Knockout blow

FOR THE second weekend running Norden crashed out of a major cup competition.
They followed on their Lancashire Knockout exit with defeat in a quarter-final of the JW Lees Lancashire League’s Worsley Cup.
From the moment Stags lost leading run scorer Josh Tolley for 12 it was hard going, although Harvey Fitton did provide some pleasure with 32 off 69 deliveries faced.
Dominic Humphries was bowled by Francois Haasbroek for 4, and professional Jake Sandham fell to a controversial catch by Toqir Hussain. Some said the ball hadn’t carried, others said it had bounced up off the ground before being taken.
Whatever the case the umpires decided it was out, and the demise of the middle order was complete when Greg Butterworth was out to a brilliant catch by wicket-keeper Joe Martin.
At that stage it was 79 for five, but Lee Crabtree (34) and Steve Pimm (14) did their best to repair some of the damage as they took the total up to 113 with 10 overs left, each grafting for more than 50 deliveries faced.
Then it rained, and it rained hard with a bit of thunder and lightning thrown in.
When play resumed the loss of overs meant Norden’s innings was at an end, but due to those good chaps Duckworth and Lewis the target for Lowerhouse to chase went up to 151.
It looked promising for Stags when Ben Heap was caught behind by Crabtree off a Chris Humphreys delivery, and visiting pro’ Ockert Erasmus was given out leg before to the same bowler.
It got even better for Norden when Steve Pimm dived forward at point to take a chance from Jon Finch which made it 16 for three.
But the young Ben Uttley and the experienced Haasbroek never looked really troubled and carried the score to 92 before Uttley was caught by Dominic Humphreys.
Haasbroek went on to score 59 before being bowled by Jake Sandham, and Chris Humphreys picked up his fourth wicket of the match when son Dominic caught out Paddy Martin.
Lowerhouse, thanks to an unbeaten 27 from Charles Cottam, reached their target with eight balls to spare.
So, it was a huge disappointment for Norden, magnified by the fact that the expected large attendance of Lowerhouse supporters never materialised.

Weekend results

Worsley Cup: Crompton 222-3 (Denis Louis 85, Mohammed Jamal 80no), Darwen 156-8; Norden 113-5, Lowerhouse 151-6 (target 151, Francois Haasbroek 59); Rishton 134-9, Burnley 160-9 (Liam Bedford 70, Scott Greaves 4-31).
2nd X1 Telegraph Trophy
Burnley 216-5 (Michael Kelly 56, Harry Tomlinson 49no), Rishton 158 (Ben Bridson 58, Daniel Briggs 44); Middleton 149-7 (Mark Buckley 58no), Norden 132-6 WDL; Ramsbottom 161-4 (Jon Dack 74, Sam Price 46no), Todmorden 151; Walsden 193-8 (Jon Lord 51, Andrew Butcher 49, Gareth Brandwood 43), Crompton 167-6 (Mahmood Sultan 41no).
1st X1: Church 95-1 (SR Holt 58no), Littleborough 91 (JW Gaskell 5-16); Darwen 105-8 (C Holt 5-41), Burnley 209 WDL (C Holt 42, JD Cordingley 4-36); Enfield 223-9 (L Wright 77,AP Bracewell 62, E Kemm 5-54), Bacup 166 (TM Farragher 43, S Newbit 40, L Wright 5-20); Haslingden 156 (K Ghulam 91) v Accrington – rain; Lowerhouse 239-7 (O Erasmus 51, P Martin 50no, B Heap 46), East Lancashire 103 (F Haasbroek 6-23); Middleton 203-8 (G Walker 61, C Williams 42no), Crompton 195-9 WDL (M Jamal 57, St Wright 55no); Nelson 149-8 (D Crotty 64), Great Harwood 148 (D Crotty 5-27); Rawtenstall 222 (K Petersen 116, T Aziz 47), Todmorden 40-0 – rain; Rishton 103, Colne 106-2 (J Price 66no); Rochdale 77 (M Burdaky 5-39), Ramsbottom 141-8 (T Parton 58, S Oddy 4-30); Walsden 77-2, Norden 78 (J Shackleton 5-38); Milnrow v Clitheroe 272-5 (Jack Dewhurst 77, Fawad Alam 69 no) – rain.
2nd X1: Bacup 137 (S Thompson 43, M Basharat 6-29), Enfield 201 (L Barker 83, D Boardman 4-42); Burnley 110 (S Brunt 45, Z Whalley 4-12), Darwen 111-3 (J Painter 42); Clitheroe 139-2 (J McDowell 77), Milnrow 137 (S Ahmed 5-29); Colne 187-8 (R Procter 81, Rishton 188-5 (M Taylor 68); Crompton 192-7 (M Woodward 75) v Middleton – rain; Great Harwood 216-8 (M Ahmed 56no, M Pemberton 5-44), Nelson 172-7 (N Burton 66); Norden 200-9 (M Buckley 42), Walsden 40-0 – rain; Ramsbottom 202-5 (M Howarth 56no), Rochdale 44-3 – rain; Todmorden 224-8 (D Walters 63, S Ali 55no), Rawtenstall 26-1 rain.
Bacup 94-1, Haslingden 91-9 (E Kemm 5-5); Burnley 217-4 (Asif Zakir 101, D Brown 70), Clitheroe 82; Crompton 175-3 (A Swanepoel 69), Milnrow 135 (N Hornbuckle 60, H Dean 4-19); Enfield 109-6 (Y Ali 46), Darwen 113-6; Great Harwood 144-3 (A Armer 53, A Silva 49no), Lowerhouse 145-1 (F Haasbroek 82no); Littleborough 89 (Umesh 5-7), Walsden 90-3; Nelson 115-4, Church 122-9 (J Riekert 41); Norden 173-5 (J Tolley 80, Ramsbottom 176-2 (Muthusamy 56no, R Udwadia 53no), B Fielding 43); Rishton 101-3, East Lancashire 100-6; Rochdale 124-9 (B Chapman 40, M Collins 4-7), Todmorden 119-6

