Bob Fee

It is with great sadness the club announce the passing of life member Bob Fee earlier on today.

Our thoughts are with his brother Les, his partner Linda and all Bob’s family and friends.

Funeral details will be posted in due course.

NORDEN CRICKET CLUB JUNIOR HEAD COACH

JOB DESCRIPTION :

Norden Cricket Club, a member of the Lancashire League, is offering an exciting opportunity for a (minimum) Level 2 coach to head up its thriving Junior section. Reporting to the Chair of the Cricket Committee, the coach will be responsible for:

  • Planning and co-ordinating junior training sessions including winter nets (Mondays – U13 and U15 / Fridays – U9 and U11 from January – March) and summer training sessions (Friday evenings from April – August.)
  • Supervise volunteer coaches at all age groups providing guidance and lesson plans where appropriate 
  • Attend a selection of Junior matches to witness and support the progress of Junior players in match situations.
  • Support the transition of Juniors into Senior cricket by liaising with the 3rd Team captain and Chairman of selectors to recommend Juniors for Senior teams.

The role is for 100-125 hours – competitive salary.
Please send a covering letter and CV to steve@nordencricketclub.co.uk to apply

League and Couple Double for Ladies

Norden ladies 8aside softball team won the East Lancashire League and qualified for the finals day at Great Harwood CC on the 16/9/23.

Norden played Darwen in the semi final. Norden scored 230 runs and managed to restrict Darwen to 206 runs.

Norden then faced Rishton in the final. We scored 273 runs and restricted Rishton to 238 runs. Captain Clair Wood lifted the trophy to complete a memorable season winning a League and Cup double.

Zaidi Masterclass Dashes Darwen Dreams

Stag Park was the centre of Lancashire League attention on Sunday, as defending champions Darwen arrived knowing a maximum-point win would guarantee them retaining their title. Norden were looking to play the role of party poopers and Ashar Zaidi, playing his final game for the club, was the man to play pooper-in-chief.

Norden chose to bat on a tacky surface and lost two wickets in two balls with the score on 4 as Lee Crabtree and Jack Taylor fell to Darwen skipper, Kamran Anwar. The big 2 partnership of Zaidi and Josh Tolley was together early, and they looked relatively comfortable until Dave Bowden got one to grip and take Tolley’s edge. Spencer Allen was a good foil to Zaidi and the pair added 40 before Greg Butterworth replaced Allen. Butterworth contributed just 10 to the partnership of 57 as Zaidi started to accelerate. The Norden cause was helped by Anwar choosing to bring himself back on in place of professional Punit Bisht, who had bowled 5 overs of off-spin for just 15 runs. The seamer was much easier to face on this pitch and Zaidi helped himself to 20 runs from the 45th over and a further 11 from the 47th. Zaidi brought up his hundred from 126 balls, an incredible knock given that no other batter was to make it to 20 in the match. Norden’s 197 was a massive score in the conditions and the champions were to get nowhere near it. Zaidi was pumped and his spell of 9 uninterrupted overs from the scoreboard end produced figures of 4 for 6, with each wicket celebrated vociferously. Lukas Debnam chipped in with 3 wickets in his final game before returning home to Australia, taking his total to a very creditable 47 in all competitions. Darwen were bowled out for 85, meaning that Burnley’s washout against Lowerhouse was enough to give them the title. Zaidi finished as the league’s leading wicket-taker with 46 and Tolley was 2nd amongst amateur batters with 664 runs. Special mention should also go to Scott Butterworth, who had an excellent season with 38 league wickets. Norden finished 5th in the 1st Division table, just missing out on Lancashire Cup qualification, but also wondering what might have been had they beaten the two relegated teams, Walsden and Ramsbottom, in the two games prior to this one.
1st XI Scorecard: https://norden.play-cricket.com/website/results/5592562
1st XI Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSI5URmArlA

