Lowerhouse stay on top after Rawtenstall victory

GOOD KNOCK: Ben Heap hit 38 as Lowerhouse scored 179
GOOD KNOCK: Ben Heap hit 38 as Lowerhouse scored 179

Lowerhouse retained their position as joint leaders of the Lancahire Cricket League with a 104 run win over Rawtenstall in a 22 over game.

On the previous occasion that Lowerhouse were top, Rawtenstall left the West Enders with a malodorous air by inflicting a defeat on them in another rain reduced match.

There was a huge amount of work to be done on the square and run-ups by the groundsman and volunteers as the heavens had opened at noon and continued to rain heavily for more than two hours.

The umpires felt that any attempt to work on the ground would prove futile as standing water was visible on huge areas of the playing surface.

However, great commitment was shown by all and thanks to the willingness of the Rawtenstall players to play in less than perfect condions the game eventually got underway.

The rules of the Lancashire League dictate that 4-30 p.m. is the cut-off point for the minimum 20 overs to be played. The ground was deemed playable by 4-15 p.m. so a 22-over game was pronounced.

Lowerhouse won the toss and elected to bat, perhaps remembering the previous game when they didn’t manage to chase the meagre run total set.

After a steady start all the batsmen played fluently, flaying shots to all parts. Lowerhouse steadily increased the run rate with powerful hitting and well judged quick singles.

A target of 180 runs at 8.2 runs per over was set but Rawtenstall were never in the hunt after losing wickets at regular intervals to be reduced to 28 for five.

A flurry of runs from Cooray gave Rawtenstall a glimmer of hope but once he departed the only question to be asked was whether Lowerhouse could take all ten wickets to secure two additional bowling points. Ashworth and Roscoe survived the final balls with Francois Haasbroek and Jonathan Finch bowling unchanged. Haasbroek finished with 8-35 and Finch 1-35.

Lowerhouse now enter the second half of the season at home to Enfield next Saturday and away to east Lancs the following day.