Opener ends in defeat

NORDEN opened their JW Lees Lancashire League season with a defeat at Clitheroe.
The home side was asked to take first knock and looked in trouble at 48 for five then 81-6.
But the innings was pulled round by Peter Dibb who hit 56, Bilal Ahmed 46, Josh McDowell 25, and Norden were left with a target of 214.
The reply saw Stags on 45 before the first wicket fell. Wickets then tumbled and it was an all out 178.
Josh Tolley top scored with 29, and Lee Crabtree was unbeaten on 27.

Weekend scores

JW LEES LANCASHIRE LEAGUE
Saturday
Singleton Trophy: Walsden 261-7 (Hooson 86, Umesh 46, Joe Gale 44), Lowerhouse 169 (Erasmus 52, Joe Gale 4-32). Played at Lowerhouse.
Sunday
Division One: Rochdale 215-9 (Dexter 58, Kasser 4-33), Accrington 211-5 (Brown 60, Grimshaw 52, Pettini 45); Crompton 245 (Louis 140, Tariq 4-68, Church 228 (Tariq 106, Crabtree 56, Azharullah 5-36); Lowerhouse 205-6 (Whitehead 74), Todmorden 183-9 (Erasmus 4-53); Ramsbottom 185-7 (Smit 58), Darwen 92; Walsden 109 (Koen 5-34), Burnley 110-5 (JJ Marshall 44no); Clitheroe 213 (Dibb 56), Norden 178 (Suraj 4-35).
Division Two: Bacup 180-5 (Thompson 58, Newbitt 42), Littleborough 176-8 (Townsend 57no, Perren 43); Colne 136-4 (Price 62no), Rawtenstall 132 (Aziz 47, Price 4-27); East Lancashire 173 (Caton 67, Amjad 4-33), Rishton 247-7 (Amjad 134, DC Turner 5-65); Haslingden 131 (Coleman 73, Weersinghe 4-30, Nazir 4-29), Nelson 141 (Crotty 52, Sudworth 4-60); Middleton 235-9 (Carpentier 53, R Tierney 41no), Great Harwood 159 (Oddie 64, Hussain 51).
2nd x1s
Division One: Accrington 76 (Saville 7-23), Rochdale 77-1; Burnley 188-7 (Tate 55), Walsden 189-3 (F Khan 53, S Hanson 43no); Darwen 139 (Gabriel 4-28), Ramsbottom 143-6 (Parkinson 47); Norden 186 (Ahmed 4-53), Clitheroe 236 (D Turner 40, S Waheed 4-45); Rishton 105, Crompton 107-3 (M Woodward 52no); Todmorden 136 (Gee 54, Wallbank 5-30), Colne 140-5 (White 43).
Division Two
Church 283-5 (Ellison 89, North 82, East Lancashire 127 (Ali 4-42); Nelson 177 (Burton 57), Haslingden 253-2 (Thornton 91, Jeffrey 45, O Cameron 43no); Rawtenstall 94 (Hope 5-29), Lowerhouse 216 (Marsden 60, Simm 44); Littleborough 132 (Pye 65, Holt 5-22), Bacup 136-6 (Syers 49).

Seconds wilt in the sun

STAGS seconds suffered in the sun when beaten by Clitheroe seconds at Stag Park on Sunday.
The visitors won the toss and elected to take first knock which saw them put on 54 before second change bowler Beamer gained a breakthrough.
Stags bowling was never pretty, but for a long time of the first innings it looked as though the end score would be contained to something around 170.
It all changed with some lusty blows, but Clitheroe then conspired to lose their last six wickets for 43, and Stags needed 237 for victory.
It could have been a lot worse had Clitheroe taken full advantage of 17 free hits awarded for front foot no-balls.
Beamer finished with three wickets, but the top performer with the ball was young Sami Waheed who took four for 45. Three of his victims being clean bowled, the other trapped leg before.
To be honest, Stags were never in the chase and slipped to 73 for five.
James O’Neill was the pick of the early order wih his 20, and there was something of a recovery led by Greg Tattersall (28) and Jason Collin (27).
Sami Waheed hit 20, but when he offered a return catch Stags were all out for 186.
FULL SCORECARD ON NORDEN PLAY CRICKET

Crimble challenge

Heywood’s Crimble ground will be the venue for the Tom Hardman T20 on Monday 27 May.
Teams will be Heywood, Rochdale, Norden and Middleton.
The draw has yet to be made.