Women’s Cricket Part 4: Betty who?

So, who has heard of Betty Snowball?  I certainly hadn’t until I started reading about Women’s cricket locally in the 1930s, when her name cropped up and made me smile.  What a lovely name for a cricketer, though perhaps an even better one for an umpire.

At the meeting when Burnley CC joined the Lancashire Women’s Cricket Federation in 1933, it was noted sadly that “Miss Snowball only came to  Burnley during her vacations, otherwise she would have been a great asset”.

In the summer of 1986, an elderly exiled Rose Grover,  Mrs. Clara Fisher nee Wheadon, was listening to Radio 2 and heard Betty Snowball, then aged 78, being interviewed.  In 1935 Betty hit a test match record score against New Zealand of 189, and that record had just been broken by India’s Sandyha Aggarwal. It remains the highest individual Test score by an English woman.  Betty told the listeners that  during her school holidays she had been coached by Learie Constantine, who was the professional at Nelson.

Mrs. Fisher was moved to write to the Burnley Express reminiscing about watching Lowerhouse stalwarts such as Helm Spencer, Billy Wade, Roger Smalley, Ted Drabble, the Tranter brothers, and Matt Walker, grandfather of (then) current player Stan Heaton, and pointed out that Betty had been born in Burnley.

So who was Betty Snowball?

Elizabeth Alexandra Snowball was born in Burnley to Dr. Thomas and Mrs. Annie Snowball in 1908.  Dr. Snowball was a very eminent Scottish eye doctor, who had his surgery at 83 Bank Parade.    To be honest that is more or less her only connection to Burnley.

She was educated in Scotland at St. Leonard’s a pioneering girls’ school, where she played cricket, encouraged by her father, who was a keen cricketer.  She then trained as a PE teacher, and taught in Winchester, playing cricket for Hampshire ladies’ teams.

In 1926, a group of keen cricketing ladies, who had been playing cricket in Colwall, Herefordshire, decided it was time to get the game organised properly, and the Women’s Cricket Association was formed.  The WCA was run by women for women, and players were predominantly educated, middle class women in the southern counties.  There followed an upsurge in interest in women’s cricket in England in the 1930s.

In the winter of 1934/5, when the first women’s test team toured Australia and New Zealand, Betty was stumper and opening bat.  England Women  cricketers had to pay their own way, so only ladies who could afford the £80 cost of travel etc. for that Australia/New Zealand tour, were eligible for selection.

Even allowing for the New Zealand opposition not being the strongest, Betty’s knock of 189 in 222 minutes in Christchurch in February 1935 is impressive, and her cricket career was long and distinguished.  She kept wicket and opened the batting for England from 1934 to 1949 and even though she was only 5 foot tall, was considered a fine stumper.  According to The Guardian (20th June 2017), Betty and her opening bat partner Myrtle McClagan were considered the female equivalent of Hobbes and Sutcliffe, the greatest male opening pair in Test history.

There is a lot of information readily available on-line on Betty’s career, and some fabulous images of her and her team mates, so go check her out!

They may have been privileged ladies, in a time when the women’s game was in its infancy, but they were very formidable sportswomen.  Betty also payed Lacrosse and Squash internationally for Scotland.

When she finished playing cricket, Betty taught cricket and maths at The Elms prep school in Colwall, the village known as the cradle of the women’s game, where, in 1926, that group of cricketing ladies decided to get the game organised properly.  It may be a stretch, but  this could be seen as culminating in that fine World Cup Victory on Sunday, 23rd July 2017 at Lords.

You might imagine Betty’s ghost looking down and smiling at that win, but in fact, there was a remarkable living connection to those pioneers of the women’s game. Eileen Ash (nee Whelan), aged nearly 106, who rang the bell at Lords before the start of the Women’s World Cup Final , played at the same time as Betty Snowball, making her own test debut in 1937.

Betty died in Colwall on 13th December 1988, aged 80.

She was, as the website Alloutcricket rightly states, a pioneer and legend of the women’s game, so let’s celebrate her and rather cheekily, claim her for Burnley.

Acknowlegements:

thanks to Ken Spencer for providing the article on Mrs. Fisher’s letter, all other information quoted is freely available online, the Alloutcricket website is interesting as is the Guardian article https://www.theguardian.com/cricket-has-no-boundaries/2017/jun/20/wicket-maidens-the-surprising-history-of-womens-cricket.

The image shown was seen  on the Australian National Library website.

Women’s Cricket in the Past Part Three: Lancashire Women’s Federation cricket in the 1930s

In 1926 the Women’s Cricket Association was formed by a group of women cricketers, in Colwall, in Herefordshire.  The WCA was run by women for women, and players were predominantly educated, middle class women in the southern counties.  There then followed an upsurge in organised women’s cricket in England in the 1930s.

When the Yorkshire Women’s Cricket Federation was formed, it was organised by the men’s clubs, and run by men.  By the early 1930s, women’s cricket had become popular in Yorkshire, and club games attracted good crowds.  The Yorkshire Federation encouraged Lancashire men’s clubs to form a similar Federation and the  Lancashire Women’s Cricket  Federation was established  comprising Crompton,  Rochdale, Todmorden, Heywood, Littleborough, Facit and Milnrow and Middleton.  Clubs were interested in womens’ cricket primarily as a means of promoting the men’s game and as a source of additional income.  Federation cricket was however played by more working class women.

