Martin takes seven wickets in Lowerhouse victory

Paddy Martin makes a catch for Lowerhouse CC.''Burnley CC v Lowerhouse CC.

Paddy Martin makes a catch for Lowerhouse CC.''Burnley CC v Lowerhouse CC.

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Lowerhouse are tied for fourth place in the Lancashire League with Enfield – 26 points behind Burnley – after beating Haslingden by 24 runs on Saturday at the Neville Gee (Recruitment) Ground.

Paddy Martin recorded his best-ever return of 7-69 to keep the West Enders in touch at the top, ahead of a home clash with lowly Bacup on Saturday – and the small matter of a Worsley Cup semi-final with Burnley at Liverpool Road on Sunday.

Martin’s right-arm off breaks helped limit Haslingden to 197-9, after Lowerhouse had hit 221-7.

Skipper Charlie Cottam won the toss and elected to bat, and he top-scored for his side with 49.

After losing Jonny Whitehead for two, bowled by Jake Neary, Fergus Bailey and Cottam put on 42 for the second wicket, with Bailey falling for 31 – the first of four wickets for Matt Griffin.

Cottam and professional Cobus Pienaar took the score to 106, when Cottam was caught behind off Griffin.

Pienaar was run out for 27, but, after losing Martin for two, Matt Walker (37), Chris Bleazard (27 not out) and Lewis Marsden (21) helped Lowerhouse to 221-7.

Griffin finished with 4-65 for Haslingden.

And Martin’s exploits ensured that total was sufficient, although the bowling points proved elusive.

Walker saw off Graham Knowles for eight at 16, before Martin removed former Nelson professional Burton de Wett (7), Jo Sipocz (25), Matt Griffin (22), Jack Taylor (32), Chris Reed (29), Alex Marcroft (16) and Jake Neary (7).

Former Burnley FC professional, Haslingden captain Alex Coleman, added 18, but Haslingden fell short.

On Friday night, Lowerhouse beat Nelson by nine wickets in the Twenty20 competition at Liverpool Road.

Whitehead hit 69 not out and Walker added 35 not out off 39 balls, after Nelson were dismissed for 118.

Martin took 4-23 and Pienaar 3-14 , as Harrison Phelan top-scored with 39.