1969: Mick Swift at the crease

This has been sent in by Anne and the Civic Trust archive. You can read it in full here

The type of field placing which the Burnley batsmen may have to face tomorrow afternoon when they will be opposed by East Lancashire’s South African Test Match professional Pat Trimborn. This view was taken at Lowerhouse last week and shows Mick Swift in action against the pro with an arc of waiting fieldsmen behind the wicket.


From a much longer article by Don Smith: The Burnley CC captain Roland Harrison requires 14 runs tomorrow to reach the 500 mark and for the second week in succession, the Turf Moor team are away while Lowerhouse are at home, both matches having an important bearing on the Lancashire League championship. League leaders Nelson are at the West End; Burnley travel to Blackburn to oppose East Lancashire, one of the Turf Moor club’s challengers at the top of the league table. Nelson could be excused for thinking that they had the easier task. The West Enders have not won a game since June 14th, when they went to Bacup and had a two run victory with Des Sparks taking five wickets for 32. They demonstrated last Saturday that they could fight back. A few more runs on their own score and a little better luck in the field and they could have beaten East Lancashire.