Lowerhouse’s hopes hit by defeat at Dill Hall Lane

Matt Walker
Matt Walker

Champions Lowerhouse fell 25 points behind leaders Burnley after a 70-run defeat at Enfield on Saturday.

The hosts won the toss and elected to bat with the threat of rain, and totalled 202-8, as skipper Adam Bracewell made 80.

Matt Walker took 5-37 for the West Enders, ultimately in vain, having started in superb fashion, sending openers Liam Bedford (0) and Greg Jones (7) back, as well as professional Graeme van Buuren without score, as Enfield were reduced to 37-3.

However, Bracewell rescued the situation for the Accrington side, hitting eight fours and four sixes as he amassed 80 off 97 balls before being sixth man out at 115.

Tiarnan Hamill (27 not out) and Joe Wrigley added 69 for the eighth wicket to see Enfield to 202-8.

Walker’s five-wicket haul was then matched by home paid man van Buren, who took 5-34 as Lowerhouse were dismissed for 132.

Fergus Bailey (26) and Jonny Whitehead (20) put on 41 for the first wicket in reply, before both being out to van Buuren.

Liam Jackson sent back substitute professional Rob Nicol for six, and when captain Charlie Cottam followed for 16, Walker backed up his efforts with the ball with the bat, making 37 before being run out.

Joe Martin finished on 13 not out as Lowerhouse fell short.

Then on Sunday, the House – without a professional – were knocked out of the LCB Cup by Northern Premier League champions Blackpool at Stanley Park.

Jamie Thomson took the first five Lowerhouse wickets for just 22 runs, leaving the West Enders in trouble at 47-5 – of which Whitehead made 21.

Walker again top scored with 37, as Lowerhouse were all out for 100.

In reply, Matthew Houston hit 45 not out and Joshua Boyne added 26 as Blackpool eased home with eight wickets in hand, in the 19th over.

Friday night, however, saw Lowerhouse beat Haslingden in the Twenty20 competition by 60 runs.

Whitehead hit 61 and Paddy Martin 26 not out as the locals made 124-7, before Fergus Bailey took 3-17 and Walker 2-4 to dismiss the hosts for 64.