Stags Keep Treble Hopes Alive

Norden went into a tough 3 game weekend with 4 trophies still to play for and finished it with the possibility of a Lancashire League treble still intact. The league title push had taken a hit last week but Norden bounced back in fine style with a maximum point home victory over Lowerhouse, who themselves had hopes of forcing themselves up into the group of contenders. Hashum Malik opted to bowl first in a match reduced to 36 overs a side but the Lowerhouse opening pair got off to a fine start and added 50 within the first 9 overs. As so often, it was Ash Zaidi who provided the breakthrough and once he had the home side were able to calm the run-rate by picking up wickets at regular intervals. Sami Waheed had visiting professional Stephen Parry caught behind and Dom Humphreys, although wicketless with the ball, provided the spark in the field with 2 run-outs and an outstanding catch at long-on to dismiss the dangerous Francois Haasbroek. A total that had looked like being in the region of 200 early on ended up at 158 all-out with 2 crucial overs left unfaced and Norden appeared to be favourites at half-way. Malik and Josh Tolley started in similar vein to their counterparts so when Malik skied to long-on off Parry it allowed Greg Butterworth to join Tolley and play risk-free cricket. Their partnership broke the back of the run chase and totalled 85 when Butterworth was bowled on the sweep for 39. Some tight bowling from the visitors meant that when Tolley was dismissed for a fine 67 looking to hit a decisive boundary, there were still 10 runs needed from 11 balls. Lee Crabtree looked to have decided things with a straight 6 but apparently the Lowerhouse fielder at long-on could not tell if his spiked cricket boots were in contact with concrete or grass as he palmed the ball back into play from beyond the rope and after an initial signal of 6 the umpires decided that they didn’t have a clear enough view and such awarded just a single. Norden were not to be denied though, and 2 boundaries from Zaidi finished the job. The match saw Norden professional, Ashar Zaidi, pass the milestones of 1000 runs and 50 wickets for the season in all competitions; a superb effort with nearly half the season still to come.

Saturday Scorecard https://norden.play-cricket.com/website/results/4549867

Saturday Highlights 1st XI v Lowerhouse Highlights

Friday night saw a trip to Scott Street to face Walsden in the t20 quarter-finals. Excellent bowling from Butterworth, Humphreys and Zaidi in particular restricted the home side to 163 for 6, with Joe Gale and Umesh Karunaratne both making half-centuries. Hashum Malik showed yet again why he is still such a destructive player, particularly in this format, with a rapid 36 from just 12 balls and this set the platform for a masterclass from Zaidi. His unbeaten 81 from 56 balls was made without breaking sweat and the Stags will head to Crompton for finals day on the 25th of July.

Friday Scorecard https://norden.play-cricket.com/website/results/4932798

Unfortunately, Norden’s hold on the LCFKO trophy came to an end on Sunday afternoon. A tough draw away to Ormskirk saw Norden once again bowling first and the hosts looked on course to post a sizeable first innings score when well set on 97 for 1 with 20 overs gone. The Stags battled hard, though, and dragged themselves back into the game. 16-year-old Jack Taylor was particularly impressive with figures of 3 for 34 from 8 overs and Ormskirk had to settle for 202 for 9 from their 45. With rain on the way, a DLS calculation looked inevitable at some stage but a disastrous flurry of early wickets meant that Norden were never going to be on the right side of it and when the heavens opened after 8.3 overs of the reply it was Ormskirk who deservedly took their place in the semi-finals.

Sunday Scorecard https://norden.play-cricket.com/website/results/4927136

The 2nds, again missing a number of players, had their game at Lowerhouse reduced to 25 overs-a-side. The home side looked to be falling short at 100 for 8 but an unbeaten 9th wicket partnership of 65 meant that the chase looked to be a tough one. Alfie Radcliffe bowled a superb spell on his debut, taking 4 for 26 for the Stags who fell 27 runs shy of their target despite a half-century from skipper Phil Docker and 40 from Spencer Allen

2nd XI Scorecard https://norden.play-cricket.com/website/results/4550339

Ormskirk CC – Visitors Guidance

We look forward to welcoming you to our club on Sunday 4 July. Please find below the specific plans and guidance we have in place to try and ensure all our players, spectators and volunteers remain safe, in line with the ECB’s Step 3 guidance:

Symptoms – Please remind all your players/spectators not to attend if they display any symptoms or are required to isolate. If symptoms develop during the game, then please follow published guidelines.