Burnley CC joined the Lancashire Federation in time for the 1933 season, taking the place of Middleton who had withdrawn.  The Burnley Express reported on this event on 1st April 1933, under the headline “King Willow’s Fair Followers” .

27 ladies, who had expressed interest in playing cricket, were present at the meeting plus a lot of committee men.  Mr. Whittaker, from Littleborough, the Secretary of the Lancashire Women’s Federation told the meeting that the Littleborough Ladies’ team was started in 1931 as he could see that “there was something in women’s cricket to help along the  men’s cricket and to help maintain interest in the winter months”  (?) although some  “believed women should be doing something other than play cricket.”  He read from a letter written by a former professional at Littleborough who advised that the following were essential in organising a Ladies Cricket Team;

  1. Insistence upon proper shoes being worn
  2. That batting gloves and two pads must be worn
  3. The time allotted to bowlers was noted
  4. That each should learn to play cricket or stay away
  5. That a suitable chaperone was present at each practice.

Mr. Whittaker said, that as the ladies were new to the game and they would have to ask the men for advice, it was not necessary to form a ladies committee and the present sub- committee would continue to operate, but might co-opt one or two ladies  after the first practice.

There was no dress code but “a bowler must wear a white pullover, sleeveless if preferred, if the players are not in all white costumes.”

Miss Wilding, who had played cricket in London where there were a lot of ladies’ teams emphasised the need for serious practice as some ladies “rather took it as a joke”.

Betty Snowball, the Burnley lady who had already represented England, was mentioned as an example of what can be achieved, although unfortunately “she only came to  Burnley during her vacations, otherwise she would have been a great asset”.

Miss Davies was unanimously appointed chaperone as “no lady knew more about the game than she did through her father’s connection with the club.”

The Express published these photos of “The Fair Sex on the cricket field”. Most of the women have sensibly opted for trousers and look very modern. Apologies for the poor quality of the reprint from the newspaper.

In their 1934 centenary brochure Burnley CC reported on the Ladies’ Section.  “They have made good progress in the various departments of the game. The members of the team, most of whom had practically no knowledge of the game, improved wonderfully under the tuition of the coach” and Miss A.A. Walsh played for Lancashire against Yorkshire in 1933 and in 1934 Miss E. Sparks, “an exceptional hard hitter and quick scorer, who is also considered to be the fastest lady bowler in the League”, also played against Yorkshire. Such County games attracted large crowds and were very profitable for the host clubs.

Littleborough was the strongest team in the league at the time and in 1934 Burnley tied with them for the championship, but Littleborough won the trophy in a playoff.

Sadly the women’s game did not sustain this period of growth, not helped of course by the outbreak of WW2 but even at this time of popularity, cricket was only ever played by a small number of women.

A lot more could, and probably should, be written about working class women in cricket, not just as players but primarily as financially significant club supporters, and perhaps someone out there would like to do it!  Dissertation anyone?

Acknowledgement::

Peter J Davies of Huddersfield University has written a great deal about the history of cricket and his work is freely available on-line via the Huddersfield University Repository, http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/

In particular “Bowling maidens over: 1931 and the beginnings of women’s cricket in a Yorkshire town” was a valuable source of information for the above but errors and omissions are entirely my own.

Junior and Senior Match Reports

Longridge u17 133-6 LHCC Xercise4less u17s 111-9

Yanis Chir 3-12 Aman Singh 22
Caleb Greenhalgh 15
Ross Birchall 12
James Wearden 12

Todmorden u17 113-2 LHCC Xercise4less u17s 114-3

Yanis Chir 34
Charlie Bithell 23*
Jack Simm 19

Burnley u15 86-9 Lowerhouse u15 Sharks 78-7

James Bridge 3-1 Tom Halstead 29
Alfie Dawson 3-13 Yousaf Nadeem 15

Rishton u15 59-4 LHCC U15 Dolphins 60-3

Aden Aurangzeb 2-7 Jack Simm 28
Annabelle Uttley 14*

LHCC u15 Dolphins 71-9 Darwen u15 72-5

(more…)

Weekend Teams

Thursday – u19 Wrenegades vs Norden (Away)

Stuart (capt)

Bithell

Bridge

Birchall

Claridge – Ingham

Laraway

Meehan

Stansfield

Uttley

Wheatcroft H

Wright

Reserves. Elliott

Manager Nicholas, Scorer Chir

Meet Norden 5.30 or near as for 6.15 start

Saturday 3XI vs Ramsbottom (Home)

Bridge T (Capt)

Birchall

Claridge – Ingham

Elliott

Halstead T

Ingham

Nadeem

Wearden

Wheatcroft H

Woodall

Wright

Res. Bridge J, Chir Y, Gibbins

Manager Nicholas, Umpire Howley, scorer Chir K

Sunday 1XI vs Church (Home)

Heap

Barlow

Cottam

Halstead J

Hawke

Hugill

Hussain

Martin J

Martin P

Stuart

Erasmus

Scorer Martin.

