Lowerhouse ready to defend title

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LOWERHOUSE players and parents are pictured getting stuck in on NatWest cricketforce day.

The club would like to thank Tracey Johnstone of NatWest for her and the company’s support for the cricketforce programme.

And the team prepared the start of the new Fosters Lancashire League season a week on Sunday with a friendly victory over Ribblesdale Wanderers on Saturday.

The champions posted 142 all out, before Wanderers were out for 99.

Returning professional Francois Haasbroek made 53 and claimed 3-9, while Joe Hawke, back with the club, added 29 and Jonny Whitehead 18.

Joe Beneduce took 4-17 to add to Matt Marquis’s 2-12, and there was an excellent debut for 15-year-old second team keeper Ben Gorton.

Unfortunately no play was possible in the Surridge Challenge the following day at Baxenden or in the home second team friendly against Read.

The firsts are in action tomorrow at Farnworth Social Circle and host Read in the Lancashire Cup on Sunday. The seconds will travel to Rishton on Sunday.

Lowerhouse seconds beat Ramsbottom by six wickets after bowling their opponents out for 157.

Micky Lee took 3-51, Josh Lavin 2-15 and Hawke 2-35, before Jack Edgar - named in the County Under 16s after some excellent Festival performances last season - hit 66, Hawke an unbeaten 40 and Whitehead 23.

Meanwhile, against Rishton thirds, the Blackburn side were 132– 6 when rain stopped play.