Track & trace – The Club is obliged to maintain a track and trace record of all persons visiting the Club. This will be done by use of QR code or a written register (kept for 21 days).

Parking – The entrance and exit to the car park are the same. It is not possible to organise a separate entrance and exit. Please bear this in mind when arriving/leaving.

Changing Rooms – These can now be used and your team will directed to the room/s available. Signage will indicate maximum capacity for each room and for use of the showers. All rooms will have been cleaned after last use. Windows and doors should be kept open when occupied to allow ventilation. Sanitiser will be available.

Kit – Whilst the game is progressing, players can leave their kit in the outdoor marquee or in the changing room/s allocated. Changing rooms may be locked when not occupied. The Club accepts no responsibility for any valuables that are left with kit or unattended.

Hand Sanitisation – Players must ensure they bring their own personal hand sanitiser for the game.

Bar – Our bar will be open and staff will be serving drinks for seated indoor and outdoor consumption in accordance with current Guidance and subject to capacity. Please do not approach the bar and follow any instructions given by staff.

Food – The Club caterer, Square Leg, will be open and offering food for seated indoor and outdoor consumption in accordance with current Guidance and also a takeaway service. You will be served at your table.

Spectators – Spectators are now permitted but we ask that spectators maintain social distancing and do not spectate from the outdoor hospitality area unless consuming food/drink purchased from the Club.

Hospitality – Food and drink can now be served inside and outside. You must be seated – NO SEAT NO SERVICE. Please remind all visitors coming from your Club to use OCC hospitality to observe the RULE OF 6/2 HOUSEHOLD RULE and to not touch the ball at any time. Patrons can park in the Club car park. Please remind them to bring their own supply of sanitiser.

Match Manager – the Club will appoint a Match Manager for your game. The Match Manager for your game will be Bill Rankin unless notified otherwise.

Inclement Weather – In the event of rain interruptions players and spectators can shelter under the balcony of the new build or return to their cars. The changing rooms will be available for players but we encourage them to continue to avoid doing so.

Conduct – Please ask all players and spectators to respect the above points and comply with our test and trace procedure. If anybody (from either side) does not comply with our guidance they may be asked to leave the club.

If you have any questions prior to your visit, please visit https://www.ormskirkcc.co.uk/covid-docs where you can find a copy of the Club’s Risk Assessments or contact the Club on: news@ormskirkcricketclub.com

Best Wishes

Dave Croft

Club Secretary

Stags Lose Grip on Top Spot

Defending champions Burnley came to Stag Park on Sunday and put in an excellent all-round performance to hand Norden their 3rd league defeat of the season and push them down to 3rd in the Lancashire League table. Hashum Malik elected to bat first but there was assistance for the bowlers from the outset and the home side struggled early on against the accurate medium-pace of Fergus Bailey and the off-spin of professional Ockert Erasmus. The hosts were unable to put a meaningful partnership together as wickets fell regularly throughout the innings. Greg Butterworth worked hard for his 44 only to be on the wrong end, not for the first time this season, of what seemed to be a pretty average L.B.W. decision as he appeared to get a big inside edge onto his pad but there was a rare failure for Ashar Zaidi as Erasmus found a thin edge through to the keeper. It looked like the Stags might struggle to post anything like a competitive score but Dom Humphreys showed the form that everyone knows he’s capable of with the bat and he took the fight back to Burnley. His half-century came at virtually a run-a-ball as he guided Norden past the 150 mark and up to 175 before being dismissed from the penultimate ball of the innings. Opinion on the boundary seemed split as to whether that would prove a challenging target but the Burnley openers, Mathew Roberts and Joe Marshall, got off to a solid start and added 50 for the first wicket before Butterworth got the breakthrough having Roberts caught at slip. Chris Holt joined Marshall and they moved the score up towards 100 but Humphreys returned for a second spell and removed both set batsmen in quick succession to give Norden a sniff. Unfortunately that didn’t last long as Erasmus and Chris Burton took the sting out of the situation before moving up a gear. There were plenty of confident appeals from the home bowlers but nothing went their way and an unbroken partnership of 75 led Burnley to a comfortable 7 wicket win with 7 overs to spare. Norden now sit 2 points behind joint leaders Walsden and Clitheroe and will have the opportunity to bounce back at home to Lowerhouse on Saturday.