The 2nd XI were in a similar position, with Darwen just a win from the title. What was different in this game was that there was just one league-appointed umpire and Darwen elected to take advantage of this as a run-out appeal was turned down in the 1st over when Darwen opener Zac Whalley appeared to be at least several yards short of his ground. Whalley went on to make a crucial 45 on a very difficult pitch. Norden’s bowlers stuck to their task and Oli Kirkby and Usama Malik both took 3 wickets in bowling Darwen out for 146 in the final over. Rain interruptions brought DLS re-calculations which, in truth, brought Norden into the game but some fine hitting from Malik wasn’t quite enough and Darwen won by 12 runs to take the Junior League title. A 7th place finish for Docker’s men was probably about right given the lack of runs from key men through the season, but the excellent cup run and the introduction of some extremely promising young players gives great cause for optimism. In terms of individual efforts, Mo Munawar must be congratulated for leading the league’s wicket-takers with 38. There were also 29 for Malik and Oliver Kirkby’s 19, to go alongside a maiden half-century, only underline his potential. Kabir Ahmed led the run-scorers with 340.
2nd XI Scorecard: https://norden.play-cricket.com/website/results/5593359

It was a real mix of young and old as the 3rds closed their season with a 4th successive victory. Alan Howard rolled back the years to make 79 against Clitheroe 4th XI, the heat being much more of a challenge to the veteran than the bowling. The real star of the show, though, was 14-year-old Oli Yates, who struck his 1st Norden century. Remarkably, Yates had just 68 to his name with 2 overs of the Norden innings remaining. He freed his arms to take 15 from the penultimate and when the 1st ball of the last went for 6, the hundred was on. He got there with a ball to spare, and the young man raised his bat aloft to the delight of the healthy crowd. I don’t think there’ll be many betting on this being his last century for the club. Will Hindley and Jake Hill then took over with the ball, taking 3 wickets each and Clitheroe were bowled out for 125. Having been promoted last year and starting with a couple of heavy defeats, it is of huge credit to Jimmy Drury and his young team that they have climbed to a 5th place finish. Very rarely has there been more than one or two players in the 3rds who have also played in a higher team that week and the future of the club looks in great hands with this group of young players. Yates finished as leading run-scorer with 311 and Stan Kearns made 239; both will be looking to have a real impact in the 2nds next year. Charlie Gooding’s 23 wickets came at an average of just 10 and Will Hindley had another good year with 17 wickets, the same number as Mohsin Iqbal.
3rd XI Scorecard: https://norden.play-cricket.com/website/results/5616295
3rd XI Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDJczsZ3j6o

Zaidi Signs off in Style

Ashar Zaidi has announced that he is to leave Norden after 3 seasons with the club. Zaidi’s last game highlighted what the club will miss as he scored a century and took 4 for 6 from 9 overs as Norden spoiled Darwen’s title charge.

In his 2 seasons as pro and 1 as amateur, Zaidi scored 4,095 and took 212 wickets for the club. All at Stag Park wish to pass on their thanks and good wishes to Ashar for the future.

Greg Shines but Walsden Take the Spoils

An excellent all-round performance from Norden skipper, Greg Butterworth was not enough to prevent Walsden claiming the win and keeping themselves in with a chance of staying in division 1 on Sunday. Butterworth’s 54 was his highest score of the season and helped save Norden from again being dismissed for under 100. Lee Crabtree and Lukas Debnam were the only other Norden batters to make double figures as Joe Gale did the bulk of the damage for Walsden, taking 5 for 49. The fact that Norden managed to get up to 144 before being bowled out, was largely down to an 8th wicket partnership of 83 between Butterworth and Debnam. Unfortunately, when Butterworth was trapped in front by home professional, Sachin Jayewardena, the Norden tail could not hang around and Jake Hooson took the final two wickets quickly, leaving Debnam stranded and 11 overs unfaced.

