House finish friendlies with a win!

The first eleven competed their 3rd and final friendly yesterday against Burley in Wharfdale at home.

The first game scoring on CricHQ, House batted first with a number of batters in the runs before retiring. We bowled Burley out for 156 in reply.  

Full scorecard available here.
Today the first team are away at Rishton, in the Lancashire Leagues opener with the seconds at home in the reverse fixture. 

Junior Training Update 

Lowerhouse Cricket Club junior training for the winter groups aged 6 to 11 starts Wednesday April 19th at 6.15pm to 7.45pm at the club.

Basic training gear only needed.

If rained off I will text out plus it will be on the website and tweeted. 

Any newcomers must contact Stan on 07941439741 before attending 

All Stars Cricket

All Stars Cricket – the first, fun, active form of the game for 5 to 8-year-old boys and girls.

Please see the end of the Press Release for how Lowerhouse CC will operate this .

The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) today launched the first nationwide entry-level participation programme for cricket, with the aim of getting 50,000 boys and girls excited by the game this year.

A new generation of families will be introduced to cricket through All Stars Cricket, a major new grassroots initiative which starts in May.

All Stars Cricket will be delivered through local cricket clubs and centres across England and Wales throughout the summer, giving 5-8 year olds their first experience of the game.

From today (Monday 20 March) parents can register their kids to take part via www.allstarscricket.co.uk. After signing-up, boys and girls will have a cricket ‘back-pack’ delivered to their door with a bat, ball and everything they need to try the game for the first time.

They will then start an eight-week programme at their local participating centre, with the emphasis placed firmly on learning how to play the game in a fun, safe and inclusive environment. Children will also learn the social development skills that team sport brings.

Each session of the 8-week programme – developed with input from Andrew Strauss and the England performance team – will give children the basic skills they need to develop a lifelong love of cricket.

ECB will give participating centres free All Stars kits, volunteer training and support via a central marketing campaign, celebrating ‘Big Moments’ as children take their first steps in the game. The programme reflects ECB’s strategic framework for growing the game at every level.

Lowerhouse Cricket Club will refer all new enquiries to the Allstars website/initiative. However, as the club invite juniors from our own schools programme to the club we  would not expect for those invited to commit to Allstars immediately. Training at Lowerhouse CC will commence prior to the Allstars launch and we will ask those who have not already signed to Allstars to observe a training session before deciding that this is for their child. If it is, then they will be asked to sign up to Allstars. If it isn’t for them, then we have saved everyone’s time and effort, and no harm done.

Additionally Lowerhouse CC will run Allstars throughout the Summer so it will be a course that runs from whenever the child joins, through to the end of August. Any child wishing to join mid way through will be invited to observe a training session before committing to Allstars. We may not be able to guarantee that Allstars is still running in terms of the backpack etc. but we will deliver the programme at a reduced rate subject to number of weeks left in the season. The financial detail will be explained at the time.

For those on the Allstars programme who show the necessary potential, we will invite them to join the club’s own training programme for more advanced players . This will only involve additional cost if the junior plays in a team or moves up to the more advanced training when there are plenty of weeks left. At this point we will ask the junior to become a member. At the very worst, this will involve another £20 fee, and more likely, not involve any cost.

Any queries to Stan Heaton 07941439741


Weekend Teams

Apologies for the delay in publishing this weekends teams. This has been due to circumstances beyond our control -Stan


LHCC WEEKEND TEAMS

Saturday 1XI Burley –in –Wharfedale (Home)

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

    Meet LHCC 11.45pm

    Scorer Martin, Umpire Benson

    FROM Same squad Sunday Rishton away

    Sunday 2XI –- Rishton home    

  1. Deakin – Pickard
  2. F.Teamer
  3. Bridge
  4. Greenhalgh
  5. Halstead T
  6. Laraway
  7. Meehan
  8. Page
  9. Stansfield
  10. Uttley
  11. Wright

    Reserves, Birchall, Elliott, and 3rds

    Scorer Gaynor

    Meet LHCC 11.30

Competition: Happy Easter!

We’re going to have a bit of Easter fun with an egg hunt. I’ve hidden 5 eggs (as pictured above) on certain pages on the site – find them all, send us a message on Facebook or Twitter with where the eggs are and win £10 on your membership EPOS card!

Happy Hunting!

Games to Remember – Haslingden vs Lowerhouse 1988

By Paul Hargreaves

I started watching Lowerhouse in 1969 basically because I liked watching and playing cricket and they were my local team. Looking at the Club’s generally poor performance in the ’70’s you’d think it was a depressing time to support the Club. Personally I didn’t really see it that way as so little was expected one could have a totally relaxed outlook to each game, and cherish each fairly rare victory.I have to confess that part of the enjoyment was the Schadenfreude of watching opposing fans who were distraught that they’d lost to the ‘Cinderella’ Club of the League.

