Twenty20 and Training Kit now available in the shop!

The training gear and Twenty20 kit is now available in the shop.

Parents of Junior Players are advised to wait until the kit launch evening on the 23rd February, when there will be kit to buy on the night and chance to look and order any specific sizes.

Click here to see the shop or use the link above.

Calling all Lowerhousers: Stan needs you!

We are looking to get a lorry load (or 2) of river gravel delivered next week for the driveway and car park.

Stan asks if anyone could help in the daytime, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday to spread it.

Please contact Stan if you can on 07941439741

Ocki’s 30th birthday bash!

The Lowerhouse Pro is turning 30! He’s having a party at the club on 20th of January from 7pm. He’d like to extend the invitation to all members and family, to come down and have a drink to celebrate!

1933 – Lowerhouse Ladies in picture.

Another great addition to the archive was received yesterday via Twitter from Phil Young (@BarneyVanBasten). This is the Lowerhouse ladies team in 1933, the year in which is was formed. We know they played a few games in 1934 and disbanded that year. Phil’s auntie is in the picture, does anyone else recognise anyone? Get in touch!

In relation to this, Anne did some great write ups on this subject, which have been posted in the History Books and linked here


Anne has found newspaper items reporting on a friendly between Burnley and Lowerhouse on 25th July 1933 and the return on 29th July, Lowerhouse only played friendlies, not being in the league.  she couldn’t find anything to exactly match the date on the photo of 17th July. The photo does not seem to have made the papers so she can’t pinpoint who is who, however, it is quite likely that the players on the Tuesday 25th July are  on the photo:
Mrs. Garnett, E. Cook, I. Webster, M. Isherwood, L. Pritchard, J. Drabble, I. Whittaker, I. Broughton, B. Young, C. Salthouse, J. Davies.
(Presumably B. Young is the Aunt of Phil.)
The team for the return game the following Saturday  was slightly different with J. Green, A. Drabble, J. Baxter and M. Walker (Stan’s mum) coming in.
Perhaps someone could put some of these names to faces?
Stan has had his say!
“From my memory:

Far right in civilian clothing and half hidden is Grace Drabble. Grace was sister to Jessie Drabble who is last cricketer on the left on the back row.
The Drabbles were synonymous with the club with William Drabble playing at the turn of 1900 and Edward Drabble around the first world war. Joe Drabble and Leonard Drabble played after the second world war so I assume that was 2 generations.
Jessie Drabble married Charlie Lupton who also played. Grace married Billy Wade who also played.
Grace and Billy’s son is Peter Wade who of course is well known as a former player and coach .
The 3rd Drabble sister was Annie who married Steve Coady and their son Edward also played for the club in the 1950s.
All 3 married sisters lived opposite the ground at 165, 171 and 173 Lowerhouse Lane until around the 1970s.
Leonard Drabble lived in the Coal Clough area and followed the team still well into the 1980s.”

Games to remember: 23rd July 2011 vs Nelson

By Paul Hargreaves

Lowerhouse shocked the Lancashire League community and probably themselves in 2011. The introduction to the senior team of the Club’s best ever crop of youngsters, the signing of a good and very keen young pro’, and some experienced old hands, of which we might count Hasan Khan of Manchester University, created a perfect storm. Lowerhouse went on to win the League by a clear 30 points from a strong Accrington side. This game was one of the stand out games of a special season for everybody connected to the Lowerhouse cause.

It was a warm, sunny day and there was as usual a good travelling support and even a decent number of fair weather Nelson fans. The wicket was rather dead and slow, not ideal for either batsmen or bowlers, suitable for patient grafting rather than flamboyance. It wasn’t a surprise that Nelson batted first when the toss went their way. They made a sure start led by Stuart Lemon. He and his brother Sean were South African born and valuable players for Nelson at this time, just as the Aussie Aspin brothers were at Church C.C. Both Lemon brothers would register centuries in their time at Nelson. Lowerhouse made the breakthrough at 48 when pro’ Francois Haasbroek got Neil Thompson for 16 caught by ex-skipper Joe Beneduce. He then followed up with the important scalp of his counterpart, Diwan, without any addition to the score. Diwan was caught behind by Joe Martin who had fitted in well after taking over the gloves from the excellent Jack McGregor. Lemon and David Crotty steadied things for the home side but importantly both were run out. The team had really bought into the importance of fielding instilled by the new pro’ and it would pay similar dividends throughout the season. The Lowerhouse bowling attack were keeping things tight but finding it hard to make any inroads towards bonus point territory. Dibb, Sean Lemon and skipper Lord all made decent contributions. Lord fell to Finch off the inning’s last ball. It was the only wicket all day taken by a ‘House amateur. Haasbroek (3-50) had been the best bowler and Nelson had finished on 175-6.

