Rare slip for Lowerhouse followed by win

IN-FORM: Francois Haasbroek (right)
IN-FORM: Francois Haasbroek (right)

FOSTERS Lancashire League champions Lowerhouse incurred their first defeat of the 2012 season and their first home defeat since August 2010 - encompassing 20 matches - against Accrington on Saturday.

But the West Enders bounced back on Sunday with a 59-run win over Rishton at their Blackburn Road ground.

Against Accrington, without the unavailable all-rounders Joe Hawke and Jonathan Finch, Lowerhouse bowled first after losing the toss, and on an encouraging wicket for bowling, soon had the visitors in trouble with only Shah, Hanson and extras reaching double figures.

The under-utilised Francois Haasbroek and Fergus Bailey each took three wickets, with Matt Marquis, playing in his first match of the season, taking 1-10 in seven overs.

Lowerhouse got off to a dreadful start in reply, with both openers dismissed with only six runs on the board.

The West Enders were further reduced to 19-6 when Chris Bleazard joined Bailey to add 33 runs for the seventh wicket.

Whilst they were together, Lowerhouse still harboured thoughts of victory, but when Bleazard was bowled by professional Ashar Zaidi, the end soon came.

There is no doubt that the superb bowling by Zaidi and David Ormerod and the responsive wicket were key factors, but it has to be recognised that some of the dismissals of the Lowerhouse batsmen were as a result of poor cricket played by the home side that has not been seen for a long time.

However, on Sunday, batting first, Lowerhouse enjoyed an opening stand of 75 runs between Johnny Whitehead and Ben Heap.

Whitehead was the more aggressive figure, playing some glorious shots including 20 runs in one over bowled by Lambert.

Professional Daniel Salpietro and the talented left arm spinner Sartaj slowed the scoring rate marginally, but Lowerhouse continued to score at a decent pace with Martin and Haasbroek at the crease.

Wickets fell as the visitors tried to further increase the rate, but the target score was perhaps about par for the ground and conditions.

Rishton looked in little trouble in response as openers Salpietro and Jimmy Bibby played generally solidly, with only a few false shots and inside edges.

The wicket of Salpietro changed the tone of the innings and Matt Walker and Joe Beneduce began to put a stranglehold on the scoring.

The pressure increased as wickets began to fall at regular intervals with only Bibby remaining of the recognised batsmen.

He, however could manage only 53 runs from 46 overs at the crease as Lowerhouse hammered home their dominance.

Haasbroek finished with 5-37 and Beneduce 3-20.

On Saturday, Lowerhouse are at Ramsbottom, before they host Enfield on Sunday in a first v second clash.