The Stags have made defending low totals a bit of a specialty in recent weeks, and for most of Walsden’s reply it looked like they would do it again. Ashar Zaidi took the first 3 wickets with just 22 on the board and then Jack Taylor and Butterworth both joined the party on a pitch that was favouring spin. The experienced Walsden pair of Matt Dawson and Stevie Barker came together at 69 for 6 and moved the score on to 106 before Butterworth had Dawson LBW for 18. When Alfie Senior also fell to Butterworth and father Paul was caught by Taylor off Zaidi, Walsden still needed a further 22. Jamie Shackleton was the last man in and there were 5 overs to go. Crucially, though, only 2 of these could be bowled by Butterworth and Zaidi. Barker knew what he had to do; get through the overs of spin and attack against the returning Scott Butterworth. He did this to great effect and the 47th over bowled by Scott went for 9 runs and there were only 2 balls needed of the 49th as Barker went six, four to give Wasden the narrowest of wins.

Norden will close their season at Stag Park on Sunday, as leaders Darwen make the trip looking to secure back-to-back titles with a maximum-points victory. The Stags will be looking to spoil the party.
1st XI Scorecard: https://norden.play-cricket.com/website/results/5592557

The 2nd team game followed a very similar pattern. This time it was Usama Malik who put in the fine all-round showing and did not deserve to finish on the losing side. Norden batted first and did well to get up to 162 after being 99 for 7. Sami Waheed made an aggressive 39 and Malik and skipper Phil Docker added 55 for the 8th wicket before Docker fell to an outstanding diving catch from Andrew Hakin. Hakin had an excellent day in the field, taking 3 catches to go with his 2 wickets. Malik finished unbeaten on 25. The Colne reply was all-action to say the least. After 9 overs the score was 55 for 5 with Malik taking 3 wickets and Mo Munawar 2. Jake Greenbank then came in and smashed 40 from just 25 balls and when he was caught by Oli Yates to give Malik his fourth, skipper Martin Kegg and Matthew Clark took the game away from Norden with more aggressive batting. The margin of victory for Colne was just 3 wickets, remarkably with 20 overs still to go.
2nd XI Scorecard: https://norden.play-cricket.com/website/results/5593355
2nd XI Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxGJ1A2WAAA&feature=youtu.be

The real highlight for Norden at the back end of the season has been the improving form of the young 3rd XI. Another win on Saturday was secured with 8 junior players and the way in which they are adapting to senior cricket and putting in crucial individual performances has been great to see. The stars this week were Jake Hill with the ball, taking his second consecutive 4 wicket haul, and Harry Mason who made 30 under real pressure in the run-chase. Rishton’s 4th XI is a team of experienced over 35’s and they posted 143 thanks to an unbeaten 74 from former 1st teamer Stuart Roberts. Hill was well supported by brother Callum, Will Hindley and Oli Yates who all took wickets. Yates then made 34 opening the batting before Norden collapsed to 69 for 5. Mason joined Callum Hill and they put on 27 before skipper Jimmy Drury came in to replace Hill and he and Mason continued the good work. When Mason was run-out looking for an overly ambitious 2nd run, he left the field to a well-deserved warm applause. Theo Andrew joined Drury and two quicker runners between the wickets you will struggle to find. The pair ran their more senior opponents ragged and Norden reached their target with 9 balls to spare. Drury finished unbeaten on 30.
3rd XI Scorecard: https://norden.play-cricket.com/website/results/5616244
3rd XI Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cO1uedm6Q6g

Stags Come up Short

It may only have been the tiniest of flickers, but Norden’s title hopes were extinguished on Sunday as they failed to chase down the target of 146 set by a Ramsbottom side fighting for survival. Yet more rain reduced the contest to 33 overs per side and Greg Butterworth chose to put Ramsbottom in, despite recent successes defending low totals. Ashar Zaidi was straight into the wickets when Ali Abbas found the safe hands of Jack Taylor on the square leg boundary. Lukas Debnam then had Tom Parton well caught behind by Lee Crabtree from his first delivery and followed that up by dismissing visiting captain Harry Caton. It was the 4th wicket partnership between Ben Pearson and Seb Schofield that formed the backbone of the Ramsbottom innings. Both defended well and were able to find the boundary when they freed their arms. Schofield’s was the only other wicket to fall, but not before he had made a valuable 30 from a partnership of 68.

