Lowerhouse slip to surprise defeat

Chris Bleazard

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LEAGUE leaders Lowerhouse lost their top versus bottom clash at Rishton by one run on Sunday.

On paper this was an away win banker, but in sport nothing is so straightforward.

Perhaps Lowerhouse arrived at the ground thinking that was all they had to do, as from the very start of the match, bowling first, the bowlers were wayward, and the side generally quiet and lethargic in the field.

Rishton raced to 69 before losing a wicket, at five runs per over.

Despite losing wickets steadily from this point, opener Abdul Bisoodwall was having one of those days where edges didn’t carry, the ball speeding in the opposite direction to the intended destination.

Lowerhouse began to gain more control through Johnny Russell and Fergus Bailey, before a run out and Francois Haasbroek wrapped up the innings.

The feeling at the interval was that Lowerhouse should have been chasing 123 rather than 173 - 28 extras, including 17 wides, didn’t help, but served to emphasise the below-par bowling performance.

Lowerhouse lost early wickets and scored at not much more than two runs per over.

They were steadily digging a hole for themselves with the overs ticking by and the run rate increasing, from which a brilliant, belligerent innings from Chris Bleazard, that included four fours and six sixes extracted the team from.

When Bleazard was stumped for 58, Lowerhouse needed 22 runs from eight overs, with Haasbroek still at the wicket and Lowerhouse firm favourites again.

Lowerhouse managed to jump back in the hole, as they proceeded to lose four wickets for the addition of 20 runs.

Lowerhouse must now re-group for the double header at home to Church on Saturday and at Colne on Sunday.