LOWERHOUSE seconds endured a miserable day with the bat as they were comfortably beaten by Haslingden.
The relief of keeping the Haslingden score down to just over 200 did not last long as wickets tumbled regularly, leaving Lowerhouse 93 all out.
Earlier in the day it appeared that Haslingden would record 300, but the return of Mickey Lee (2-32) to active cricket and Jack Edgar’s (5-51) second spell clawed the game back.
Unfortunately the batsmen had no answer to Haslingden.
The thirds fared a little better in their game against East Lancashire, but still went on to lose after being bowled out for 191, chasing down 202.
Once again the management went home happy despite a defeat with the spirited way in which this largely Under 15 team went about the match.
Against a team with a much higher average age, the boys stuck to the task in the field with James Ridehalgh taking two good catches at mid-wicket.
The bowlers toiled in searing heat with Joe Gray most successful.
Young Jimmy shared in a 65 opening stand with Ben Gorton, and helped take the team to within reach, before inexperience saw Norcross run out.
Woodall restored hope with some well-timed strokes to all corners of the ground but ran out of partners.
Lowerhouse Under 15s batted first in their 20-over game against Ramsbottom.
Harry Spark scored a maiden 50 for the club as they posted 156-3. Ramsbottom’s reply was 153-6.
The first competitive match for the Under 15s 3rds saw them take on Longridge Under 15s 2. Debutants MacAdam and Zaman got off to a good start although the others in the team will know that they will face much stiffer tests. Joe Halstead and Jack Moodie from the 13s also distinguished themselves as the Barracudas finished on 132-1, before bowling out Longridge for 62.
Lowerhouse Under 13s Panthers bowled out Burnley Under 13s for 64 before making 65-8 in reply.
Their bowling wasn’t as effective against Ramsbottom Under 13s though who made 119-7 batting first. The Panthers only six wickets in their innings but fell 11 runs short.
Lowerhouse Under 13s Lions registered a comprehensive victory over Nelson Under 13s after smashing 291-3. Nelson could only manage 218 when they came to the crease.
The Under 13s Tigers were in similar form with the bat, hitting 234-5 against Lowerhouse Under 13s Cougars who made 218-7.
It was the same story when the teams met again, the Tigers smashing 309-2 as the Cougars came up short on 244-5.
A solid 266-4 for Lowerhouse Under 11s Bears was enough to see them to victory over East Lancs whose reply came up short on 229-6.
A fluent 21 from Aman Singh helped Lowerhouse Under 9s to a comfortable eight wicket win over Rishton Under 9s.