Shannon creates piece of history

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History was created last Saturday when Shannon Jackson became the first girl to represent a Lowerhouse senior team when she played for the thirds against Rishton.

Shannon bowled two overs before rain stopped play.

Shannon is a county Under 17 and Under 15 player, and earned her call up to the thirds through her bowling performances in the Under 15s at Lowerhouse.

The club expect other girls will follow into senior cricket and it will be interesting to watch their progress!

Meanwhile, Lowerhouse seconds beat Todmorden by three wickets.

The West Enders totalled 188-7, after an 85-run stand between Phil Haggerty (57) and Dec Bailey (48).

At the half way mark in the Todmorden innings, they required 65 with nine wickets left, but a smart stumping from Ben Gorton removed the dangerman, and Matt Marquis broke the mould for poor fielding with a wonderful boundary catch.

Tight bowling and loss of wickets left Todmorden needing nine off the last over, and six off the last ball, which was edged for four.

The Under 15s Dolphins were put to the sword by Darwen despite a tidy 27 from Harry Halstead, which earned him a call up to the thirds.

The side’s game with Accrington was then abandoned due to failing light, and while they have finished joint bottom of the league, they can take heart from their efforts.

The Under 13s Panthers’ victory in their final game against Haslingden will see the team either champions or joint champions.

Adam Stubbs and Kean Craig both took three wickets, and Harry Spark hit 28.

And the Under nines took on Austerlands in a friendly.

Best forward defence and most successful bowler was young Henri Cottam (2-14) - son of first team skipper Charlie - so well done to mum Louise, as it is unlikely those bowling skills were inherited from his dad!