1st XI Scorecard https://norden.play-cricket.com/website/results/4549861

1st XI Highlights https://youtu.be/AhoKD9s-dZk

There was better news on Friday night as Norden scraped through to the quarter-finals of the t20 competition. A comfortable home win against Bacup coupled with Littleborough’s tie at Haslingden meant that the Stags went through in 2nd place in their group and will travel to Walsden this coming Friday for the chance to reach finals day. Friday saw Josh Tolley, Zaidi and Lee Crabtree put in good performances with the bat as Norden set the visitors 187 to win and they never threatened to get close as all 5 of Norden’s bowlers got something in the wicket column to complete an 86 run victory.

T20 Scorecard https://norden.play-cricket.com/website/results/4545358

T20 Highlights https://youtu.be/LX9ZgWgQMjs

The 2nd and 3rd teams both suffered defeats on the road. The 2nds were soundly beaten at Burnley with the only real highlight in a 9 wicket defeat being a first 2nd XI wicket for promising young off-spinner Charlie Gooding. The 3rds were also bowled out cheaply at Clitheroe on Saturday despite good battling knocks from Gooding and fellow junior Joseph Golden. A remarkable opening spell of 5 for 4 from Matthew Findlow left the hosts in trouble but they were able to stumble over the line. The match marked Simon Wystawnoha’s final game as 3rd XI captain and the club would like to place on record their thanks for Simon’s hard work and commitment to a very difficult job at any club.

2nd XI Scorecard https://norden.play-cricket.com/website/results/4550330

3rd XI Scorecard https://norden.play-cricket.com/website/results/4789474

Annual General Meeting

The clubs AGM will take place on Thursday the 1st of July. The meeting will start at 19:45 and is open to all members

Any member wishing to request a copy of the accounts should e-mail sheila@nordenricketclub.co.uk

Ash Shows His Class

A superb weekend for Norden professional, Ashar Zaidi, kept the Stags on top of the Lancashire League table and put them into the semi-finals of the Worsley Cup for the first time. On Saturday he made his first century of the season to set up a total of 254 for 5 after winning the toss at Todmorden. After losing the top 3 cheaply, Zaidi found more than able support in the form of Lee Crabtree and the pair combined for a partnership of 127 with Crabtree making 55 before falling to Andrew Sutcliffe. His dismissal did not halt Zaidi’s progress though as the paid man struck 17 fours and 3 sixes in his knock of 138 not out from 140 deliveries. Todmorden were never really in the hunt and lost wickets regularly in reply. Zaidi picked up 4 for himself to cap a magnificent performance and there was one each for Humphreys, Waheed, Malik and Butterworth. The only downside for the visitors was that Todmorden’s last pair put on an unbeaten 42 to deny Norden the 2 bowling bonus points.

Saturday Scorecard https://norden.play-cricket.com/website/results/4549857

On Sunday Hashum Malik’s men made the short trip to Redbrook to face local rivals Rochdale in the quarter-final of the Worsley Cup. Rochdale elected to bat first but lost James Maurice-Scott, who had struck a century at Stag Park earlier in the season, early to Dom Humphreys. Andrew Dawson was joined by home professional Sean Whitehead and they put on 80 for the 2nd wicket, but at a pace that suggested Rochdale were looking to post a score of around 200 rather than set their sights higher. Dawson went on to a half-century before becoming one of Zaidi’s 3 wickets and Norden managed to halt any acceleration with tight bowling from all 5 bowlers used and some excellent fielding, including a direct hit from the boundary by Butterworth to run out Jack Duffy. Rochdale closed on 198 for 7, certainly enough to be competitive on a large ground, but no more than that. As it turned out, it was nowhere near enough as, despite Aaron Brown picking up Harvey Fitton and Butterworth in quick succession, Josh Tolley continued his fine recent form and Zaidi joined him to put on a century stand and have the Stags well ahead of the rate at all times. Crabtree and Zaidi saw Norden over the line with more than 10 overs to spare for a comprehensive 7 wicket win. Zaidi finished unbeaten on 88 to take his weekend tally to 226 runs without being dismissed. Norden will host Clitheroe in the semi-finals with the winners to stage the final.