By 1988 Lowerhouse were more competitive but the chances to win silverware in 1980 and 1982 had come and gone. In ’88 Lowerhouse were a solid mid-table team but they were distinct outsiders on their early June visit to Bentgate to play a Haslingden team full of talent and with star Aussie fast bowler Geoff Lawson as professional. They would indeed go on to win the 1988 League title but even Champs have to deal with a roadblock or two. It was like going back a decade with my view that there was nothing to lose and what a great feeling it would be if we could upset the odds!

The weather was set fair on the day but reports were that it would be a pitch to support the bowlers. Predictably Haslingden inserted us on winning the toss. Lawson, Barnes and Tracey were formidable even without help from the groundsman and so it proved as 7-2 became 43-5. The travelling support craved a hero and would get it in the guise of the mercurial Pankaj Tripathi. For a flamboyant player many of his best knocks were on difficult grafter’s wickets. The most famous was nearly 17 years later when he scored his only century for Lowerhouse. That day he scored 109 against Enfield and the other 21 batters only just beat him with 112. Tripathi was one of the most travelled League cricketers ever but had 3 spells with the ‘House.

This day Tripathi’s 54 was by far Lowerhouse’s top scorer with No. 9 batsman Brian Holmes’s 14 not out a remote second. It had been a difficult watch but Lowerhouse had finished on 119-9 off their 46 overs and had irked the Hassy fans by denying them the bowling bonus point. Fingers crossed I took no pleasure in that! I almost shared their suffering! Even with the recovery Haslingden were favourites at half-time not least because of a talented and deep batting line-up. Lowerhouse needed early inroads and got just that as Hassy slumped to 17-4. Bryan Knowles one of the most solid of League amateurs had gone cheaply, as had their Aussie pro’.

I had got excited at the prospect of surprise victories, only to be disappointed, too many times before. My caution seemed warranted when two very dependable batsmen, Mike Ingham and Steve Taylor took the score to 71 with an assured 50 partnership for the fifth wicket. Ingham went on to score over 17,000 Lancashire League runs, the highest by any player in the 125 years of the competition. The game turned when both players were out and the 50 more runs needed were plenty on this pitch. At first Haslingden recovered to 89-6 but skipper Holden and Lowerhouse pro’ Mansoor Elahi were in determined mood and not to be denied. Holden took 3 quick wickets to earn a decent collection (5-39) and he was a justly proud man as he led his team off. In truth he couldn’t have done it without Elahi’s brilliant 4-28 off 22 overs, 10 of which were maidens.

It had been a great, tense game and Lowerhouse fans were rightly elated. Surely I wasn’t the only one enjoying the looks of consternation on the faces of shocked Hassy fans as they trooped off. Not only a ‘game to remember’ but a night as well. The nearby Woolpack had Sunday night discos in those days and a nameless ‘House fan was celebrating so much he was ‘asked ‘ to leave licensed premises for the only time in his life. June 5th, 1988 had been quite a day!

House have 5 in the U14s LJL Inter League Squad

The trials for the U14s Lancashire Junior League Interleague Squad have now been completed and which saw a record number of nominations at this age group, 30 players. The squad selection proved difficult for the Coaching Team but the decision was taken to select a larger squad for development purposes, in order to include more players whose age will qualify them for this age group next year.

The squad is named below (alphabetical order by forename) and all those who took part in the trials have been contacted directly.

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Good Friday – All the details

GOOD FRIDAY – All the info – CRICKET & BAND – APRIL 14

Entries are now closed for the Annual Jack Heyes Memorial Trophy 2017

The Draw for the group stages is below
The event this Friday 14th April 2017 , with the bar and tea room open features cricket commencing at 10.00am with the winner’s walking away with Jack Hayes Memorial Trophy

It promises to be yet another fun packed day for all the family with entertainment, games and prizes to be won and food / drink through the day.

Just a reminder – Local Rock Band Aspire take the stage at Lowerhouse at 4.00pm entry is FREE and HAPPY 2 hours runs 4pm-6pm will all draught beers, lagers & ciders at £2.00

The Draw

There are two groups of three each team in each group will play each other and It will be run on a league basis.

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David Wren Way Officially Open

David Wren Way was officially opened earlier today by Judith, Laura, Andrew and members of the Wren Family.
David will always be remembered as a club legend and we thought this was a fitting way to do so. The entrance lane to the club is now, officially David Wren Way
Andrew said:
“Dad would have been really humbled by the thoughtful gesture by the cricket club to honour his memory in this way.  It is nice for mum, Laura and I to see how the cricket club held my dad in such high regard.  Thank you to everyone who participated in making it happen”
Thanks to club photographer Bob Sandiford for taking the pictures.

House lose out to Leyland

The first team lost their first home friendly of 2017 to Leyland earlier today.
Ocki score 47 before retiring with Ben adding 45 to get our total of 202 for 9.
Leyland completed the run chase with a few overs to spare.
There was a great crowd on the ground with members picking up their members and EPOS cards. If you didn’t make it. Frank will post it this week.
Ocki was presented with his Baggy Blue, number 37