Stans’ Weekly News and Junior/Senior Match Reports


Lancashire League Career Bowling (1959-1964)
Balls Mdns Runs Wkts BB Ave 5wI 10wM SRate Econ
Lowerhouse 4504 50 2848 150 7-34 18.98 12 0 30.02 3.79

We had a very welcome visitor in recent weeks when Ken Smith cycled on to the ground . This was Ken’s first return in over 50 years to a ground that he graced particularly as a spin bowler. I was delighted to be able to chat with Ken, who I had never met but had heard of thanks to a great tale told by Ian Wrigley, my first 2XI captain. Its too long a tale to recount here but I will happily tell it to those who wish to hear it in person . The tale involves the great West Indian quickie Wesley Hall felling the late Jack Salkeld with Ken the next and final batsman .

Obviously Ken noted the many changes to the ground and was pleased to hear that team mates Jack Foster , Malcolm Blackhurst and Brian Higgin were still involved with the club. Ken retired from the game still at a young age due to work reasons , and judging from his bowling figures, he must have been sorely missed.

Great to see you Ken, and we hope to see you again.

Many thanks to Nigel Stockley for the reproduction of Ken’s figures from the Lancashire League website.



Wedding reception couple, Malcolm and wife for returning £20 of their deposit to sponsor a match balls in appreciation of having such a good time at the club.

Similarly Graham Martin for his £150 donation which we will use to purchase an additional cover sheet for 2017
Vinnie Whittaker has repaired the water hogs so that we now have 3 available for action.
Vinnie and John Dawson for their work in repairing the roller and to Carl at Burnley Tool hire for his assistance with a temporary roller.
Bob Spencer, Brian Shaw, Peter Taylor, Vinnie Whittaker, Dave Waddington and Steve Krupinski for their continued work on the ground.


To Grace Johnson who in her first full season in cricket has added to her plaudits by not only getting into the County Girls u11s , but now captaining the team in the recent match v Kent.

Two important matches this weekend for our and the town’s under 11s.
Phil Metcalfe’s under 11s bears are in the County finals on Sunday, our semi-final being at 12.30 at Highfield CC, with hopefully the final to follow mid-afternoon.

On Monday, Charlie Cottam’s district 11s play their final v Salford at Rainford CC. This match starts at 11am. Both these achievements are remarkable and in particular the District one, where we are picking from ourselves and Burnley CC in stark contrast to some districts who have 10 plus clubs to pick from. Good luck to both teams.


Burnley 2XI 142- 7 (rain reduced to 88 off 20 overs)                                                 LHCC 2XI – 90 –1                                      

Tom Bridge 3-35

Charlie Bithell 2-9
James Wheatcroft 45*
Owen Deakin –Pickard 24
Josh Lavin 15
Great credit to the Burnley team who were on the receiving end of the rain rules, but clearly wanted to play, and played in great spirit. Thanks to Burnley’s Phil Broadhurst for his assistance with the mopping up.                                                           


 LHCC 3XI – 85-all out                    East Lancs 3XI -85- all out (match tied)

Caleb Greenhalgh 30                          Charlie Bithell 3-14
James Wheatcroft 23                           Ethan Laraway 2-2
Robson Elliott 2-17

LHCC U17 109-7                                Todmorden u17 110-2

Brad Wright 34*
Dom Stuart 23
Joseph Halstead 18
Caleb Greenhalgh 13

LHCC U13 Panthers 93 – 6                Burnley u13 Full 94-6
Aman Singh 32                                      Liberty Heap 3-6
Milan Greenwood 13
Liberty Heap 10
LHCC u13 Panthers 60-4                    Longridge u13 full (1) 60-0
Aman Singh 30

Henri Cottam 13*
 LHCC u13 Lions 248-6                              Euxton u13 (1) 251-2                                          
Libby Heap 20
Aman Singh 19
James Bridge 14
Jack Spence 13*
Burnley u11 215-6                           LHCC u11 Bears 309-3
Keir Greenwood 2-1                     Keagan de Vries 22*
Keir Greenwood 18*
Dec Metcalfe 17
Henri Cottam 17*
Rory Cormack 13
Oliver Spendlove 11*
Oliver Williams 10*

LHCC u11 Cubs 235 – 5                 Haslingden u11 233-3  

Sam Hancock 14
Nathan Porter 13*
Joseph Edgar 10*

LHCC u9 224 -3                          Bacup u9 212- 10   

Joseph Edgar 3-7
Archie Howorth 2-8
Marcus Niell 2-9

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