Sunday Scorecard https://norden.play-cricket.com/website/results/4919528

The 2nds had a narrow victory against Todmorden on Saturday. It was a struggle for the Stags batting first as the two Todmorden spinners, Stuart Priestley and Hamza Ali, combined for 5 for 59 from their 24 permitted overs. James O’Neill and Phil Docker were in recovery mode when they came together at 86 for 6 and they were able to see off the remaining overs of spin to allow Chris Hartley to come in against the returning seamers and hit a quickfire 27* to get Norden up to 160 for 7 from their 45. Hartley then removed both visiting openers in between a 13 ball over and pulling his hamstring, and Mo Munawar picked up 4 wickets to leave Tod languishing on 70 for 7. Some aggressive hitting from Kai Abbas made things interesting but Dean Lord found the bowling rhythm he has been searching for this season to take 2 wickets, including that of Abbas, and Melbourne Austin finished the job to give Norden the maximum 12 points and keep them in the hunt near the top of the Division 1 table.

2nds Scorecard https://norden.play-cricket.com/website/results/4550327

2nds Highlights 2nd XI vs Todmorden Highlights

Malik Holds Nerve to Finish the Perfect Weekend

Usama Malik produced a superb final over under pressure to send holders Norden through to the last 8 of the LCFKO Cup on Sunday evening and complete a fantastic weekend for the club, which also saw them return to the top of the Lancashire League division 1 table. Visitors Denton St. Lawrence looked to have timed their run chase perfectly when Ben Tighe took 14 runs from the first 5 balls of Greg Butterworth’s penultimate over to the short legside boundary but when Tighe hit a low full toss straight to Harvey Fitton at long-on off the final ball of that over it gave Norden a chance. A run-a-ball was required from the final 6 deliveries but Denton were down to their final wicket. 3 singles to start were followed by 2 dots as Malik mixed his pace and the final ball produced a swing and a miss, half an appeal for caught behind and a huge cheer from the crowd.

Norden’s innings started badly when Fitton was bowled by Scott Kirwin but Josh Tolley and Butterworth both looked in good touch and moved the score along nicely until Tolley was caught behind. Ash Zaidi joined Butterworth and at 100 for 2 at the half-way stage, Norden looked set for a total well in excess of 200. However, both set batsmen fell either side of drinks and it was left to the middle-order to get the home side to a competitive score. Hashum Malik, Lee Crabtree and Dom Humphreys all made it into the 20’s but Tighe removed all 3 on his way to 5 for 50 from his 9 overs and the final total of 196 for 9 felt a little below-par on a good pitch. Malik got Norden off to the perfect start by having skipper Adam Hawley caught by Crabtree off the first ball of the reply and things were looking good for the home side when they got the 2 big wickets of Kirwin and professional Neil Hornbuckle, bowled by a beauty from Zaidi, before the score had reached 50. Opener Matt Sonczak holed out to deep midwicket and Butterworth bowled Dan Moriarty round his legs to leave Denton struggling on 78 for 5 but Norden, with only 4 established and fit 1st team bowlers in the side, had to find some overs from somewhere and Liam Parkinson was able to take advantage, hitting 27 off 2 overs from Dean Lord. Skipper Hashum Malik had no choice but to return to his main bowlers and Parkinson moved to an excellent half-century, but Sami Waheed returned to bowl a superb spell and picked up 2 wickets, including Parkinson, to finish with 3 for 25. The game looked over at 146 for 8 but then a game of cat and mouse ensued with Tighe and Ethan Illingworth knowing that if they took the game deep they would have 3 overs to face from the 5th/6th bowling option. They did just that but Malik showed skill and nerve to bowl those 3 overs for just 14 runs and give the home side the victory. Norden will travel to Ormskirk in the quarter-final.  
Sunday Scorecard https://norden.play-cricket.com/website/results/4916331
Sunday Highlights https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Rqh_Y-6TZU&list=PL6059uKkjg6zP0UMAW1179G30BnfgDpHX&index=1&t=1164s