145 felt like a pretty par score, but it was now Norden’s weaker suit that was going to be under pressure. At 50 for 1 with Josh Tolley and Taylor, looking every inch the 1st team top order batter, going along nicely, Norden looked favourites but Tolley edged Josh Dentith to slip for 36 and Zaidi rolled his wrists on a short ball from Toby Anderson to pick out deep square leg and the momentum had shifted. Taylor had made 31 when he was adjudged to have dragged his back foot and was given out stumped by the excellent Caton behind the stumps. The middle and lower order now had the unenviable task of having to score at a run-a-ball from the last 10 overs, which would include 5 from Pakistani Test off-spinner Bilal Asif. Asif was not far from unplayable on a pitch offering spin and bounce for a bowler who uses his height to great effect. Alex Willis was trapped in front and Butterworth was a tad unlucky when he got a good piece of a reverse sweep, only for the ball to hit Parton in the chest at slip and bounce up kindly for the catch to be taken. Scott Butterworth did find the boundary on a couple of occasions, but it was not enough; Asif’s figures of 3 for 17 from 10 overs proving to be the difference.
1st XI Scorecard: https://norden.play-cricket.com/website/results/5592550
1st XI Highlights: 1st XI vs Ramsbottom Highlights – YouTube

The seconds got off to a terrible start at Acre Bottom as Ramsbottom raced to 88 without loss, but a good recovery with the ball saw Mo Waheed and Oli Kirkby take 5 wickets between them for just 10 runs. A 6th wicket stand of 50 put the hosts back in charge, though and despite Waheed’s 5 wickets, they were able to post 170 from their 34 overs. After Kirkby was first man out, Haris Hussain and Kabir Ahmed put on 61, but an all-too-familiar collapse did for Norden’s hopes. 4 wickets fell with just 3 runs added and Danny Devine’s valiant 32 was only good enough for 3 batting bonus points.
2nd XI Scorecard: https://norden.play-cricket.com/website/results/5593348

A double-header weekend for the 3rds started at Bacup on Saturday. A good performance with the bat saw Norden score 162 for 8 from their 40 overs in tough conditions. 46 from Oli Yates and 35 from Mohsin Iqbal were the highlights, before the storms came and ended proceedings early.

Monday saw a fantastic display secure 12 points against a Ramsbottom team with 7 players who had played either 1st or 2nd team the day before. Norden had only one, and for a genuine 3rd team to put in such an excellent performance was a real credit to them. Jimmy Drury top-scored with 40 as Norden set Ramsbottom 137 to win in very tricky batting conditions.14-year-old leg-spinner Jake Hill was the star with the ball, taking 4 for 34, and brother Callum finished the game by clean-bowling 1st XI captain Harry Caton with an absolute peach of a delivery. Well done lads, you were superb!

3rd XI Scorecard vs Bacup : https://norden.play-cricket.com/website/results/5616318

3rd XI Scorecard vs Ramsbottom : https://norden.play-cricket.com/website/results/5616327
3rd XI Highlights vs Ramsbototm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OP0cXtyEHhY

Bowlers Deliver Again for Norden

The last 3 weeks have seen Norden bat first and be dismissed for scores of 50, 82 and 64. Remarkably, they haven’t lost any of these games and another superb bowling performance on Sunday meant that the 64 posted at Burnley’s boohoo.com Turf Moor ground was enough for another 12 points and a move up to 4th in the table with 3 games to play.

Greg Butterworth won a toss that he probably would rather not have done, and he chose to bat on a pitch that looked ok at one end but pretty damp at the other. Openers Tolley and Willis didn’t last long, but Jack Taylor and Zaidi brought a little bit of calm to proceedings before Zaidi sold his young partner down the river and he was run out. Amazingly, the next four Norden batter fell without scoring and it looked like the season-low score of 50 was under threat. Home professional Ockert Erasmus was finding prodigious turn and batting was extremely difficult, but Zaidi decided he had to attack and managed to find the boundary on a few occasions as last man Dean Lord held firm at the other end. Zaidi was last man out, but he contributed 41 of Norden’s 64 and with conditions as they were, this somehow felt like a semi-competitive score.

