Well, you couldn’t write a better weekend for the club. Some flashes of brilliance by individual players and some great team performances rounded off a great treat for those celebrating Fathers Day in the sun.
Friday night, House tried to get their Twenty20 campaign back to winning ways and did it in style. Ben won the toss and stuck Ramsbottom in who put a very competitive total of 157 for 6. Paddy Martin struck with 4 wickets enhancing his lead as our leading Twenty20 wicket taker of all time with 48 wickets. In reply, Ben Heap broke his “lack of a career ton” with a fantastic innings of 106*, Ben controlled the match perfectly and saw the team home after 18.3 overs. A great achievement, well celebrated on Friday! House finished 161 for 1 with Joe Halstead and Ocki batting around Ben! Full scorecard here
On Sunday, Owen Deakin Pickard led the 2nd team out in their Quarter Final tie in the Worsley Cup – a great team performance saw them succeed and secure a place in the Semi Finals with a home tie against Colne to be played on Sunday July 9th. House batted first and amassed 260 for 5 with openers Owen (55) and Brad (63) making a great start. Joe Halstead (33) and Ethan Laraway (46) helped take the runs higher and even Joe Beneduce got a bat at the end of the innings. House bowled Church out for 99 with the wickets shared. Full scorecard here
Not happy with Friday night, Ben Heap decided this weekend was the one to smash a few club records. Not content on being the first Lowerhouse player to get a Twenty20 ton (and his first Lowerhouse one at the same time), Ben opened the batting on Sunday and finished with the highest individual innings by a Lowerhouse batsmen ever. en beat Tommy Shutts record from 1905 of 173*. Ben hit 175 off 148 balls with 18 fours and 6 sixes. Spectators watched as Ben passed milestone after milestone and he helped the House to their highest total ever of 334 off 50 overs. House got to 334 which was also the highest team total ever. On a very hot Fathers Day, Great Harwood made a resiliant 254 for 6 in reply, but House simply just got too many. Full scorecard here
The second team made the weekend 4 wins out of 4 for the weekend away at Great Harwood. Great Harwood made 163 for 9 with wickets shared and in reply Owen batted the whole innings for a great 89* with House winning by 5 wickets. Full scorecard here
Not on the cricket front, but worth a mention, on Sunday an old white caravanette drove into the ground after paying on the gate a couple in their 60s, crashed into two cars on the car park whilst parking and drove back off the ground. The rear of their vehicle and the other two cars were extensively damaged. If you have any information, please could you ring Adam on 07568590822