Lowerhouse seconds lose derby

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LOWERHOUSE seconds fell to a six-wicket defeat against Nelson.

The West Enders were all out for 132, as Joe Beneduce made 43, Dec Bailey 27, Ben Gorton 19 not out and Kieran Tighe 11.

This was not the best of performances, though it has to be said that after the first four batsmen were trapped by balls shooting along at ankle height, the seeds of doubt were well and truly sown.

Only the four scoring batsmen looked more comfortable.

A last wicket stand of 40 from Tighe and Gorton was a good effort but did indicate that the wicket was becoming easier.

This proved to be the case as the Lowerhouse bowlers became less effective and Nelson won by six wickets, with Jack Edgar taking 3-20.

Lowerhouse thirds triumphed in a nail-biting match against Todmorden thanks to a dogged batting display, followed by a top fielding performance.

On a sticky track, the youngsters batted with patience in the early order to allow the late middle order to play their shots and set a defendable total of 135-9, as 44 runs came in the last seven overs.

Max Humberstone made 36, Corey Hope 19 and Ben Gorton 11.

In contrast to their Todmorden counterparts, Lowerhouse held on to some good catches, most notably Matt Locke with a diving top corner catch at mid-off, and Jamie Woodall with a steepler at deep square.

All the bowlers kept it tight and the pressure proved too much for the last Todmorden pair who went for a suicidal single to present the lads with a win by six runs, as Humberstone took 2-25.

Lowerhouse Under 15s progressed into the semi-final of the cup after victory over Rishton.

The side batted around Ben Gorton, who recorded a second successive unbeaten cup 50.

The team will play East Lancashire in the semis.

For the second successive match, the Under 13s Panthers failed to put a big enough score on the board.

Probably another 10 runs would have sealed the game but despite a good bowling performance and a top catch from Jack Moodie, the game slipped away to the Todmorden team who were prepared to hit through the ball on a soft track.

Unfortunately three of the club’s Under 13s teams are in the same division this season, but familiarity did not lead to a lack of competition, with the second team only overcoming the fourth team in the last over

The Under 11s Bears won one game against Charnock Richard but lost two matches to hosts Euxton and Chorley in a tournament on Bank Holiday Monday.

The Bears were unable to match batting, bowling and fielding up in any game and one discipline always let the lads down.

Rowan Greenwood was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, and he also scored 23 not out, with Ben Woodall top scoring with 30.

Lowerhouse fielded their youngest-ever Under 9s team with four seven-year-oldd, and losing only two wickets was some achievement. The bowling was equally good but victory only came off the final ball when needing one to win, Clitheroe went for a run and Dec Metcalfe threw the wicket down.