It was actually much more than that, as Burnley started badly and never recovered. Zaidi and Scott Butterworth combined for 8 wickets with Zaidi turning the ball square and Butterworth bowling off a short run-up to great effect. Butterworth’s 5 victims took him to 47 in all competitions this season and, even though he put a catch down at slip off brother Greg which would have finished the game, he made amends when he dived forward to claim the match-winning catch off Lukas Debnam.

This Norden team has its flaws, but the character and bowling skill on display in the last few weeks has been outstanding. Whisper it quietly, but they are only 11 points off the top spot. Stranger things have happened.
1st XI Scorecard: https://norden.play-cricket.com/website/results/5592540

The 2nds fell just short in their run chase at Stag Park. Taking on a strong Burnley outfit, not quite fresh from their Junior Cup win the day before, Usama Malik, Oli Yates, Sami Waheed and Jamie Taylor all took 2 wickets to bowl the visitors out for 182 in under 40 overs. Veteran, and persistent thorn in the Norden side, Steve Brunt was the mainstay of the Burnley innings with an unbeaten 58. The all-too familiar issue of extras reared its head again with 30 runs donated to the cause.

3 early wickets didn’t help the reply, but Haris Hussain and Yates recovered the situation and added 72 for the 4th wicket. Unfortunately, both were dismissed in quick succession. Yates was bowled by Matthew Thornton and Hussain slapped the same bowler straight to long-off just after reaching his first half-century for the club. Thornton went on to take 5 wickets, and despite decent efforts from Taylor, Waheed and Mo Munawar, Norden fell short by 17 runs.
2nd XI Scorecard: https://norden.play-cricket.com/website/results/5593343
2nd XI Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIeRruvsDvk

A second consecutive victory for the 3rds laid to bed any relegation fears. Usama Malik shone with the bat, hitting 66 from just 43 balls with 6 sixes as Norden reached 183 all out. Opponents Todmorden looked well set to chase the runs down, but from 97 for 2 they collapsed and could only add another 26 runs. Mohsin Iqbal started the rot and Joe Golden picked up 3 wickets as the maximum 12 points were secured.
3rd XI Scorecard: https://norden.play-cricket.com/website/results/5616315

Dave Wild Obituary

A few weeks ago the sad news came to us of the passing of Dave Wild.

Dave was an extremely popular member of the club. Dave first became a member in 1953, and during that 70 year membership put in countless hours of volunteer work in various different roles, that quite rightly resulted in him being made a life member.

Dave was born on the 23rd December 1943 and spent his early years living on Edenfield Road. During the 50’s and the 60’s the club did not have a bar and virtually closed down between September and April.

Dave was a keen cricketer and soon made his family home on Woodhouse Lane. It was in the late 60’s / early 70’s that Dave become more heavily involved at the club. His trade of an Electrical Engineer was put to good use as the likes of him and Bob Fee re-wired the whole clubhouse at nights / weekends as an extension and a new bar were built.

During the 80’s and 90’s Dave became involved with coaching the juniors cricketers, as his two sons Gareth and Leon had now joined the club. Alongside Dennis Hardman it was a formidable coaching duo that brought through some of the finest cricketers the club has ever seen. Dave was a tremendous organiser / administrator and his passion for the game was second to none.

This passion was most evident when Leon would come in to bat. An often regaled tale is of a young Leon coming out to bat for the second team. The bowler sent down his first delivery and Leon thought (as he often did) that it was in his slot and took an almighty swipe but missed the ball. Luckily the ball went safely past the off stump. “What you doing Leon, get your head down” roared Dave from the sidelines. The bowler ran in with his second delivery and Leon took an even bigger swipe. Unfortunately, he missed the ball once again and it sailed just past the off stump. “Bloody hell Leon, get your head down lad, play straight” shouted an exasperated Dave. The bowler trundled in for his third delivery which he put in exactly the same spot as the first two. Leon swung even harder, but this time connecting with the ball and sending it flying towards the War memorial for six. An expectant crowd turned to Dave… “Wonderful shot our Leon, brilliant”.