Sunday 2XI vs Church (Away)

Deakin – Pickard

Page

Beneduce

Bithell

Elliott

Halstead T

Marsden

Meehan

Stansfield

Uttley

Wright

Reserves. Birchall, Bridge, Claridge-Ingham, Wheatcroft, Woodall

Manager Stansfield P, Scorer Gaynor

Women’s Cricket in the past Part Two: Lowerhouse Ladies 1933-1934

Lowerhouse are fortunate to have a Committee minute book from 1934 – 1940. Sadly the first 20 pages are lost, so the minutes start on p. 21 May 29th 1934 and straight away on p. 22, June 6th 1934 there is a surprise,:

“Resolved that we send a ladies team to Burnley on Friday Evening the 15th”.

A few days later on p 24, June 19th

“Resolved that we try to arrange a match for our ladies v Burnley on Wednesday June 27th.” (It doesn’t seem to have been resolved to consult the ladies at all.)

Our ladies??? There was a Ladies team?? Who knew??

The match on 15th June 1934 was duly reported in the Burnley Express.  It was a friendly.  Lowerhouse batted first and scored 21 all out.  The Express reported: “For the home side Mrs. Kerr was in deadly form…taking 5 wickets for 3 runs, while Miss A.A. Walsh, a county player, had 3 for 12.”

Burnley scored 50 for 6 at stumps.  R. Close bowled very well (for Lowerhouse) taking 4 for 19, and promptly changed sides:  “This lady has decided to join the Burnley team”.

The Lowerhouse team was : Mrs. Garnett, E. Cook, M. Isherwood, J. Davis, R. Close,               M. Green, M. Feeney, G. Green, E. Giblin, I. Whittaker, M. Dixon. Some of the surnames are echoed in the men’s teams of that time – such as Close, Cook and Green, so we can perhaps assume they were siblings.

Sadly no photograph has turned up (yet) of the team, and no more match reports.  There is no further mention in the minutes of arranging more games.

The 1933 AGM report states that a Ladies’ section had been formed, and had played several matches with “a certain amount of success”, and, perhaps more importantly “besides increasing the lady membership by about 30, they bought their own cricket material, and paid their own travelling expenses, also handing the sum of £4 9s 0d to the Club for which the Committee were grateful.  We are looking forward to the ladies having a still more successful season in 1934”, and the balance sheet duly records that sum as “Profit on Lady Cricketers’ efforts.”

Burnley Express of 27th May 1933 reported,

“On Tuesday evening the village green presented an animated scene for the lady cricketers were on view.  The Lowerhouse ladies revealed good form in a dual sense, but they will be well advised not to commence match-playing against strong teams such as Littleborough and other ladies’ clubs until they have had at least one full season’s practice.”

However, they don’t seem to have made it past the summer of 1934 and quietly fade from the Club’s records with a zero in the 1934 Balance Sheet against Ladies Cricketers’ Efforts.

Why this happened can only be guesswork, but the local cotton industry was in recession, and these were probably working women from  modest financial circumstances.  For example one of the players listed was E Giblin, who must surely have been related to a family of Giblins, who in 1911 were living at 222 Lowerhouse Lane, comprising Denis, a coal miner, Mary Jane his wife, a weaver and their 8 children.

It may have just been too much cost, and effort to carry on playing, or to try to improve and play competitively.

The Club or indeed their own menfolk, may not have been sufficiently supportive,

Or, they might just have been in it for a laugh and they lost interest.

Did a woman in your family play cricket in the 1930s?  Do you have any documents or photos or memories to share?  If you do Lowerhouse CC would love to hear from you.

 

Stans Chairmans Column

Many thanks to Eric Haworth for funding the latest edition to the club’s machinery. The scarifier will be a great help in preparing and renovating wickets.

Women’s Cricket in the Past – Part One : “The Lady Cricketers in Burnley 1890”

Anne has starred again whilst doing research for a long time on the womens cricket side of the town. How fitting that it’s now ready the week after the Womens World Cup Triumph and we will be posting articles over the next few days on the topic.

In their Centenary Brochure of 1934, Burnley Cricket Club refer to having hosted a Ladies match on 18th and 19th July 1890.  Gate receipts over the two days were a very considerable  £200 but after expenses profit was a measly  £37.  The reason for this was that these  were  two  professional Ladies’ Teams, the Original English Lady cricketers.  In 1890 two teams were raised by the English Cricket and Athletic Association from ladies of Surrey, Kent and Middlesex, to tour the country playing matches either between themselves, as was the case in Burnley, or against amateur sides.  The ladies were coached by county players, were accompanied by a matron chaperone, and were not allowed to use their own names,  possibly for reasons of family reputation.

Their first game in Liverpool saw a crowd of 15,000 attend, with the Liverpool Post observing “they came to scoff but stayed to praise”. After two years, in somewhat mysterious circumstances and amidst claims that the (male) organisers had run off with the money, the side disbanded.

The two day game in Burnley was reported in great detail in the Burnley Express.  Burnley had seen some visiting teams before, such as the Australians, when local cricketer Fred Branch disposed of “the great Murdoch first ball, causing the captain of the Antipodeans so much mortification he straightway posted off to the Metropolis where he remained until his vexation had passed away,” but never a team of “those dear little creatures whose sylph like forms mankind so admires” and a great deal more in the same vein.

The question of what the ladies would wear had apparently been a hot topic but anyone who went to Turf Moor expecting “any outrage on propriety were agreeably surprised with the really attractive appearance of the ladies on the field”.

