with Lord taking two wickets and Sipocz taking one to reduce Great Harwood to 19-3. The Great Harwood professional Thikshila de Silva and Zeain Ali put on 32 for the fourth wicket before Haslingden sub-professional Ernest Kemm removed de Silva well caught by Ethan Stanton. Kemm took another three quick wickets to take the score to 70-7 before Nazakat Hussain and Faheem Basharat hit out to put on a quickfire 42 and Great Harwood were 112 when Basharat was caught by Oliver Nicholls off the bowling of Matthew Griffin. Hussain followed shortly afterwards superbly caught in the deep by Oliver Lord off the bowling of Kemm.  The last wicket offered little resistance and Great Harwood were bowled out for 115.  Ernest Kemm was the pick of the Haslingden bowlers, taking 5-23 off his 14 overs.

In their reply Haslingden’s Graham Knowles hit an excellent 63 not out from 61 balls, with 10 fours and one six and he was ably supported by Ernest Kemm who finished 23 not out. Haslingden reached their target for the loss of one wicket in 16.5 overs. Twelve points to Haslingden.

2nd XI v Great Harwood – Sunday 23rd June 2019

The undefeated Haslingden Second XI took on Great Harwood 2nds at Cliffe Park on Sunday 23rd June.  Haslingden captain Tom Richards won the toss and decided to bat first.  Nathan Thornton and Lawrence Adlum opened for Haslingden and took the score to 56 before Adlum was caught for 31. Thornton was out for 17 when the score was on 71. Oliver Cameron and Jeff Stanton then put on 87 for the third wicket before Stanton was out for 30 and the score was 158. Oliver Cameron scored an excellent 82 containing ten fours, before he was given out lbw to Basharat. Joe Hayton was undefeated on 28 at the end and Haslingden finished on 243-7 in their 45 overs.  Basharat took 4 – 34 in his seven overs for Great Harwood.

Tom Horrocks and Oliver Cameron opened the bowling for Haslingden. Horrocks took an early wicket but Qayoom and Brown put on 39 for the second wicket.  Once Qayoom was out with the score on 66 there was a steady stream of wickets and Great Harwood were bowled out for 140. Horrocks took 4-47 in his 8.1 overs and there were three wickets for 38 for Joseph Blomley and Tom Richards took 2-29 in his eleven overs. Twelve points to Haslingden who remain top of the table.