Dan puts Stags in control

DAN Buckley played a superbly controlled innings to see Norden to victory over Great Harwood at Stag Park on Sunday.
From 95 deliveries faced he reaped 68 runs which included a straight six to round off the match.
Norden reached their target of 157 with five wickets down, that target having been boosted by Harwood’s lower middle order following a dour opening.
On a greenish wicket Harwood found it hard to score runs.
Matthew Oddie was bowled middle stick by Hashum Malik, Matthew Bunn was caught behind by Lee Crabtree, off Jake Sandham, and with 20 overs gone Harwood were on 30-2.
It might have been good to watch for the purists – a battle between bat and ball – but to many it was probably more fun trying to count the bubbles in a glass of lager.
Those starting to drop off were roused by a double success for the Stags.
With the total on 38 Philip Aspinall was caught behind to provide Dom Humphreys with the first of his three wickets, and Patrick Swanney steered a Humphreys delivery to Harvey Fitton in the slips.
Visiting professional Ashen Silva struggled to make 12 off 55 balls. He went for the 56th and saw Joe Humphreys collect to end his knock.
At 67 for five it promised to be an early finish, but Paul Houldsworth and Nazakat Hussain obviously decided the best policy was to have a go.
Hussain smacked two sixes in his 26 before falling to a catch by Joe Humphreys, while Houldsworth hit three maximums in his unbeaten 54.
Two more wickets fell, but Norden never looked like bowling Harwood out for a maximum points return.
The reply saw 33 on the board before Harvey Fitton was judged leg before to Stuart Maher.
And there was unbridled joy in the Harwood camp one run later when Tolley edged Maher to Chris Oddie behind the stumps.
Buckley and Dom Humphreys then started to rebuild the innings steadily, but with 19 to his name Humphreys was given out.
The scorebook records he was given out caught behind. Only problem with that is that the keeper clearly spilled the catch. If it was a leg before decision it certainly looked high and down the leg.
Whatever the case Humphreys had to walk, and Jake Sandham followed him having been caught behind.
Greg Butterworth scored 20 as Norden reached 135 for five, and it was left for Nick Brierley to mainly spectate as Buckley knocked off the remaining runs from the other end.

Weekend results

Darwen 178-3 (MD Friend 50no, J Clarke 45), Enfield 174-9 (Y Ali 49, K Anwar 4-30).
Bacup 194-6 (E Kemm 104no, M Schofield 44, C Holt 4-44), Burnley 197-8 (J Marshall 44); Clitheroe 301-7 (JM Dewhurst 130, S Mulligan 83, A Hakin 4-75), Colne 104 (E Smith 4-32); Darwen 229-8 (C Savage 103, L Wolfenden 4-29), Church 162-6 (L Wolfenden 62); East Lancashire 132 (PM Turner 53), Rochdale 104 (N Kelly 42, J Bolton 5-47); Enfield 121 (J Wrigley 43), Crompton 164 (D Louis 63, S O’Loughlin 4-45); Lowerhouse 92-1 (C Cottam 55no), Haslingden 87 (Akbar Ur-Rehman 4-14; Milnrow 163 (N Hornbuckle 52), Accrington 165-7 (N Hornbuckle 4-60); Nelson 111-4 (D Smit 59no), Middleton 109; Norden 157-5 (D Buckley 68no), Great Harwood 156-8 (P Houldsworth 54no); Ramsbottom 269-7 (R Udwadia 83, JJ Fielding 61), Littleborough 173 (R Miskella 55); Rishton 164 (M Leathert 55, M Amjad 53, A Hussain 4-36), Rawtenstall 215-9 (K Pawar 100, T Aziz 45, M Amjad 4-52); Walsden 178-8 (Joe Gale 62, M Collins 5-43), Todmorden 176 (C Schofield 48, Umesh 5-41, J Shackleton 4-49).
2nd X1
Accrington 109-4, Milnrow 106; Church 126 (S Naeem 51, G Lawrenson 4-40), Darwen 127-3 (Z Whalley 43); Colne 115 (B Patel 46, G Kershaw 5-28), Clitheroe 116-6 (D Mahmood 6-51); Crompton 88-0 (A Curtis 42no), Enfield 84 (S Webb 4-32); Great Harwood 125-5, Norden 124; Haslingden 193-8, Lowerhouse 143 (P Haggerty 51, M Ahmed 5-31); Littleborough 106 (A Olpin 4-12), Ramsbottom 107-0 (A Olpin 51no, N Round 41no); Middleton 151 (A Holmes 64, Y Ali 4-31), Nelson 205-6 (W Qureshi 106no); Rawtenstall 151 (M Tayyib 50no, Senapathi 4-38), Rishton 155-2 (M Leathert 66no, C Smith 57no); Rochdale 118-6 (J Duffy 50), East Lancashire 117 (R Mayes 4-40); Todmorden 161 (R Coates 63, L Kavanagh 54, M Khan 5-44, F Khan 4-31), Walsden 220-8 (F Khan 50, G Brandwood 50, N Ahmed 4-45).