Given the slow nature of the wicket it was at least a par score and Nelson struck early after tea when Ben Heap went for 5. Joe Martin and Hasan Khan took the score to 43 before the former was caught behind for a good 24. It’s rather sad and bemusing to see the demise of Joe’s importance with the bat given his contributions in this era. Hopefully a renaissance isn’t out of the question. Hasan was joined by his professional and they put on the partnership of the game. It reached just 1 short of a century.  Hasan was one of the classiest amateurs to ever grace the Club. He made 10 fifties from just 48 games averaging over 36. He did that without playing in a batter friendly summer! This day he made a painstaking 68 and he and Francois(42) took the score to 142-2. Barring a collapse of the epic proportions I too often witnessed  in my youth Lowerhouse looked home and dry. That said both batters hadn’t got the run rate comfortably above the ask and even though they were  ‘in’ they were having to work hard. It was a credit to Nelson this day that they didn’t give up and fielded brilliantly.

Lowerhouse lost 5 wickets between 142 and 157 including Jon Finch run out for 1. He rarely played at his usual high standard on return visits to Seedhill. The game seemed to be getting away from Lowerhouse but Paddy Martin’s 11 was like gold dust.  The equation ultimately was to make 4 from Meade’s last over. Paddy was then out and young Jonny Whitehead came in at the unusual No. 10 spot. He turned a ball to square leg that 2 yards either side of Crotty were the winning runs but the catch was pouched.

The ‘House looked doomed as with 1 ball to go Jonny Russell needed 2 to force a tie and 3 to be the superhero. The odds weren’t good. Jonny played in more League games for Lowerhouse( 206) than he scored runs (171). Meade bowled and Jonny mis-timed the shot and it ran towards Lord at mid-wicket. If you looked at the situation in a detached manner rather than in the heat of the moment, Lord could just stand back, concede the single, put his cap on the ball and Nelson win by 1 wicket. The alternative was to rush in and perform a run out and get a 12 point victory. Lord, a very tall, slightly ungainly fielder chose plan B. In the excitement he missed the ball altogether and by the time he retrieved it Russell and Fergus Bailey had crossed for the second run and an epic tied game was the result. Bowlers love to be heroes with the bat and Jonny celebrated accordingly. It’s fair to say that Lowerhouse were happier with the tie than the home side and the contrast in body language of the inconsolable  Lord and gleeful Russell was stark.  Lowerhouse won 20 League games in 2011 but few were as important and memorable as this tied game in late July.

Without question a ‘game to remember’.

2018 Subs – Pay Online Now!

New rates have been agreed by the Directors for 2018 this will be the first increase implemented since 2011 – for the majority of adults there is a credit that can be claimed against your EPOS membership card as long as your subs are paid by 31/3/2018 at the rate highlighted below as follows:

The EPOS credit below will be applied on or before 15th April 2018 and therefore be available to use at the club’s first home game versus Rochdale – Players Junior Under 18 & 15 have a £5 discount available rather than physical EPOS credit:

  • 150 Club Couple – 2018 Rate £120.00 – EPOS credit of £20.00 will be applied in April
  • 150 Club Single  2018 Rate £80.00 – EPOS credit of £10.00 will be applied in April
  • Patron  2018 Rate £60.00 – EPOS credit of £10.00 will be applied in April
  • Vice President – 2018 Rate £ 55.00 EPOS credit of £10.00 will be applied in April
  • Members – 2018 Rate £50.00 EPOS credit of £10.00 will be applied in April
  • Senior Citizen – 2018 Rate £25.00 EPOS credit of £5.00 will be applied in April
  • Non Player JU18 – 2018 Rate £10.00 – no discount or credit applicable
  • Player – 2018 Rate £100 – EPOS credit of £10.00 will be applied in April
  • Player Junior 15 and under – 2018 Rate £60 discount £5 available if paid by 31/3/17
  • Player Junior Under 18 – 2018 Rate £70 discount £5 available if paid by 31/3/17

How to pay –

The easiest way, is to pay below via PayPal or Credit or Debit card. You can add multiple memberships to your cart and checkout at once.  For tech support using this, text, call or WhatsApp Adam Hope on 07841781907


2018 Subs
EPOS card number – NA IF NEW

Other ways to pay:

