Leaders Lowerhouse lose out to the rain

LAYING THE FOUNDATIONS: Johnny Whitehead in action against Haslingden on Sunday

LAYING THE FOUNDATIONS: Johnny Whitehead in action against Haslingden on Sunday

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THE British summer weather was the winner as Lowerhouse’s home clash with Haslingden was washed out.

The rain that started to fall at 5 p.m. with Haslingden having just begun their run chase of 178 for victory.

Haslingden won the toss and asked Lowerhouse to bat in sunny and warm conditions, but on a damp wicket that was always going to be tricky for batting.

Lowerhouse began their innings patiently, but the openers Ben Heap and Johnny Whitehead overcame the early pace and movement of Harry Boam and Jack Sudworth to provide the platform for the later batsmen to prosper.

Professional Francois Haasbroek batted well, but the introduction of Joe Hawke provided the innings with the required stimulus, hitting Gary Sudworth for 26 runs in one over.

Jonathan Finch passed 4,500 Lancashire League runs when he reached 12.

Lowerhouse would have been more than happy with their interval score, with the prospect of Haasbroek, Finch, Hawke and Fergus Bailey to exploit the conditions.

It was not to be, as the game produced the only no result of the Lancashire League programme to provide both teams with three points each.

Meanwhile, Friday night’s Twenty20 clash against Todmorden was rained off.

The Group C game went instead to a bowl out, and the West Enders prevailed 4-2, though Todmorden top the group by three points.

This weekend, Lowerhouse are at Todmorden in the league on Sunday, with the rearranged Fosters Worsley Cup nsecond round tie held on Saturday at Liverpool Road.