Lowerhouse make it four wins from four

Johnny Whitehead
Johnny Whitehead
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Reigning Lancashire League champions Lowerhouse beat Nelson by eight wickets in what turned out to be a 30-over thrash at the Neville Gee Recruitment Ground on Sunday.

Nelson had first use of the wicket at Liverpool Road when play finally got underway at 3-15 p.m.

And the visitors made 104-8 in their innings, with Khurram Nazir top-scoring with 30 as he passed 3,000 Lancashire League runs in the process.

Professional Kesh Maharaj added 28, with opener Russell Bradley hitting 20.

Matt Walker took 3-58 for the West Enders, while Fergus Bailey also claimed 2-23.

In reply, Lowerhouse blitzed their way to victory inside 19 overs.

Joe Martin fell to Toxy Hussain for one with the score at five in reply, but Jonny Whitehead put on a stand worth 62 with skipper Charlie Cottam, who was caught at slip for 25 by Nazir off opposite number Neil Thompson.

Whitehead then joined in an unbroken partnership of 40 with professional Cobus Pienaar (11 not out), as they led Lowerhouse over the line in style.

Whitehead finished on 67 not out, which included five sixes and three fours.

That gave Lowerhouse 10 points for a fourth win from four completed games, as they stay second, just four points behind neighbours Burnley.

On Saturday, Lowerhouse are at Rishton in the league, and on Sunday they are again at Blackburn Road as the West Enders open their Worsley Cup campaign.