Heap named as Padiham pro as Read finish fourth

Ben Heap
Ben Heap

Padiham have announced the signing of Lowerhouse vice captain Ben Heap as their professional for the 2015 season.

Heap has scored almost 4,000 runs in all competitions for the West Enders, helping the club win two Worsley Cups, four Lancashire League titles and a 20/20 Cup.

He has over 2,000 runs in the last four seasons alone, and was the club’s top amateur batsman in this year’s title-winning side, repeating his feat from 2011.

Man of the match in the 2012 Worsley Cup Final win over Church in 2012, and 20/20 Cup Final the following year, he was at the crease with uncle Chris Bleazard when Lowerhouise won their first senior silverware, the 2004 Worsley Cup, beating Haslingden at Liverpool Road.

Heap has particularly enjoyed playing in the Worsley Cup, scoring over 350 runs in his last 10 innings in the competition, while he was the leading wicket taker in the 20/20 last season.

A Lowerhouse statement said: “Ben leaves Lowerhouse with our best wishes having contributed massively to our recent successes.”

Padiham finished fifth in section B this season.

Meanwhile, with Padiham’s season coming to an end ther previous weekend, Read wrapped up their Houldsworth Solicitors Ribblesdale League section A campaign on Saturday.

Kyle O’Connor’s side sealed a seventh-successive fourth place finish, as they played out the only senior league tie of the season at Whalley Road against Oswaldtwistle Immanuel.

Mark Groom was last man out - bowled by Brandon Scullard for three, after Oliver Clare’s 81 threatened to tip the match in favour of Ossie, after being set 182 for victory.

Scullard, who earlier top scored with 49 in Read’s 181-8, took two wickets, with Jon Harvey claiming 4-37.

Andreas Sudnik had taken 5-61 for Immanuel.

The points were sufficient for Read to hold off the challenge of Baxenden for fourth place, as they lost by 40 runs to Whalley, who finished fifth.