Weekend Preview & Teams 24th-26th May 08

It’s derby time.  The first of back to back derbies against Burnley takes place this weekend at Turf Moor on Sunday 25th May.  Next week we face the second of the derbies in the Cup Quarter Final also at Turf Moor.

Chris Benbow returns to the Lowerhouse squad although Jonny Russell is doubtful having picked up a slight hamstring strain in the cup victory at Colne.  House will be looking to build on last weeks success over Colne and string some results together to move up the table and progress in the cup.

There are some familiar names in the Burnley line up although they have lost all-rounder Jon Clare and former Lowerhouse batsmen Vishal Tripathi.  Clare is taking wickets and scoring runs a plenty in County Cricket for Derbyshire having recently signed a 2 year contract.  Tripathi is playing in the Central Lancashire League for Milnrow.

Burnley are skippered by former Lowerhouse allrounder Qasim Ali.  Burnley’s form men at the moment are Michael Kelly who has been in the runs and wickets and former Houser Barhat Tripathi who recently recorded career best figures of 7-35 against Colne.  

Burnley’s pro for the 2008 season is Sri Lankan batsmen Jeeva Kulatunga.  34 year old Kulatunga has scored 6571 runs at 31.6 in 151 First-class matches. His right arm medium pace bowling has accounted for 62 victims with a best of 5-67.   Kulatunga has pro’d in the Ribblesdale League between 2003 and 2006 for Barnoldswick scoring in excess of 1,000 runs on two occasions.

1st XI – Burnley (Away)  – 25th May 08 – Meet 11:45


  1. Jon Finch (Capt)
  2. Chris Bleazard
  3. Chris Benbow
  4. Charlie Cottam
  5. Will Driver
  6. Stuart Grant
  7. Joe Hawke
  8. Matt. Hope
  9. Hassan Khan
  10. Jack McGregor (Wkt)
  11. Jonny Russell
  12. Bredan Drew (Pro)

2nd XI – Burnley (Home) – 25th May 08  – Meet 11.45


  1. Paul Stansfield (Capt)
  2. Phil Haggerty
  3. First Teamer
  4. Joe Beneduce
  5. Matt Doughty
  6. Ben Heap
  7. Scott. Hope
  8. Paddy Howley (Wkt)
  9. Matt Marquis
  10. Paddy. Martin
  11. Matt Stansfield
  12. Kieron Tighe

 3rd XI – Nelson (Home) – 24th May 08  – Meet 12:00


  1. Michael Lee (Capt)
  2. Sahun Heaton
  3. Adam Hope
  4. Lewis Marsden
  5. Joe Martin
  6. Dean Mottram
  7. Tauqeer Razzaq
  8. Colin Quinn
  9. Matt Stansfield
  10. Chris Swift
  11. Matt Walker
  12. Ben Webster

Reserve – Michael Donovan

Same squad Monday versus East Lancs (Home) meet noon prompt.