Saturday saw then league leaders and rivals Walsden make the trip to Stag Park. The visitors won a good toss and batted first but Norden’s bowlers chipped away at Walsden’s powerful batting line-up, taking wickets at good times and keeping the run-rate under control. Professional Umesh Karunaratne was the mainstay of the innings, making 66, but the hosts were understandably aggrieved that he wasn’t given run-out on 27 after good work at backward point from Dom Humphreys. Matt Dawson provided good support but it was only when Joe Gale joined Karunaratne that things threatened to get out of hand for the Stags. Gale is a powerful striker of the ball and he hit 2 sixes and 3 fours in a quick-fire 37 before mis-timing a drive off Sami Waheed and finding Pimm in the deep. Waheed was rewarded with 4 wickets after sticking to his task admirably after a difficult start and his bowling at the death, alongside the ever-reliable Zaidi and Butterworth, meant that the target to chase remained well within reach at 223. Tolley and Fitton got off to a flyer and when Fitton was bowled by Karunaratne there were already 76 on the board in under 10 overs. Butterworth was the victim of a very poor L.B.W. decision and had Martin Harlow been able to cling on to a catch at deep-midwicket off Zaidi when he was on just 4, things could have looked a little dicey but Tolley was still going well at the other end and his partnership of 93 with Zaidi made for a pretty comfortable chase. Tolley finally went for a splendid 79 and Zaidi remained unbeaten on 88 as the Stags cruised home with 6 wickets and 3 and a half overs remaining. Credit should go to the umpires for remaining strong in the face of some extremely vociferous appeals and the richly deserved win means Norden hold a 4-point lead at the top of the table.
Saturday Scorecard https://norden.play-cricket.com/website/results/4549849
Saturday Highlights https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcPwoGvX9i0&list=PL6059uKkjg6zP0UMAW1179G30BnfgDpHX&index=2&t=2s

There was also a t20 win on Friday night as Zaidi and Fitton guided Norden home with an over to spare chasing Todmorden’s 141 all out. Butterworth took 4 for 12 and Waheed 3 for 22 whilst visiting professional Murasingh hit 63 for Tod but Tolley and Hashum Malik put on a rapid 66 for the opening wicket allowing Zaidi to play within himself and put the Stags into the qualifying places in the Manchester Craft division with 2 games to go. Friday Scorecard https://norden.play-cricket.com/website/results/4545372
Friday Highlights https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qSvUbKeIu4&list=PL6059uKkjg6zP0UMAW1179G30BnfgDpHX&index=3

The 2nds had a nail-biting win at Scott Street on Saturday after a late Walsden collapse meant they fell 22 runs short of their target of 260. Danny Devine, Jack Harrison and Zeshan Anwar made good contributions up top without going on to make a big score but the man in form, Dean Lord, struck an unbeaten run-a-ball 67 to follow up from his century the week before and James O’Neill added 41 to leave Norden big favourites at the break. When Oli Holt got the big wicket of Jon Lord with 123 still required, it looked good for Phil Docker’s men but a partnership of 86 between Chris Lord and big-hitting Junaid Khan took Walsden to within touching distance. Mo Waheed castled Khan to start the collapse and he and Melbourne Austin took the final 6 wickets between them for just 14 runs to spark wild celebrations in the Norden ranks.
2nds Scorecard https://norden.play-cricket.com/website/results/4550323

Stags fall just short at Glebe Street.

After a week of warm weather, all eyes were on the toss at Glebe street on what looked like a very good pitch for batting.  Unfortunately for the stags, Hashum Malik called incorrectly and Crompton skipper Mohammed Jamal took the first opportunity to bat.