There follows a detailed description  of the uniform comprising flannel  mid-calf length skirts, high white cricketing boots, sailor bodices, and white cricketing cap. The flannel skirts were weighted round the hem to preserve modesty.

They were judged to play “very fairly though some of their attempts at throwing are decidedly feminine. “ The captains were very indignant at the suggestion that some lady cricketers wear aprons to catch the ball with.  The ladies were judged “to look healthy and strong and their appearance does not indicate that cricketing is so injurious to the female system as the Lancet would have us believe.” The full article is very lengthy but a fine example of its kind, and if anyone would like to read it, please get in touch.

More to come tomorrow:

Weekend Roundup – Wrenegades scare Hares

Dom Stuarts Under 19s Wrenegades captured another win on Friday night beating the Littleborough Hares. House made 115 for 4 off their 20 overs with Ben Uttley retiring at 50. In reply Littleborough were 70 all out with Tom Halstead and Tom Bridge tkaing 3 wickets a piece, with every bowler taking a wicket. Full scorecard here

On Saturday the first team were beaten by Nelson at home. Ladies day was in full swing, excellently organised by Shelly whilst Nelson batted first and scored 261 for 5. A big opening partnership followed by their pro scored the bulk of the runs with Paddy taking 3 and Ocki taking 2 wickets a piece. In reply, House managed 223 for 9 with Ocki making 65 and passing 500 league runs for the season. Paddy Martin chipped in with 27 and Blez 32 but fell short after our alloted overs. Full scorecard here

In the reverse fixture, a great result for the seconds beating Nelson at Seedhill by 118 runs. We batted first and scored 229 for 7 with Jack Simm scoring 59, Ben Uttley 33 and Owen 28. In reply the seconds bowled Nelson out for 110. Ethan took 3 wickets, Jordan, Charlie and Tom took 2 and Duce got 1. Full scorecard here

The Lancashire Knock Out Quarter Final versus Clitheroe was abandoned at half time. We were bowled out for 174 but the rain fell. The match will be replayed in August, either the 6th or the 12th. Full date to be confirmed.

Weekend Teams

Friday u19 Wrenegades vs Littleborough (Home)

  1. Stuart (capt)
  2. Bithell
  3. Bridge
  4. Birchall
  5. Claridge – Ingham
  6. Greenhalgh
  7. Halstead T
  8. Laraway
  9. Simm J
  10. Uttley
  11. Wheatcroft H

Reserves Woodall

Manager Nicholas, scorer Gaynor

Meet LHCC 5.30 or near as for 6.15 start

Saturday 1XI vs Nelson (Home)

  1. Heap
  2. Barlow
  3. Bleazard
  4. Cottam
  5. Halstead J
  6. Hawke
  7. Hussain
  8. Martin J
  9. Martin P
  10. Stuart
  11. Erasmus

Same team Sunday Clitheroe away Scorer Martin.

Saturday 2XI vs Nelson (Away)

  1. Deakin – Pickard
  2. Page
  3. Beneduce
  4. Bithell
  5. Greenhalgh
  6. Halstead T
  7. Hugill
  8. Laraway
  9. Simm J
  10. Uttley
  11. Wheatcroft

Reserve. Birchall, Bridge, Claridge-Ingham, Woodall, Manager Stansfield P, Scorer Gaynor

Sunday 3XI vs Ramsbottom (Home)

  1. Bridge T ( Capt)
  2. Birchall
  3. Claridge – Ingham
  4. Greenhalgh
  5. Halstead
  6. Ingham
  7. Nadeem
  8. Simm J
  9. Wearden
  10. Wheatcroft H
  11. Woodall

Res. Harrison, Chir Y Manager Nicholas, Umpire Howley, scorer Chir K

 

Weekend Teams

Saturday 3XI v Rishton (Away)

  1. Martin J
  2. Bridge T
  3. Bithell
  4. Claridge – Ingham
  5. Greenhalgh
  6. Harrison
  7. Ingham
  8. Nadeem
  9. Simm J
  10. Wheatcroft H
  11. WoodallBridge J, Chir K, Chir Y, Singh

    Manager Nicholas , Umpire Howley , scorer Chir

Sunday 1XI v Darwen (Away)

  1. Heap
  2. Barlow
  3. Bleazard
  4. Cottam
  5. Halstead J
  6. Hawke
  7. Hussain
  8. Martin J
  9. Martin P
  10. Stuart
  11. ErasmusScorer Martin
Sunday 2XI v Darwen (Home)

  1. Deakin – Pickard
  2. Page
  3. Beneduce
  4. Bithell
  5. Bridge
  6. Greenhalgh
  7. Halstead T
  8. Hugill
  9. Simm J
  10. Uttley
  11. WheatcroftClaridge-Ingham, Woodall,

    Manager Stansfield P, Scorer Chir

Monday u19 Wrenegades v Edgeworth (Away)

  1. Stuart (capt)
  2. Bithell
  3. Bridge
  4. Claridge – Ingham
  5. Greenhalgh
  6. Halstead T
  7. Laraway
  8. Simm J
  9. Uttley
  10. Wheatcroft H
  11. Woodall

Same team Tuesday Littleborough away plus Birchall for Simm and Gaynor scoring

Reserves Birchall, Ingham,

Manager Nicholas, scorer Greenhalgh

Meet venues 5.30 or near as for 6.15 starts

The Old Clubhouse

In the secod of two photos given to us by Jack Foster, below is the old clubhouse. Behind it are the factory chimneys, which is now where Sycamore Farm is located. This was taken in the 1950s.

