Lowerhouse stalwart Bleazard has no plans on retiring from the Lancashire League yet!

Chris Bleazard
Chris Bleazard

It depends whether you’re a glass half empty or a glass half full kind of person when analysing Lowerhouse’s success this term.

A pessimist would see that the club has surrendered two trophies with the loss of the Lancashire League championship silverware and the Worsley Cup, while an optimist would see it as a trophy gained following the Twenty20 success.

Liverpool Road stalwart Chris Bleazard falls in to the latter category. The 46-year-old, who has spent more than three decades with the West Enders, said: “We knew it was always going to be tough to win three championships in a row. This year we haven’t really performed as well as a team and Accrington have played two more games than us which has given them the advantage.

“We’ve not been as consistent but we don’t have any regrets this season because we are delighted to have won the Twenty20 which we’ve never done well in previously.”

Bleazard, who recently joined an esteemed club when scoring his 15,000th run, surpassed his target off 500 for the campaign when firing an unbeaten 66 on Saturday in defeat to Rishton. And it’s form like that which is encouraging the seasoned cricketer to keep ploughing away.

“I just want to keep on playing and winning,” he declared. “We’re hoping to finish second now because it looks as though Accrington only need eight points to win the league. I’ll carry on playing until my body says otherwise or until my performances drop below the standard where I want them to be. I’m not planning on retiring just yet. The club has been developing fantastically and it’s been an honour to have been part of that. It’s a community club with community people at the core of it and I hope it continues like that. To have witnessed the improvement has been superb.”

Lowerhouse travel to Thorneyholme Road to face leaders Accrington today, start 1 p.m.