West Enders put in the graft to get ground ready for season

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Lowerhouse Cricket Club’s NatWest CricketForce work programme proved a big success, as a number of directors, players and parents rolled their sleeves up to get the West End ready for the new season.

The club would like to thank all those who took part over a four-week period, in particular Dan Birchall (tiling and plumbing), Barry Heywood and Dave Smalley (painting), Andrew and Paul Halstead (driveway), Mick Greenwood (joinery), Michael Walmsley and Joe Milburn (ground maintenance) and Maureen Stansfield (catering).

The club also gratefully received help and support from Keith Till (Warburton’s), Tracey Johnstone (NatWest) and Burnley Business in the Community for earlier works.

Lowerhouse players and officials are pictured during the NatWest CricketForce work programme (s).

Meanwhile, the club’s seconds had a mixed weekend.

On Saturday, the side were out for 214 against Haslingden, with fine contributions from Scott Hope (36), Jack Edgar (26), John Waite (24) and Rhys Woodworth (22).

And that proved enough as Haslingden were restricted to 202-8, as Hope took 3-34 and Josh Lavin 3-58.

The following day against Nelson, a batting capitulation contrasted starkly with the youngsters’ good all-round performance against Haslingden.

Nelson made 229-7, with Lavin taking 3-53 and Matt Marquis 2-36, but the West Enders were all out in reply for 79, with Edgar (19) and Dec Bailey (17 not out) the pick of the batsmen.

The third team lost to Ramsbottom by eight wickets.

A good recovery, based around the captain, saw a decent total of 200-7 posted.

Unfortunately a poor middle order bowling performance, with too many four balls, saw Ramsbottom ease home.

Top-scoring for Lowerhouse were John Waite (54 not out), Shaun Heaton (45), Dec Bailey (36) and Ben Gorton (23).

In the junior section, despite posting a decent score, the Under 15s bowed out of the cup at the first hurdle with three overs to go.

They scored 122-0, with unbeaten 50s from Edgar and Gorton, but Accrington responded with 123-2.

The Under 13 Panthers produced a powerful performance to beat Darwen.

Lowerhouse scored 104-2, with knocks from Adam Stubbs (27 not out), Jake Seddon (21 not out), Alex Claridge-Ingham (17 not out) and Christian Butschok-Brain (15), while Darwen posted 53-4.

The Under 13s put in a valiant effort against Nelson in the cup, having earlier been put to the sword by the belligerent Ryland (50 not out) in Nelson’s 111-1.

Lowerhouse scored 96-6, with Tom Nicholas making 32 and Adam Stubbs 12.

The Under 13s Tigers turned in a brave batting performance, but the strength of Longridge’s A team’s hitting proved to be the difference.

Longridge made 259-3, with Lowerhouse making 239-4, with contributions from Sam Wright (11 not out), Harrison Smith (11 not out), Matt Anderson (10 not out) and Ainslie Wolstenholme (10 not out).

Lowerhouse Under 11 Cubs had a tough start against hard-hitting Burnley.

The Cubs made 234-4, with Josh Moodie scoring 12, while Burnley totalled 266-2, with Georgia Clough taking 2-17.

And the Under 9s had a good start against Accrington scored 220-9, with Jack Simm taking 3-9, Thomas Halstead 2-8 and Brian Coates 2-14, before the West Enders made 251-4, with knocks from Georgie Holt (13 not out), Halstead (12 not out) and Simm (12 not out).