Bad day at Scott Street

HAVING gone out of the Worsley Cup on Saturday, and being beaten by Ramsbottom in a T20 match on Friday, it didn’t seem like Norden’s weekend could get any worse.
But it did, as they were bowled out for only 75 by Walsden in a league match on Sunday and eventually lost by eight wickets.
Opener Josh Tolley hit 20, but only two others got into double figures. Dominic Humphreys scored 10, and Lee Crabtree scored 16.
Jamie Shackleton took the wickets of Norden’s top five batsmen for 38 runs before Umesh got in on the act with his three for eight.
Norden managed to pick up the wickets of both Walsden openers – one of them falling to the bowling of Steve Pimm who had not turned his arm for many a match.
But Stags were never really in it.

T20 hopes take a battering

STAGS hopes of qualifying for the T20 quarter-finals took a battering on Friday night.
Josh Tolley (80), Hashum Malik (36), Dominic Humphreys 21 and Jake Sandham 17 saw Stags to a total of 173 for five.
Ramsbottom lost Olpin, bowled by Sandham, with only 12 on the board, and Malik took a wicket with 68 scored.
But Muthusamy then featured in a match-winning partnership with his unbeaten 56, helped by former Norden player Rehan Udwadia who batted well for his 53 not out.

Seconds reach semis

NORDEN seconds are through to the semi-finals of the Lancashire Telegraph Trophy and will now meet Walsden at Scott Street on Sunday 8 July.
Stags restricted Middleton to a score of 149 for seven at Towncroft on Saturday, Mark Buckley having scored an unbeaten 58.
Teeno Saeed and Asif Saeed took the early line-up wickets before Jack Harrison picked up three for 27.
A break for rain meant Stags had to chase a target of 131, and they did it with six wickets down.
Dean Lord scored 36, Matthew Buckley 27, and Matt Farrand 21 not out.

Runs before the rain

NORDEN seconds scored 200 for nine in their home match against Walsden on Sunday, but rain ended play with the visitors’ reply on 40 without loss.
Poor shots cost two early wickets, but Jack Harrison and Matt Buckley pulled the innings round.
Harrison scored 28 and Buckley 42 before a mid innings hiccup saw more wickets fall.
Jay Collin led another revival with a good 38, Ross Collin added 12 before being stumped, and skipper Phil Docker finished on 12 not out.
There was added late entertainment when Teeno Saeed blasted two sixes in his unbeaten quickfire 16.
Walsden managed eight overs before persistent drizzle then heavier rain brought a premature end to the match.

Success for thirds

STAGS thirds defeated Lightcliffe in a Halifax Sunday League match.
Lightcliffe were dismissed for 128. Sami Waheed took four for 24, and there were two wickets each for Harry Blomfield and Spencer Allen.
Norden replied with 132 for six.
Simon Wystawnoha scored 31, and Mo Waheed was unbeaten on 29.

A friendship remembered

  • A KINDNESS shown years ago by Norden Cricket Club has been recognised in the will of a Rochdale lady.
    When the Rochdale Golf clubhouse was virtually destroyed by fire the Cricket Club allowed the use of its facilities to the Golf Club members.
    Among those members were Fred and Mary Bottomley and Ray Farrell who enjoyed games of bridge in the cricket club.
    Fred died in 2009, and Mary passed on in December 2017.
    Ray was Executor of the estate of the late Mary and on Tuesday night he handed a cheque for £10,000 to cricket club chairman Stuart Hunt.
    He said: “The kindness which was shown towards members of Rochdale Golf Club after our clubhouse was burned down some years ago has not been forgotten.
    “We would like the money to be used for the development of amateur cricket at the various age group levels within the club.”
    Club chairman Stuart Hunt said: “It has not been decided how to spend the money, but I can assure Ray that there will be some form of recognition in memory of Mary and Fred somewhere noticeable on the ground, and Ray will be invited to come and see what the money has been used for.”
    Mrs Bottomley left £100,000 to Springhill Hospice, and other amounts went to Grace’s Place – a Bury based children’s hospice which caters for families, Rochdale Golf Club, Rochdale RUFC, and Rochdale Mayfield.
  • Stuart Hunt (left) and Ray Farrell are pictured below.