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