Lowerhouse miss out on points record

Sub pro: Former Lowerhouse paid man Francois Haasbroek, centre, took 3-45 for Lowerhouse at Ramsbottom
Sub pro: Former Lowerhouse paid man Francois Haasbroek, centre, took 3-45 for Lowerhouse at Ramsbottom
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Lancashire League champions Lowerhouse failed to register their 20th successive win after Holland Cuip victors Ramsbottom claimed a 93-run triumph at Acre Bottom on the final day of the season.

In doing so, the hosts also preserved their league record points total which they set during the 2010 term when hitting 264.

‘House fell just three points short of equalling that tally when bowled out for a meagre 74 runs when chasing Ramsbottom’s total of 167.

Pakistani Sub pro Zohaib Khan top-scored for the home side with a knock of 41 while Andy Whittle assisted further down the pecking order with 24.

West Enders stand-in professional Francois Haasbroek claimed figures of 3-45, Fergus Bailey took 3-27 while Matt Walker added 4-46.

In reply, the away side’s first seven batsmen were extinguished for single figures leaving it to captain Charlie Cottam to make the tally slightly more respectable as he fired 28 runs. Defeat failed to dampen celebrations, however, as players, staff and supporters marked the club’s third championship crown in four years.

Elsewhere, Burnley entertained Enfield at the My Protein Turf Moor on Sunday to end the 2014 league campaign.

And the Worsley Cup winners ended the campaign in style with a nail-biting one-wicket victory that went right to the wire.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, the away side quickly got into their stride and raced to 50-1 off eight overs.

Graham Lalor was the man to force the breakthrough as he provided the delivery for Cole Hayman to catch Liam Bedford in the deep for 33.

Professional Chris Holt then came on and put the brakes on immediately and the visitors were soon reduced to 80-6 as the paid man took 4-41 off 17 overs and Lalor 2-25 off 10.

Only visiting skipper Adam Bracewell had any resistance as he made 44 until being caught by Chris Burton off Holt who also bowled sub professional Keith Barker for six. The visitors made 147 off 43 overs as Liaqat (2-20), Hayman (1-50) and Pickup (1-8) added to the haul of Holt and Lalor.

In reply Burnley set off well with Holt scoring 17 until running himself out. Pickup (35) and Burton (27) responded to put on 63 to take the score to 92-2 with Burnley seemingly coasting to victory.

However, the middle order collapsed to be reduced to 111-5 and then 139-9. So with nine needed for victory it was down to Hayman and Lalor to see Burnley through to victory as the former ended on 14 not out to see the home side to a single wicket victory in the near darkness as play finished at 7-05 p.m.