The Terraces..

Some people will (or won’t) know that there used to be 3 terraced houses in the know known Stella corner. Thanks to Jack Foster who supplied this photo of them, the first we’ve seen! Anyone know the year? 

RALLY LOWERHOUSE RALLY! Tonights Twenty20 Quarter Final

Big Night for the club and we want you all to be there if you can to support the boys

Twenty20 Quarter Final, away at Bacup Cricket Club in a 6.15pm Start – Entry is £3 & £1

Bacup CC have asked us to request supporters not to bring their own cans to Friday’s game.

There is no outright ban on cans however, cans will be available priced at £1.50 and we would join them in hoping fans would support local cricket in general by availing themselves of Bacup’s bar or additional can bar facility rather than bringing their own.

House line Up as follows:

  1. Heap
  2. Barlow
  3. Cottam
  4. Halstead J.
  5. Hawke
  6. Hugill
  7. Hussain
  8. Martin J
  9. Martin P
  10. Stuart
  11. Erasmus

Stans Chairmans Column

LOWERHOUSE CC NEWS SPONSORED BY H.RIGG PROPERTIES

 

NATWEST CRICKET FORCE (Continued)

Many thanks to Dave and Alistair Smalley who have painted all the perimeter walls and sightscreen.

The club has now got the defibrillator in place at the end of David Wren way and a press announcement will follow. Many thanks to all those who have contributed financially, Matt Stansfield and Paddy Martin who have co-ordinated it and to Craig Marsden for the electrical installation.

Apologies if I have missed anyone and if anyone has a spare hour or two there are still painting jobs to be done.

 

Sponsorship

The club are pleased to announce several sponsorship deals.

The under 13s panthers have been sponsored and will now be known as the LHCC u13 A1 Motorstore Panthers. Many thanks to Motorstore’s Peter Rostron for his generosity and to Eric Haworth and Keith Fairclough who arranged the deal.

The under 11 bears will be known as LHCC U11 Molly Rigby Bears following sponsorship by landlord Brian Gamble at the popular Padiham hostelry. Many thanks to Brian and to Chris Bithell for arranging this

 

Congratulations

Our newest team, LHCC Fagan and Whalley U9 Wasps played their first ever game. This is our 3rd under 9s teams and all were match debutants. Quite incredibly, not a single player was dismissed. Scorecard below.   

 

Euxton u13 241-7                                        LHCC u13 Lions 276-6

Harry Young 2-4                                         Keagan de Vries 25

Dec Metcalfe 2-8                                        Rory Cormack 21*

Henri Cottam 2-14                                      Henri Cottam 21*

                                                                    Harry young 11*

 

LHCC U13 Lions 275 – 4                        Salesbury u13 288-2      

Jack Spence 27*

Keagan de Vries 16*

Dec Metcalfe 15*

Aden Aurangzeb 14*

 

LHCC u11 Tigers 241- 6                      Rishton u13 243-4

Rory Cormack 21*                             Oliver Spendlove 2-15

Sam Hancock 14*                            

Nathan Porter 14*

Oliver Spendlove 14*

Phoebe Johnstone 13*

Oliver Williams 11*

 

Great Harwood u13 294 – 3              LHCC U13 Cougars 223-5

Nathan Porter 11*

Grace Johnson 11*

 

LCB U11 Cup Round 2

LHCC u11 Bears 254- 5        Burnley u11 222-9

Tom Yorke – Robinson 17*      Harvey Elliott 3-5

Grace Johnson 13

Elliott Johnstone 12*

Joseph Edgar 11*

 

LHCC u11 Bears 230- 2        Bacup u11 (1) 249-4

Jack Whitham 12*

Harrison Durkin 11*

Grace Johnson 10*

 

Rawtenstall u11 236-4                          LHCC u11 Cubs 228-3  

                                                               Archie Howorth 9*  

 

LHCC u11 Cubs 245 – 1                         Haslingden 257-2   

George Everitt-McVay 13*

Myles Carr- Oddie 13*

 

LHCC Fagan and Whalley u9 Hornets 241 – 8             Church u9 251-7

Marcus Niell 16                                                              Isa Nadeem 2-5

                                                                                        Archie Howorth 2-12

 

Haslingden u9 196-7        LHCC Fagan and Whalley u9 Hornets 303 – 2

Aveen Dalugoda 2-4                       Isa Nadeem 21

                                                        Marcus Niell 14*

                                                        Joe Masson 12*

                                                        Aveen Dalugoda 10*

 

LHCC Fagan and Whalley u9 Bees 221 – 6         East Lancs u9 239-4

Henry Bithell 9*                                                        Jessie Martin 2-3

 

LHCC Fagan and Whalley u9 Bees 230 – 3       Clitheroe 9(b) u9 206-10

Melissa Shanley 5*                                                 Ethan Hawden 3-6

Taylor Beaumont 5*                                                Dawud Nadeem 3-6

 

LHCC Fagan and Whalley u9 Wasps 273-0     Haslingden u9 (3) 207-6

William Black 10*   

 

