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.