Norden started well with the ball with both Dom Humphreys and Sami Waheed regularly beating the bat and it was the latter who drew first blood removing the advancing Sam Rigbys off stump. Denis Louis joined Stephen Wright at the crease but just as the partnership was building, it was Waheed again who struck having Wright caught behind.  Louis fell shorty after, LBW to Hartley, a decision he showed his displeasure at.  This brought both Captain Jamal and Professional Imran Khalid to the crease.  A long period of risk free, sensible batting saw both bring up their individual half centuries along with a hundred run partnership. 

After both Greg Butterworth and Asher Zaidi has provided some tight overs of spin, Jamal tried to go big but was caught by Dom Humphreys on the boundary.  Pro Khalid was then run out superbly by a Tolley direct hit and wickets began to crumble to Zaidi and Butterworth.   The Stags sensed they could bowl Crompton out for a total below par but with a late rally from an injured Aqib Zulifqar, Crompton were bowled out for 206.  The last wicket providing a catch of the season contender after Harvey Fitton misjudged a catch on the square leg boundary.  He chased back and caught it one handed, akin to the famous Ben Stokes catch for England.

Norden’s reply couldn’t have got off to a wores start, losing Tolley LBW, Fitton caught behind and Asher Zaidi caught in the slips.  The Stags were in trouble at 18-3.  One man who refused to be beaten was Greg Butterworth and he led the counter attack with some lovely stroke play.  Him and Lee Crabtree begun the rebuild and saw Norden advance to 76, before Zuhaib knocked back Crabtrees stumps.  Dom Humphreys grafted with the now fluent Butterworth but found the hands of Louis at first slip for 2.

Young Spencer Allen joined Butterworth at the crease and showed maturity to begin Nordens fightback.  He batted sensibly and supported Butterworth taking the score past 3 figures.  Greg Butterworth reached his fifty and begun to attack.  The pair took the score past 150 and Norden looked in the game.  After a period of tight bowling and with overs running out, Allen was out LBW for 32, ending a 67 run partnership.  Captain Malik came and went which brought Sami Waheed to the crease.  At this point, Norden needed 35 off the last 4 overs.  Norden kept pushing but Butterworths terrific innings came to an end in the penultimate over, out stumped for a wonderful 88. Unfortunately it proved in vain as despite a late flurry from Jack Harrison and Sami Waheed, the stags fell 7 short after the former was caught with 2 balls left.

Norden pick up 7 points on the road, but they’ll feel the game should have been won. Scorecard : https://norden.play-cricket.com/website/results/4549843

The 2nds got back to winning ways with a comprehensive victory at Stag Park. The star of the show was Dean Lord who struck his first century for the club and he was ably supported by Zeshan Anwar’s 67 and Usama Malik’s 5 for 34. Lord wasn’t fluent at the start of his knock after coming in at 61 for 4 but Anwar was playing beautifully at the other end, allowing him time to get in, and once he got going the Crompton bowlers were dispatched to all parts of the ground with regularity. Sitting on 81 with just 2 overs of the innings remaining, it looked unlikely Lord would reach the magical 3 figures but with the small legside boundary in his sights he launched into a brutal assault on Lucas Devine, taking just 4 more deliveries to bring up his 100 from 94 balls. 29 came from that over in total and Norden finished on an imposing 276 for 7 from their 45 overs. Lord remained unbeaten on 110*. Malik cleaned up both of Crompton’s openers and there were wickets too for Mo Munawar and Matt Findlow as the visitors struggled in reply. The only frustration for the Stags was that they were unable to pick up the final wicket to secure maximum points, although a victory margin of 132 runs should surely be deserving of a full quota.

2nd XI Scorecard https://norden.play-cricket.com/website/results/4550315

2nd XI Highlights https://youtu.be/BwO5Wyj1oTc

The 3rd team almost managed to snatch a victory from the jaws of defeat on Saturday but Crompton ultimately left Stag Park with the win after scrambling over the line with a couple of overs remaining. Mohammad Omar and Mo Waheed both made 34 as Norden posted 157 for 8 from their 40 overs. A second wicket partnership of 127 between Mason Everton and Jozef Kobyra looked to have led the visitors to a comfortable chase but a flurry of wickets meant there were unexpected late nerves before Lucas Devine just managed to clear mid-on to hit the winning boundary. Mo Munawar took 3 for 14 and skipper Simon Wystawnoha 2 for 2 and he must have been left wondering what might have been had he introduced himself into the attack sooner. 