LHCC Fagan and Whalley u9 Bees 247- 2 –

Eddie Starkie 12  

LHCC Fagan and Whalley u9 Hornets 224 – 5 

 

Weekend Teams

Friday 1XI vs Bacup (Away)

1. Heap

2. Barlow

3. Cottam

4. Halstead J

5. Hawke

6. Hugill

7. Hussain

8. Martin J

9. Martin P

10. Stuart

11. Erasmus

Same team Saturday Accrington home with Bleazard for Hugill

Scorer Martin

Saturday 2XI vs Accrington (Away)

1. Deakin – Pickard

2. Page

3. Bithell

4. Elliott

5. Greenhalgh

6. Hugill

7. Laraway

8. Marsden

9. Stansfield

10. Uttley

11. Wright

From same team Sunday Colne home plus Beneduce and Stuart.

Manager Stansfield P, Scorer Gaynor

Sunday 3XI vs Rawtenstall (Away)

From

1. Martin J

2. S. Teamer

3. S. Teamer

4. Birchall

5. Bridge T

6. Halstead T

7. Ingham

8. Nadeem

9. Simm J

10. Wheatcroft H

11. Woodall

Res. Bridge J, Chir K, Chir Y, Harrison

Manager / Umpire Nicholas D, scorer Chir K,

Monday U19 Wrenegades vs Edgeworth (Home)

1. Stuart (capt)

2. Birchall

3. Bithell

4. Bridge

5. Elliott

6. Greenhalgh

7. Halstead J

8. Laraway

9. Simm J

10. Stansfield

11. Uttley

Reserves Halstead T, Ingham, Wheatcroft

Manager Nicholas, Umpire Howley, scorer Gaynor

Meet LHCC 5.30 or near as for 6.15 starts

Massive weekend ahead!

Cracker of a weekend in store for House fans:

Friday

T20 Quarter – Final away @ Bacup 6.15pm Start – Entry £3 & £1
 

Bacup CC have asked us to request supporters not to bring their own cans to Friday’s game.

There is no outright ban on cans however, cans will be available priced at £1.50 and we would join them in hoping fans would support local cricket in general by availing themselves of Bacup’s bar or additional can bar facility rather than bringing their own.

Your support would be greatly appreciated

Saturday

Just 4 games to go in Phase 1 every win is now vital and House entertain Accrington CC
 

1.00pm start bar & Tea Room from 12.30pm
 

Your support gratefully received #UTH

Sunday

It’s a bid day for your 2nd X1 who entertain Colne 2nds

in the Lancashire Evening Telegraph Cup Semi-Final 1.00pm start
 

Full Bar & Tea Room inc can bar Free Entry all support welcome

Twenty20 Quarter Final Info vs Bacup 

Moorhouse’s Lancashire League – Twenty20 Quarter Final

Bacup CC v Lowerhouse CC this Friday, 7th July 2017 at Bacup Cricket Club 6.15pm kick off.

Bacup CC have asked us to request away supporters not to bring their own cans to Friday’s game.

There is no outright ban on cans however, cans will be available priced at £1.50 and we would join them in hoping fans would support local cricket in general by availing themselves of Bacup’s bar or additional can bar facility rather than bringing their own.

Your support would be greatly appreciated by ourselves and Bacup CC

Frank Entwistle – Secretary 

We’re through, in two! Weekend Roundup

The First Eleven made it a weekend to remember, progressing through both the Twenty20 group stages and Lancashire Cricket aboard Knock Out to win places in the respective quarter finals.
On Friday, House played Accrington away in a crunch match that was a must win to get through. We batted first with Joe Hawke hitting 31 and Joe Halstead 27 as we made 110-8 off our allotted 20. Accrington at one point were in the driving seat but collapsed from 73-2 to 102-8. Tight bowling from Ocki 3-16 and Toxy 2-23 ensured the win was brought home. Full scorecard here. 

Saturday was our day to sit out of league proceedings due to an odd number of teams in the league (each team in the league gets a day like this).

Sunday saw Lancashire Leagues 2018 newcomers Rochdale visit The Brooks Foundation Ground. A lot of their fans and players arrived by coach with the weather settling nicely and a massive crowd to see who would progress to the next round. It was a day for bowlers in the end with Rochdale winning the toss and choosing to bat. Some brilliant right bowling from the openers Jordan Page (who was presented with his baggy blue before the game) and Joey Hawke saw Rochdale restricted to 19 for 4 at one point. Joey finished with 5 wickets with Ben cleaning up the tail with 4. It really is worth checking out the scorecard as all the bowlers bowled tightly. In reply House got off to a stormer with 17 runs coming from the first 7 balls in reply to Rochdales 119 all out. Rochdales opening bowler then let rip, taking out most of the top order leaving House at 40 for 6. Adam Hugill joined Ocki at the crease and a solid partnership of 70 and a 50 from Ocki saw us home (Adam was out just before doing so). All in all a great game, a great set of fans over from Rochdale and we look forward to welcoming them in the league next year. Maybe we’ll do one better and take two coaches if we play them away… Full scorecard here


The third team faced Accrington away on Sunday and were bowled out for 94, Jack Simm put up the resistance scoring 33. In reply Accrington were 95 for 4. Full scorecard here

The quarter final of the Twenty20 is this Friday night away at Bacup and the Quarter for the LCB knock out is away at Clitheroe on 23rd of July

Quarter Final Twenty20 draw

Lowerhouse won by 9 runs tonight. Full details to follow.. 