By hand or Post to Frank Entwistle – Secretary 21 Parsonage Drive, Brierfield, Nelson, BB9 5DX – please enclose a note in a envelope with details of  payments made

  1. By hand or Post to Frank Entwistle c/o 47 Pritchards Street, Burnley, BB11 4JT – please enclose a note in a envelope with details of  payments made.
  2. By hand to Stan at any senior or Junior Net – please enclose a note  in a envelope with details of  payments made
  3. By hand or post to Stan Heaton 36 Lockyer Avenue, Burnley BB12 6DF – please enslose in a envelope and write on details of payments made.
  4. At the clubs Junior Presentation Night inc Kit launch Night Friday 23rd February 2018 in the club house, please enslose in a envelope and write on details of payments made.
  5. At the Clubs AGM Wednesday 21st March 2018

Your support is greatly appreciated Many thanks in anticipation Frank Entwistle – Secretary #UTH

Winter Coaching, Nets and Presentation Night Details!

Under 7s to under 11s

January 12th to February 9th – 5pm to 8pm (open coaching)

February 16th to March 23rd – 5pm to 6.30pm (Nets)

No coaching 23/2  as its Presentation Night .

Under 11s to under 15s

February 16th to March 23rd 6.30pm to 8pm (Nets)

No coaching 23/2  as its Presentation Night .


March 2nd to March 30th 8pm to 9pm

Invitations have been texted out. Anyone not receiving the text or any newcomers please contact Stan on 07941439741

Presentation Night is Friday February 23rd 7pm for 7.30pm start

Pre-season boxing starts!

Pre-season Fitness started last night at 5 Ways Boxing Gym. Same time again next week 8pm. All over 18 players invited, contact Ben Heap if you are interested.

Couple of new signings if you look closely..

Curtis re-joins Padiham

After a season at the club – Curtis Meehan has rejoined Padiham.

Curtis started in 1 Lancashire League, 2 Worsley Cup and 2 Twenty20 games for the First Eleven last season.

Sign up to the Heritage Project – Let’s get to number 1!

Please follow the link below and sign the pledge of support for the Lancashire League Experience: celebrating 125 Years of the Lancashire Cricket League, a unique opportunity to tell the unique story of the ordinary men and women who have nurtured and ensured the survival of the League Clubs for this extraordinary length of time, and to create a lasting legacy for future generations.

We are currently mid table in terms of sign ups with Colne leading the way with 80.

Parents please add juniors too. Please also sign up  any supporters in your family or friends who do not use social media and won’t see this appeal.

You are only pledging support, for example that you will look at the exhibition.  However, if you or your family have memories to share, whether they be of previous generations or new memories watching your boys and girls enjoy cricket, we hope you will get involved.

Expats over there can sign up too, and share their experiences and memories.

Particularly, if you have appreciated Nigel Stockley’s hard work with the Lancashire League website over the years, please sign up to support him in this project. We want the most sign ups in the league. We have the capability to do this!


November & Bumper December Lowerhouse Draw

November 100 Club Draw:

£100 110 Cameron Smith

£60 20 Cathy Bullock

£50 115 Sue Walker

£30 45 Rachel Beneduce

£25 130 Chris Moorhouse

£20 55 Matt Stansfield

£15 78 Henry Bithell

December Bumper Christmas 100 Club Draw:

£130 35 Joe Beneduce

£100 10 Paul Shufflebottom

£80 65 Maggie Hope

£60 52 Edward Basnett

£50 128 Donnie Doran

£35 51 Scott Harrison

£25 119 Neil McSweeney

£20 86 Maureen Scaife

Annual Christmas Drink

The annual ‘Christmas Drink’ takes place at the club on the 29th December, from 12 noon. All the usual fun and frolics, everyone is welcome.

Stans Chairmans Column


The club has received a donation from Ray Bradley to cover the costs of the posters for the LCB final. Thanks very much Raymond for your continued support.

Following on from the heavy treatment from a muddy bonfire night, supporter Paul Grace has given the clubroom carpet a professional clean via his company Burnley Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning 07976208694. We are grateful to Paul and are more than happy to recommend his services.


Thanks to all those who gave up their night to unpack and assemble the new furniture. Highlight of the evening was when Jim Heaton was shown the sample for the new carpet and when asked what he thought of it replied “It doesn’t look big enough”.

Former junior and second eleven cricketer John “Willie“ Wilkinson was at Joe Waterworth’s funeral and kindly donated a copy of the 1914 Club Bazaar programme for the Heritage Collection. The programme contained as history of the club which has been reproduced on this website previously by Anne Cochrane.