Roses match

LANCASHIRE will meet Yorkshire in an under 12s development squad match at Stag Park on Wednesday 15 August, start noon, 40 overs per side.

Blow for seconds

STAGS seconds suffered defeat at Great Harwood on Sunday. They were bowled out for 124 and lost by five wickets.
Six players got into double figures for Stags, but 19 was the top score from Jason Collin.
Jamie Jackson scored 17
Sami Waheed was the pick with the ball. He took three for 19.
The third team also went down, against Barkisland, at Stainland.

Tom Hardman T20

THE Tom Hardman T20 will be played at Towncroft on Monday 27 August.
Stags will play Rochdale, start 10am, and Middleton will meet Heywood, start 1pm.
The final will start at 4.45pm.
Games will be played under Lancashire League T20 rules.
Umpires on the day will be Nigel Tench, Howard Dronsfield and Ged Carter.
JW Lees Brewers have agreed to sponsor expenses for the day.
There will be no admission charge for spectators, but there will be a raffle which it is hoped spectators will support.

New date for matches

  1.  Matches postponed on what should have been the opening day of the season will now be played on 19 August, Rawtenstall v Norden, Norden 2nd v Rawtenstall 2nd.

Local firm sponsors Dallas match

A CRICKET team from the United States opened a tour of Greater Manchester and Lancashire on Monday.
Their match at Norden was sponsored by local company Hanson Springs which has a warehouse in Plano, Texas, and was keen to support this match.
In the picture Dexter Fitton of Hanson Springs hands the sponsorship cheque to touring coach Asif Mujtaba who was professional at Norden for 11 years, watched by the Dallas Knights under 17s players.
As for the cricket, Knights piled up 255-8 in 40 overs. Spectators then saw a superb display of pace bowling and spin as a Norden X1, strengthened by a few outsiders, crashed to 64 all out.
Knights will play a Lancashire League under 17s X1 at Littleborough on Sunday, start noon.
The League squad is: Richie Fox (Rishton), Faheem Basharat (Enfield), Harris Masood (Great Harwood), Tom Horrocks (Haslingden), Thomas Booth (Norden), Will Wystawnoha (Norden), Joe Demaine (Enfield), Dan Wilson (Longridge), Zac Perren (Littleborough), Jake Walker (Ramsbottom), Noah Priestley (Todmorden), Jack Sim (Lowerhouse).

Cricket Summer Camp 2018

Our annual Cricket Summer Camp is back!

Monday 20th August – Wednesday 22nd August for all budding cricketers between 7 & 15.

Further information is available on the Junior Notice Board in the club. Limited places – book now to avoid disappointment.


Bonfire volunteers needed

THE annual Norden Cricket Club bonfire and fireworks display will be held on Saturday 3 November.
Volunteers are needed for the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. If you can help in any way please contact club manager Sheila Worsley.