The draw for the quarter finals has been made:

Bacup v Lowerhouse

Clitheroe v Burnley

Darwen v Nelson

Rishton v Todmorden

Matches are scheduled for next Friday July 7th.

Weekend Teams

Friday 1XI Accrington (Away)

1. Heap

2. Deakin-Pickard

3. Halstead J

4. Hawke

5. Hugill

6. Hussain

7. Martin J

8. Martin P

9. Marsden

10. Meehan

11. Erasmus

Same team Sunday Rochdale home with Barlow, Bleazard and Page for Deakin – Pickard, Meehan and Marsden

Scorer Gaynor

2XI – no game this weekend

Sunday 3XI v Accrington (Away)

1. Simm D

2. Birchall

3. Bridge T

4. Claridge – Ingham

5. Halstead T

6. Ingham

7. Nadeem

8. Simm J

9. Wearden

10. Wheatcroft H

11. Woodall

Bridge J, Chir K, Chir Y, Harrison

Manager / Umpire Nicholas D, scorer Chir K,

Ben’s knock featured in The Cricket Paper

Ben’s knock has been featured in The Cricket Paper – a newspaper solely dedicated to cricket which is available at WH Smiths as well as online.

It reads:

Just like buses, one century for long service Lowerhouse batsman Ben Heap quickly brought another – and according to the 29 year old it was about time too. Heap first turned out for Lowerhouse as a junior at the age of 11, and 15 seasons of senior cricket in the Lancashire League had still not yielded a ton for the opener. That was until last week, when after a stunning 106 no out steered his side to a t20 triumph over Ramsbottom on Friday evening, Heap was in full flow on Sunday to hit 175 off 148 balls, including 18 fours and six maximums, despite surviving a scare on a duck.

That beat Tommy Shutt’s 112 year old club record of 173, and also helped the House to their highest total ever of 334 off 50 overs. “I’ve been threatening it early on in the season, I’ve had 3 fifties, and have been well set with plenty of overs to go,” said Heap, who did make 150 in 2015 as a club professional during a season-long move to Padiam. “It’s been coming now for a number of years in the Lancashire League, and it all fell into place last weekend. It has been almost a burden for a long time; I am a decent batsman in the league but I haven’t had the huge scores that one or two others have. “ “So it was a huge weight off my back on the Friday, and then on the Sunday I was much more relaxed and didn’t really think about it too much in the 90s.” “It means a lot to be part of the clubs history now. I made a lot of older committee members and spectators very happy – even though I wasn’t aware it was a record at the time.”

“As I walked off a few people made me aware, and when you think about how much has happened since it was set in 1905, I’m very proud!” The first ton got House off the mark in the t20 competition whilst they currently sit sixth in the Lancashire League, and Heap hopes his heroics have get the side back on track. He added “We really needed a weekend like this as a team. We’ve had a few players come and go, a new captain and a new professional. So everything has just taken a while to click, and it has been one step forward, two steps back until now. We really needed that win in the t20s, and to win in that fashion chasing eight an over in the pitch black, I can really sense the confidence in the lads. We’ve had a couple of quieter seasons in the Lancashire League, so we’re just looking to stay in the mix and make sure were in the top half when the league splits”

Lancashire Knockout vs Rochdale information

House entertain Pennine Lancs League Rochdale CC on Sunday 2nd of July in the last 16 of the Lancashire Knock Out Cup with an away tie at either Clitheroe or Longridge await in the Quarter Final for the winners.

Match Day Information

Gates open 12.00 Noon – Entry is All pay £3.00 adults £1.00 Concessions

We’re expecting a large crowd so please get there early if you want to park on the Lowerhouse Lane, side of the ground which will simply be a first come first served basis from noon, and parking is limited and therefore at a premium again arrive early to avoid being disappointed.

Once the ground car parking is full we ask that you park with consideration to neighbours and in accordance with road traffic regulations. Additional free parking for up to 200 car’s has been secured courtesy of Business First on Liverpool Road just few minutes’ walk to the ground see link

As is Lowerhouse CC’s normal match day policy:

No restrictions will be in place as to what alcohol you can bring into the ground however we ask that you bear in mind as always that we provide additional can bar facilities at competitive prices and of course please drink responsibly.

We hope this information will help us to provide an enjoyable day for all supporters, your help and support will be much appreciated.

Another great weekend – Weekend Roundup

Another great weekend down at the club with 4 games being played and Lowerhouse coming out the winner in all 4.

Friday night saw the 4th Twenty20 game of the campaign with Lowerhouse coming out victorious against East Lancs. House won by 18 runs with man of the match Charlie hitting an unbeaten 55 from 25 balls. We made 149-2 and the match was reduced to 15 overs due to poor light and rain possilby being on the cards. Cottam hit four fours and three sixes, adding an unbroken 73 for the 3rd wicket with Ocki (28 not out).  Ben (43) and Joe Halstead (17) put on 46 for the 1st wicket. At one point, East Lancs looked to be in the driving seat with professional Andries Gous batting well, he top scored with 67 from 34 balls, including ten fours and two sixes, Shahrukh Khan made 22 and Mo Bhada 17 with Joe Hawke taking 3-21 and Erasmus 2-17, including the vital wicket of Gous in East Lancs 131 for 5. Full scorecard here.