During this time Dave was also instrumental in gaining Norden CC 3rd XI entry into the Halifax Sunday League. Back in the days of the Central Lancashire League it was the norm to have 30-35 games a season in the 1st and 2nd division. This left very little time for any 3rd XI cricket. Dave, seeing a burgeoning junior section realised that these young players needed an introduction into adult cricket. Dave somehow persuaded our Yorkshire friends to not only let us join the league, but to play the vast majority of our fixtures away from home.
The Halifax league was a tremendous success with several generations of 1st XI cricketers having gained great experience of adult cricket. Dave would often umpire when called upon and was Norden’s league representative for 22 years. Whenever you attended the annual dinner it was obvious the extremely high regard in which Dave was held by the other clubs.

Two of the most successful 1st XI captains the club have ever seen came through the ranks during Daves time as coach in Stuart Fern and Simon North.
Stuart, who was the captain for the CLL league winning season of 2004 recalls “Dave Wild was one of the first coaches we met at Norden and even sourced my first pair of cricket boots. His enthusiasm and passion for the game is all any youth player remembers. And it’s just that made him such a special member of the club. He helped impact Norden in a huge way with a batch of juniors that went on to transform the club. With successes at youth level culminating in many graduates that won the CLL for the first time in 17 years back in 2004. A great coach, character and friend to all who met him. He’ll be truly missed by all!”

Simon, arguably Norden’s greatest ever youth product having representing England Schoolboys, captained the 1st XI to League and Wood Cup doubles in 2014 and 2015 said “Dave was an extremely generous and genuine man. My first coach. Dave would be very generous with his time with all the kids in our junior set up and I certainly benefited from this as he would regularly take me to and from games.
A good motivator, passionate about his club and with a patience you need to coach young lads with maybe the exception of his sons!
Dave was always a stalwart Stag and always had the best of the club at heart.
That said he had the best of hearts.”

Dave spent a lot of time watching cricket, he was a permanent fixture under the scoreboard with Fee brothers. For many years he would be one of the helpers rolling the wicket or re-painting the lines at the mid innings break. Dave would often enjoy a drink with the lads after a game. I remember one year in the early 2000’s when it was the clubs annual BBQ and Karaoke. Dave and his son Gareth went up to do a song. I can’t 100% rememeber, but i think it was Irish Rover. The chorus involve a lot of loud clapping. To the DJ’s great annoyance Dave was getting enthusiastically into the clapping parts… but was doing so with an expensive wireless mic in between his hands. It didn’t matter how many times the DJ warned Dave, when the chorus came back round that expensive mic was getting walloped in between his hands. It really was a sight to behold.

For a man that lived in Norden all his life you could mistakenly think that Dave wasn’t very worldly. However, after a few whiskeys he loved regaling stories of holidays in South Africa or running round New York with Peter O’Toole. Don’t be mistaken… this Norden boy had lived!

Around 2010, or just before, the cricket club entered a side in the Rochdale Darts League. Dave was one of the first members of the team, and played right up until the league folded in 2020 Dave never missed a game, even whilst undergoing treatment at Christies he would turn up week in week out. Dave was a very popular member of the team. Every darts player needs a nickname and somehow he was coined ‘Dangerous Dave’. In truth, the only thing dangerous about the man was his mathematics. He was soon banned from scoring and nearly set Paul Morrell off in to a fit every week when he got his sums wrong and was throwing for the wrong double. Darts team captain Graham Fletcher added “After a few years he settled down into his position, and was always our first man off. It was a well known tradition in the league that Dave would beat you (or try to) then rush off to buy you a pint. He was a wonderful bloke, the heart and soul of the darts team really”.

Dave was one of life’s good guys. Our sincere condolences go out to Gwenn, Gareth and Leon.

