Second straight tie at Nelson for Lowerhouse seconds!

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Lowerhouse seconds remarkably played out a second tie in successive years at Nelson last weekend.

Nelson were bowled out for 156, as Jamie Woodall took 4-24, Tom Bridge 3-44 and Scott Hope 2-50.

All looked lost at 46-6 in reply, but the only adults in the team put on a 92 stand as Hope (80) and Jamie Woodall (34 not out) saw the side to a tie.

Nelson were joint leaders of the league so this was a wonderful result for morale.

The previous day, the seconds’ game with Haslingden was abandoned.

The game started promisingly for the youngsters with Haslingden at 20-3.

Playing 15 unnecessary overs in persistent rain did not help their cause as centurions English and Ahmed took advantage of the wet ball and slippery conditions. Thankfully sense prevailed and the proceedings were halted.

Hope took 2-52.

Lowerhouse thirds, an almost entirely under 15 team, battled hard against all the odds against Ramsbottom.

Captain John Nicholas praised the team for batting the overs and a number of players showed they could adapt to the senior game. Lowerhouse made 128-8 before losing by eight wickets. Ross Birchall hit 41, Danny Simm 23, Harry Wheatcroft 16 not out , Josh Astley 11, and Alex Claridge-Ingham 11.