3rd XI Scorecard https://norden.play-cricket.com/website/results/4789468

3rd XI Highlights https://youtu.be/jnh62t1fb44

Bowlers Have Fun in the Sun

With the sun shining, it finally started to feel like summer at Stag Park over the weekend and the Norden bowlers put in two excellent performances to send the 1st XI through to the quarter-finals of the Worsley Cup and consolidate their position just one point behind leaders Walsden in the league. Middleton were the visitors on Saturday and having elected to bowl first, it took Dom Humphreys just 2 legitimate deliveries to get the Norden ball rolling when he cleaned up Keelan Shipley with a fantastic seaming delivery. Humphreys was in good rhythm and found consistent movement off the pitch to trouble all of the visiting top order. George Walker chipped tamely to midwicket to give Humphreys a second and after beating the bat on several occasions he found the edge of visiting professional James Price’s bat and had him caught low down by Crabtree behind the stumps. Price seemed convinced the ball had not carried but the umpires disagreed and the danger man had to depart. Humphreys went on to complete his 5 for with the wickets of Le Carpentier and Shahid, his figures of 5 for 16 off ten overs representing his best for the club and leaving the visitors in big trouble at 46 for 5. Ammar Malik battled hard for Middleton but after such a poor start there was unlikely to be a recovery against the spin of Zaidi and Butterworth and after they picked up a wicket apiece, Sami Waheed returned to finish off the tail with the final three wickets. With just 81 to chase, Josh Tolley and Hashum Malik wasted no time in getting the job done and a 10 wicket victory was wrapped up inside 14 overs. Norden will travel to Redbrook to take on local rivals Rochdale in the quarter-final on the 26th June.

Saturday scorecard https://norden.play-cricket.com/website/results/4905223

Saturday highlights 1st XI v Middleton Worsley Cup Round 2 Highlights 29/5/21

It was a similar story on Sunday when Ramsbottom made the short journey over the tops. It took Humphreys and his latest new ball partner, Chris Hartley, a couple of overs to hit their straps but once they did, they made quick inroads into the visiting batting lineup. Harry Caton was snapped up in the gully off Humphreys and Hartley had Simon Hanson and Brad Fielding trapped in front. The spin twins then took over and Zaidi had Kieren Grimshaw caught behind before Butterworth removed Rammy professional Daryn Smit for just 12. From there the innings went nowhere and at one point there were 27 consecutive balls without a run being scored. Daniel Pyke did manage to occasionally cut loose but he could not find any support and Zaidi continued to pick up wickets, finishing with 5 for 25. Ramsbottom did manage to creep past Middleton’s score from the previous day but 86 all out was well short of a par score. The chase was a little trickier than Saturday’s with Smit’s leg-spin causing problems, albeit more with his drag downs than his well-pitched deliveries. The cool head of Zaidi ensured it was nothing more than a minor scare, though, and another early finish came in the 26th over.

Sunday scorecard https://norden.play-cricket.com/website/results/4549838

Sunday highlights 1st XI vs Ramsbottom 1st XI Highlights 30/5/21

The t20 competition got underway on Friday night and Norden returned empty handed from their trip to Crompton. The hosts posted 154 for 7 from their 20 overs with Zaidi taking 3 for 31 and Butterworth 2 for 25 for the Stags. In reply Norden fell 22 runs short with only Zaidi, who made an unbeaten 73, making a contribution of note. The chance to bounce back will come at Haslingden on Friday.

The 2nd XI had a disappointing weekend, suffering two defeats on the road. Saturday saw their Junior Cup hopes come to an end at Colne with a 52 run defeat. Jack Taylor took 5 for 27 and Chris Hartley 3 for 30 in Colne’s total of 202 all out which included 50 extras. The chase never got going and despite Melbourne Austin’s 47 Norden were bowled out for 150 in the 37th over. Sunday turned out not to be a good day to lose the toss as Ramsbottom openers Alex Olpin and Nick Round put on a remarkable stand of 237 which was only broken on the final ball of the innings. Again, the wickets fell too regularly for Norden in reply and they picked up just one bonus point in losing by 49 runs. James O’Neill’s 48 was the highlight of the Norden innings.