Hoping that this may be a portent for next season, we reproduce the scorecard from a friendly against Rochdale. You can see the PDF here

A jaw-dropping revelation from the funeral was the discovery that Clifford Atherton was a former organist at Habergham Church. Clifford apparently had to curtail his career when the vicar objected to him playing in the somewhat flamboyant style of Johan Strauss.

Brewery Trip

The club have been afforded the benefit of a trip to JW Lees Brewery next Tuesday December 19th. It is proposed to travel to the brewery around 6.15 to arrive for 7pm. Although there will be a charge for the coach; the food and drink will be laid on by the brewery. Places are strictly limited and we would ask that only club member/supporters who use the club bar apply for a place as this is a sampling trip.

Requests to attend should be texted to Stan Heaton on 07941439741 ASAP please.

Bonfire Foodbank Collection Total!

We are delighted that last night we were able to hand over a cheque for £365 to Spacious Place Engage following the food bank collection at the club bonfire!

SPE said: Huge thanks to all the Lowerhouse Cricket Club bonfire attendees for this generous donation. The money will be used straight away and over the Christmas period, as we help and support families in the local area. A great start to our sponsorship season. #community

Hannahs’ 21st Party

One for your diary.

Message from Hannahs’ parents, Hils & Keith.

Hannah Till is having a belated 21st party at the club on Saturday 6th January. 7.30pm until late. Live band & potato pie supper with all the trimmings. We’d love for you to join Hannah and give her a good send off before she heads back to the States.

New Twenty20 kit!

We are pleased to be able to unveil or new Twenty20 kit. This year, the kit is yellow with a traditional red badge. (It used to be red!)

The kit is Nike as opposed to our Adidas kit of last year. Sponsors SPE Furnishings on the front and Opening Up Cricket on the sleeve. It also has The Harry Brooks Foundation on the back.

The kit is available to fans and juniors, get in contact on social media if you are interested.

Joe Halstead loved so much modelling the kit last year, we’ve got Lowerhouses’ Next Top Model to once again flex his muscles and show it in person.

Joe Waterworth – Funeral Details

Joe Waterworth’s funeral will be held at Saint Johns Church, Padiham on Thursday at noon. It will be a Requiem Mass followed by burial with a reception in the church hall.

The family would be pleased to see club members.

Opening Up Session at Rammy

We support Opening Up the charity that Promotes Mental Wellbeing & Suicide Prevention Through Cricket.

Ramsbottom Cricket Club are hosting a session which will be focused on mental health from a coaches perspective, specifically how to promote positive mental health within teams and how to work with players experiencing mental health problems/mental illness. It is suitable for coaches of all age groups and will provide some really good learning to help the club.

What it entails:

A practical and interactive session focused on two aspects of mental health awareness in the session

  1. Dealing with mental illness
  2. Promotion of positive mental health in cricket

To do this, the following topics are explored

  • Defining mental health
  • The importance to cricket
  • How to challenge the stigma of mental illness
  • How to spot the signs of declining mental health
  • How to have appropriate conversations
  • Where to signpost players to for specialist help
  • The coaches role in promoting wellbeing
  • How to promote mental health positively
  • Developing a plan for coaches to embed wellbeing into their work

The session lasts approximately 90 minutes and is delivered free of charge to groups thanks to National Lottery Funding. This workshop is cricket specific and suitable for all coaches, captains or leaders in clubs.

Anyone interested, more information here

Liberty wins Player of the Year

Liberty Heap has scooped the under 13s player of the year at the LCB 2017 Awards evening tonight!

Below is Liberty with her awards and Lancashire opener Haseeb Hameed.

1978 – Joe Waterworth – In Picture

Further to Stan’s tribute to Joe and his generation, we know from our records that there were Waterworths involved in the club pre-World War 1 and for many years afterwards, so presumably Joe was from the same family.</>

Anne Cochrane thought it might be nice to add a photo of Joe, and the attached is a good one, from Burnley Express, Lowerhouse awards night, February 1978

Left-Right: J. Waterworth (Secretary), A. Holden, N. Hodgson, S. Gee, M. Whitehead, J. Hayes (vice-chairman), M. Jones, R. Bromley.

Win a PS4 with SPE Furnishings



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Entries close at noon on Friday 8th December 2018. The winner will be drawn at random. Prize collection is from our Burnley store. Postage can be arranged if required.

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