Lowerhouse beat Accrington to stay in hunt

Anthony Farran 12.07.2015 Lowerhouse CC v Burnley CC, Worsley Cup semi-final played at Lowerhouse CC, Pictured; Lowerhouse Batter Matt Walker.

Anthony Farran 12.07.2015 Lowerhouse CC v Burnley CC, Worsley Cup semi-final played at Lowerhouse CC, Pictured; Lowerhouse Batter Matt Walker.

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Lowerhouse missed out on a Twenty20 Final date with Burnley, but stayed in the hunt for the Lancashire League title.

On Friday night, the West Enders went down by 36 runs at home to Rawtenstall in the Twenty20 competition, before recording a four-wicket win at Accrington in the league on Sunday, leaving them third, 26 points behind leader Burnley.

In the league, Accrington won the toss and elected to bat, scoring 168-4.

Home professional Ockert Erasmus was the backbone of the innings with an unbeaten 68 off 107 balls, including six fours and a six.

He shared an unbroken fifth wicket stand worth 105 with Stuart Crabtree after Accrington had been reduced to 55-3.

Crabtree made 41 not out, while Matt Wilson added 33.

Lowerhouse had similar troubles in reply, as they fell to 50-4, with Jimmy Hayhurst (3-33) seeing off Jonny Whitehead (10), professional Cobus Pienaar (11) and Joe Halstead.

Jacob Clarke also sent back Fergus Bailey (11), but Matt Walker rescued the situation with an unbeaten 89 – his best-ever knock.

Walker hit 11 fours and two sixes, putting on 111 for the fifth wicket with Paddy Martin, who made 24.

On Friday night, Rawtenstall had first knock at the Neville Gee Recruitment Ground, and openers Joe McCluskie and Chris Cook-Martin led the visitors to 84 for the first wicket, before the latter was out to a return catch off Fergus Bailey for 53.

McCluskie went on to make 28 before falling to Declan Bailey at 111.

Sub professional Daniel Salpietro added 32 before being out lbw to Pienaar at 127, and Rawtenstall closed on 163-4.

However, Daniel Whittle took 5-18 as Lowerhouse were restricted to 127-9.

Whitehead biffed 20 off the second over, going on to make 41 before being second man out.

Chris Bleazard added 31, but three wickets fell with the score on 111, and left Lowerhouse with a mountain to climb.

Lowerhouse host Ramsbottom on Saturday.