Saturday scorecard https://norden.play-cricket.com/website/results/4905231

Sunday scorecard https://norden.play-cricket.com/website/results/4550309

This weekend’s fixtures: Saturday – 3rd XI vs Crompton (H)

                                            Sunday – 1st XI vs Crompton (A)

                                                             2nd XI vs Crompton (H)

NORDEN CRICKET CLUB IS EXTREMELY SAD TO REPORT THE PASSING OF COLIN MASSEY

We are shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Colin Massey. Colin was a devoted and popular member of Norden Cricket Club serving on the general committee for 10 years.

Colin loved a pint of Lees bitter and to watch sport particularly his beloved Manchester Utd, a chat and laugh with Colin whilst in the club was almost a guarantee and will be missed by us all. Our thoughts and condolences are with Colin’s family and wife Margaret at this difficult time.

There will be a minutes silence observed in Colin’s memory at 12:55 before the start of 1st XI game vs Middleton.

Tolley Heroics Complete Perfect Weekend

It certainly wasn’t cricket weather and it probably wasn’t what the Stag Park faithful thought they would be watching early on Sunday evening but the sight of Josh Tolley, in a cap, bowling two perfectly pitched and deadly straight deliveries to hit the stumps brought cheers from those watching at the ground and online and helped send Norden through to the 2nd round of the LCBKO trophy. From 2-0 down in the bowl out, Tolley tied the scores with his two hits and Greg Butterworth finished the job after the match against Northern Premier League side Blackpool had to be abandoned half-way through.

Tolley had also shone during the one innings that was played before the rain arrived. His 87 anchored the Norden innings and a century stand with pro Zaidi, who made 49, meant the home side were able to reach 203 for 5 from their 45 overs on a pitch that was difficult to bat on. Lessons had been learnt from the previous week’s showing and this was an intelligent batting display leading to a total that looked to have put Norden in a good position at half-way. Unfortunately, the weather had looked like it would be a problem from the outset and that turned out to be the case. With no hope of a resumption, a bowl out was agreed upon before it became too wet even for that and it did not look good for Norden after Dom Humphreys, Zaidi and Sami Waheed had all failed to hit the stumps. Tolley, though, had not finished his good work for the day and the holders will now host Denton St. Lawrence in round two.
1st XI LCF knockout scorecard : https://norden.play-cricket.com/website/results/4586887
1st XI LCF Knockout highlights : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzN1bee5DtE

The weekend started with two good wins for the 1st and 2nd XIs against Colne in the league on Saturday. The 1sts made the away trip and bowled the home side out for 89 despite them reaching 50 without loss. Zaidi started the collapse and he was joined in the wickets by Butterworth, Humphreys and 1st XI debutant, Usama Malik. Humphreys bowled 15 overs unchanged and picked up 2 for 28, including substitute professional Richard Levi, and the left arm spin duo combined for 7 wickets before Malik completed the job. Tolley with 34* and Zaidi with 30 made sure the chase was never in doubt and the 7 wicket win was wrapped up inside 22 overs.
1st XI League scorecard : https://norden.play-cricket.com/website/results/4549830

The 2nds were asked to bat first at Stag Park and were up against some excellent new ball bowling from Matt Clark. Openers Devine and Anwar were prepared to graft, though, and the middle order were able to benefit from their patience against some much weaker change bowling. Dean Lord was at his belligerent best on his way to 69 in 53 balls including 5 sixes and Spencer Allen continued his excellent form with his second consecutive unbeaten half century. The icing on the cake was provided by Chris Hartley who was promoted to number 6 and bludgeoned his way to a first senior 50 from 40 balls. The 228 for 4 posted looked formidable and so it proved with Mo Munawar and Steve Colmer both providing early breakthroughs and Munawar continuing to rip through the Colne batting lineup on his way to 6 for 17. The 178 run victory bodes well for the 2nd round Junior Cup tie against the same opposition next week. 
2nd XI League scorecard : https://norden.play-cricket.com/website/results/4550304
2nd XI League highlights : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPHbb_5ErdE