Haasbroek and Erasmus hit tons in record victory

Lowerhouse CC v Nelson CC. Lowerhouse CC pro Francois Haasbroek.
Lowerhouse CC v Nelson CC. Lowerhouse CC pro Francois Haasbroek.

Lowerhouse claimed their biggest-ever Lancashire League victory to keep up the pressure on leaders Walsden.

The West Enders eased home in the mini-derby at Colne, by a club-record margin of 239 runs, with centuries for both Francois Haasbroek and professional Ockert Erasmus.

Skipper Ben Heap won the toss and elected to bat at the Horsfield, and his opening partner Jon Finch was caught by former Nelson colleague Danny Kegg off home captain Matt Walker for eight with the score at 17 after five overs.

But Heap and Erasmus put on 136 for the second wicket, both passing their half centuries by the halfway stage of the innings.

Heap had made 68, including four fours, when hewas caught by John Lambert off Chris Walton at 153.

Erasmus and Haasbroek went on to add 145 for the third wicket, before the pro was finally out for 106, with 12 fours, as he passed te 500-run mark for the season.

Haasbroek topped that haul with an unbeaten 118, with 14 fours and four sixes, as Lowerhouse closed on 320-4 in making an unbeaten 118 to help Lowerhouse to 320-4 – their second-highest score in league history.

In reply, Colne were dismissed for only 81 in 28.3 overs, as Toxy Hussain took 5-21, Joe Hawke 2-33 – which saw him reach 200th Lancashire League wickets – and Paddy Martin 2-23.

David Spokes top-scored with 17 for Colne.

However, on Friday night, Lowerhouse were on the receiving end of a century maker as they were beaten in front of another bumper crowd in the Twenty20 competition.

Enfield won by 39 runs at Liverpool Road in the JWL Bitter Group, with the help of an unbeaten 107 from Adam Bracewell – the leading run scorer in the competition.

He hit 13 fours and six sixes in his innings, after coming in with the score 16-1.

Bracewell put on an unbroken stand of 178 with professional Shash Pussegolla, who hit 74 not out from 59 balls.

In reply, Enfield’s Sam Cook took 5-15 and Yasir Ali 3-19 as Lowerhouse were restricted to 155-9.

Joe Hawke top-scored with 33, Paddy Martin added 30 and skipper Heap 26.

Lowerhouse host Great Harwood in the league on Saturday, after the West Enders are at home to Church in the Twenty20 competition the previous night.

Burnley stayed in contention at the top of the table with a four-wicket win in their mini-derby with Nelson at MyProtein Turf Moor.

Qasim Shah top scored with 70, while professional Asif Zakir added 25 after taking 3-46.

Nelson skipper Russell Bradley won the toss and elected to bat, and the visitors were dismissed for 181 in 45.2 overs.

David Crotty anchored the innings for Nelson, the opener hitting 77 before being fifth man out at 144.

He found support from professional Reeza Hendricks (25) and his captain Bradley (26), with Mr Extras chipping in with 28.

Zakir finished with 3-46 and Cole Hayman 3-41.

In reply, Shah produced a similar knock to Crotty, coming in at 20-1, and sticking around until he was sixth man out at 156.

Opener Liam Bedford made 22, and Zakir 25.

In the Twenty20 competition, Burnley stay top of the JWL Bitter group after a fourth win at Accrington. Zakir hit 51, Shah 22 and captain Dan Pickup 20 not out in Burnley’s 136-6.

Chris Holt took 2-14 and Zakir 1-9 to restrict Accrington to 108-6.

Burnley host Rishton on Friday night, and are at Rishton on Saturday.