Lowerhouse increase lead at the top

Joe Beneduce
Joe Beneduce

Lowerhouse increased their lead at the top of the Lancashire Cricket League to seven points by defeating Rishton on Sunday and securing the maximum 12 points.

The West Enders won the toss and decided to bat, but were soon 9-2 with both the Martin brothers, Joe and Paddy, back in the pavilion.

Opener Ben Heap and professional Francois Haasbroek steadily recovered the innings from the early setbacks, and a stand of 118 between the pair gave the home side a platform to attack.

Heap scored 47 from 98 balls, and Haasbroek 70 from 96 balls, including seven fours.

Lowerhouse scored 151 runs from the final 20 overs thanks to a good team effort in which all the middle and lower order batsmen contributed.

Substitute professional - Padiham pro - Chris Holt bowled unchanged throughout the innings to finish with 2-85.

Rishton commenced their innings positively, but lost wickets at regular intervals.

The game became quite a dull affair as Rishton had neither the inclination nor the ability to chase the score, and the slow wicket wasn’t helping the regular Lowerhouse bowlers.

The game was won, but the two bowling points were badly needed.

The whole team needed a lift, and at 150-7, with only eight overs remaining, it had reached the stage where an occasional bowler was required to tempt the Rishton lower order batsmen into playing a few shots.

Enter former captain Joe Beneduce, who took three wickets in his two overs, including a good catch from Johnny Russell.

With nine games to play, on Sunday, Lowerhouse host sixth-place Haslingden at Liverpool Road.