Dave… we thank you for all the memories and happy times. Norden CC owes you a great debt of gratitude for all that you did for so many years.

RIP Dangerous

Stags Snatch a Tie

Norden CC managed to snatch a tie in late drama at Stag Park during a rain reduced game against Clitheroe.

In an all too familiar scene this summer it was 12 o clock on game day and the players were in the clubhouse watching it rain. Five times between 12-3 the players walked out to the covers as rain had stopped, only for it to start again just as they were about to remove the covers.

However, perseverance paid off and a after a great job mopping up by all the players the game was scheduled for a 16:15 start with 22 overs per side. Clitheroe won the toss and elected to field.

It was a bad start for the Stags as Crabtree and Zaidi both went for a duck. Tolley (11) and Jack Taylor (10) steadied the ship before Tolley chipped one to deep point. Captain, G Butterworth, joined Taylor and kept things ticking until Taylor was adjudged out, stumped.

It was then a bit of a procession as S Butterworth (1) and Holt (0) went quickly. The captain (8) and Willis (8) then fell to leave the Stags at 55-8 and many fearing we wouldn’t even see the overs out. However Debnam had other ideas and put on a seasons best 23, ably supported by Allen (6). Debnam was run out off the last ball of the innings, pushing for a second, and the Stags finished on 82 all out. Heyman (3-17) and Sharp (3-14) were the pick of the bowlers for the visitors.

The Stags needed an early wicket, and Zaidi had Ross (8) caught by Holt with the score on 17. Lord (34) and Jack Dewhurst (15) then took the attack to Norden playing some aggressive, whilst sensible cricket. At 63-3 the game looked dead and buried, especially with Clitheroe professional Munaweera looking in good touch. A double change in bowling brought G Butterworth and Debnam into the attack. Clitheroe moved along to 73-3 when G Butterworth bowled Charlie Dewhirst. Debnam then trapped professional Munaweera LBW. It was then the Debnam show as he had Hewitt (1), Lemon (5) and Dibb (0) all in quick succession. Clitheroe were 81-8 with just two needed for victory. It then looked like disaster struck as Debnam bowled a leg side wide to take the scores level. However, Debnam bounced straight back and bowled Hayman (0) to finish with 7 overs 7-22. It was into the final over we went with Clitheroe needing 1 run and the Stags needing 1 wicket or a maiden over to tie. G Buttewrorth who had 6 overs 1-10 gave the final over to Zaidi, who with the 3rd ball of the over had Bennett (2) smartly caught at short cover by Willis and the game finished a tie.
Scorecard : https://norden.play-cricket.com/website/results/5592537

The 2nd XI tried to perform a miracle of their own. After being bowled out for just 35 they had Clitheroe 2nd XI worried at 18-5, but they rallied well and knocked them off with 4 wickets to spare.

After being inserted on a damp one things didn’t start to badly with the experienced front 3 of Hashum, Docker and Kabi taking us to 17-2. However, disaster struck after this and only Sami Waheed (10) showed anything like. Sam Halstead with 4-23 and Lucas Murphy 5-10 were the only bowlers used by the home side.

The Stags need something special and with Usama taking 4 early wickets and Munny 1 they had Clitheroe reduced to 18-5. However, it what was a spicy affair, the lack of runs proved costly and a partnership of 12 between Murphy and Halstead more or less saw Clitheroe to victory
Scorecard : https://norden.play-cricket.com/website/results/5593334

On Sunday it was the turn of the 3rd XI as they travelled to Rishton to play their 3rd XI. Rishton won the toss an batted first. Clark (32) and Leathert (16) were the mainstay in Rishton’s 93 all out from 31.5 overs. For the Stags Mohsin Iqbal got 4-13 and Charlie Gooding 2-5.

Norden made quick work of the target, knocking off the required runs from 17.2 overs. After losing Bebb and Kearns early, Zeeshan Anwar (37) and Munny (43) saw the Stags home in quick time.
Scorecard : https://norden.play-cricket.com/website/results/5616310