Mixed fortunes for Lowerhouse seconds

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LOWERHOUSE seconds have had a mixed time of late.

A poor batting display led to defeat against Rishton, but superb bowling was instrumental in victory over Haslingden,

The West Enders were 148 all out against Rishton, with 49 from Phil Haggerty and 31 from Jack Edgar.

However, despite 3-31 from Matt Marquis, Rishton won by seven wickets.

Against Haslingden, Lowerhouse bowled their opponents out for 110, as Oli Bayliff took 3-22, Micky Lee 3-34 and Scott Hope 2-9, and the runs were knocked off with one wicket down thanks to Lewis Marsden (56 not out).

The thirds endured a bizarre game, as they succumbed to poor batting, slipping to 131 all out, before losing by nine wickets in the penultimate over - Church’s first win of the season.

Ben Gorton and Josh Lavin both hit 38.

In the Sycamore Farm-sponsored junior results, a good bowling display from the Under 17s paved the way for victory against Haslingden, with Joe Bayliff (2-21) the leading wicket taker.

Jonny Whitehead (50 not out) and Joe Martin (42 not out) top-scored.

However, the Under 17s were then all out for 46 in a nine-wicket defeat to Enfield.

Bayliff made 10 not out.

For the Under 15s Sharks, a decent bowling performance was followed by an assured batting performance in victory over Ramsbottom.

Jack Edgar (52 not out), Ben Gorton (24 not out) and Danny Turner (19) impressed.

They then beat Todmorden as Ronan Moorhouse (2-14) claimed his first wickets for the club - Ronan is son of Chris, nephew of Gary and grandson of Brian Moorhouse.

Ben Gorton made 46, and Joe Grey 20.

There were some bright performances in a David versus Goliath fixture for the Under 15s Dolphins against Haslingden.

Conor Bethwaite took 3-13 and Liam Heaton 2-25, while Harrison Smith hit 18 and Joe Bayliff 11.

The Under 13s Panthers held off Colne with tight bowling at the death from Kean Craig and Harry Spark, who also hit 30 not out, as did Ismaeel Mehdi .

The Under 13s Lions suffered a rare defeat against big-hitting Longridge.

The Under 13s Cougars took heart from their performance against Burnley, however, the Under 11s Bears went down against Haslingden, despite 17 from Ross Birchall.

But the Bears came back to beat Ramsbottom, as Joe Halstead took 2-8 and Ethan Laraway 2-10.

The Under 11s Cubs picked up their second win of the season against Church, followed by a third win against the same opponents.

Georgia Clough scored 10 and then 24 not out.

And some wonderful catches, notably from Tom Halstead, aided the bowlers as the Under 9s beat Bacup.

Emily Herbert took 3-10, Georgina Coates 2-6, Kheiro Chir 2-6 and Oliver Walsh 2-13.