The third team played on Saturday, beating Bacup at home. Bacup batted first and were bowled out for 122. Danny Simm took 4 wickets, Alex took 3, Tom 2 and Ben 1 in a great all round bowling performance. House knocked them off 3 down with 10 overs to go with Danny and Ben Woodall making 30s a piece, both not out. Full scorecard here.

A great display at Haslingden saw the first team come out victorious on Sunday. After a rocky start, they made 174 for 7 in a 42 over game batting first. Joe Halstead top scored with 41, which included hitting Jordan Shannon for 4 sixes in a row. Charlie got 36 and Ocki 31. Haslingden got off to a steadier start, being 48 for 2 at one point. House turned the screw with the ball with some tight bowling from Joey, Toxy and Paddy. Paddy joined the illusive Hall of Fame by reaching his 200th wicket getting Knowles. Ocki cleaned up the tail with 4 wickets, getting the last wicket on the last ball, restricting Haslingden to 145. Full scorecard here.

The second team beat Haslingden at home, they made 147 for 7 in a 41 over game, Jordan, Robson and Ethan took 2 wickets a piece. Ben Uttley top scored with 53 in reply, helped by Joe Beneduce who got 23 and Owen who scored 29. House knocked them off after 38 overs. Full scorecard here

 

Tonight’s Twenty20 update

We’re quietly confident that the weather will pick up suffice for the game to get played tonight, wicket has been covered and is fit ready to play –  however as always we are governed by the weather gods

We will keep you updated throughout the day and early evening

Whatever the weather Blackjacks will play

Games to remember – vs Haslingden 1905

By Paul Hargreaves

Partly inspired by our visit to Bentgate this Sunday but mostly by Ben Heap’s great and historical innings last week, we shall take a look at the match where Tommy Shutt set the original batting record. Before any of you cynics out there speculate whether I actually was an eye witness to this game or whether Blez played in it; the answer is of course NO. The oldest Lancashire League fan I know is Ted Marshall who in his 102nd year is still getting on to support his beloved Accrington C.C. Haslingden versus Lowerhouse played on June 16th, 1905 took place over 10 years before even Ted was born in Altham.                      Lowerhouse batted first on the day but were in some trouble at 30-3. Joseph Cook went for 10 and the same bowler, F Tattersall, bowled the ‘House pro’ Ernest Vost for a duck. Cook was Lowerhouse’s most prolific pre-War batter. Vost was in the last of his 3 consecutive seasons as our professional. He was a steady, competent all-rounder. He didn’t play at First Class level but after leaving Lowerhouse had 5 seasons with Staffordshire in the Minor Counties. At 30-3 it was a case of cometh the hour cometh the man as Lowerhouse’s best all rounder Tommy Shutt came to the crease. He was very much the local hero having been born in the village and had reached Second Eleven status with Lancashire.        Tommy was a better bowler than a batter but could occasionally, to put it crudely, ‘go off on one’ with his attacking batting. In his only season at Burnley the previous year he’d made 2 centuries including one where he made 164. So what happened next was by no means a complete surprise. Tommy made 173 not out from the 256 runs that were scored whilst he was in the middle. There were no 6’s awarded for balls clearing the boundary in this era so what the modern equivalent would have been for Shutt’s final score we’ll never know. We can strongly suspect Ben Heap would have needed much nearer 200 to break the record!  The best partnership was an unbroken one for the sixth wicket of 109. This was dominated by Shutt and his partner Harry Hemingway just made 22 of those runs. Hemingway was a Yorkshireman from the East Keswick district of Leeds. He had left Lowerhouse in 1892 but had returned for a 3-year spell starting in this 1905 season. When his cricketing days were over he made a name for himself in crown green bowls. The pinnacle of his career in that sport was in 1917 when he contested the final of the sport’s chief tournament namely the Waterloo Handicap in Blackpool. Haslingden had tried everything to try to stop the Shutt bandwagon and 8 bowlers were used but to little avail as the onslaught went on.          A demoralised Haslingden were soon 2-2 in reply with both catches going into Hemingway’s safe hands. Hassy’s highest scorer on the day was their star amateur George Parker with 25. On any list of the Lancashire League’s best ever amateur batsmen, which would include our own Chris Bleazard, Parker’s name is sure to figure. In a bowler friendly era he set a then  record  of nearly 13000 League runs. Most of his career was at Haslingden but he also had significant success at Accrington.      The rest of the Bentgate outfit offered little resistance. Vost earned his fee with 5-39, the irrepressible Shutt had 3-19 and Hemingway chipped in with 2-25. Haslingden were gone for 93 and the ‘House’s margin of victory was a daunting 193 runs. We can only speculate if they allowed themselves a few celebratory drinks in the Woolpack before the journey back to the village. I’d like to think they did as they’d earned it. Maybe Shutt’s collection went over the bar! It had been a game to remember for all those concerned with a proud Lowerhouse Cricket Club but with the scoring system as it was they’d just picked up a mere 2 points!  Let’s hope they can get more than that total this Sunday as 112 years and a handful of days later they visit the same Bentgate ground again.