Lowerhouse march on!

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LOWERHOUSE march on in league and cup after disposing of Haslingden and Accrington over the weekend.

On Sunday, the West Enders maintained their 100% start to the season as they won a hard-fought encounter at Bentgate, by three wickets with 11 balls to spare.

Haslingden won the toss and batted in sweltering heat making a solid start against Francois Haasbroek and Fergus Bailey.

Bailey was the more economical of the opening pair and brilliantly dismissed Haslingden professional Harry Boam with a return catch.

Graham Knowles dropped anchor and was obviously intent on batting throughout the innings as Mo Intiaz played the more aggressive role before he was dismissed for 39.

At 105-2 with 23 overs remaining, Haslingden looked set for a 200-plus score, but Joe Hawke, despite a shin injury, and Joe Beneduce struck decisive blows to slow the scoring rate and keep the Haslingden total to a more manageable level.

Haasbroek returned for a final spell to close the innings and finish with 4-48.

In reply, Lowerhouse were set back as first as Johnny Whitehead and Ben Heap were dismissed cheaply by Jack Sudworth, who was proving to be an effective foil for Boam.

At 38-3, Joe Martin and Haasbroek began to repair the early damage.

Chris Bleazard showed his class to carry on the good work before being bowled for 32.

At this stage Lowerhouse were back in control as first Charlie Cottam and then Matty Walker saw the visitors home.

The previous day, Lowerhouse reached the third round of the Lancashire Cricket Board Cup with a comfortable 64-run win at Accrington.

Batting first, Lowerhouse dominated the Accrington bowling throughout their innings with excellent batting performances from Francois Haasbroek and Paddy Martin in particular.

Haasbroek was particularly severe on Hayhurst and Clarke with Martin content to knock the ball around with ease accelerating impressively in the closing overs.

Accrington were never really in the game and when Accrington professional Ashar Zaidi lost his wicket to an loose stroke there was only one comfortable winner.

Paddy Martin was easily man of the match with three wickets and a superb run out to add to his quality innings.

On Sunday Lowerhouse are at Ramsbottom, and the following day they entertain Burnley in the first league derby of the campaign.