Lowerhouse stalwart Chris Bleazard has confessed that club achievements rank higher than personal landmarks in cricket.
The loyal Liverpool Road amateur entered an exclusive club at the weekend after becoming only the third player to hit 15,000 Lancashire League runs.
The 46-year-old, who went on to make the ninth century of his career in the home clash with Enfield, joined an elite group including Mike Ingham (17,188) and David Pearson.
Bleazard has featured for the club since his early teenage years - progressing through the under 13s setup - but endured a trophy-less tenure with the formerly renowned ‘Cinderella’ club.
However, that all changed in 2004 when Bleazard starred in the Worsley Cup final where he smashed an unbeaten ton in the six-wicket win over Haslingden. That particular trophy triumph sparked a resurgence from the West Enders and they went on to win the league title in 2005 and 2011, the league and cup double last year in addition to the Twenty20 silverware they secured this term.
“It’s been something that’s been knocking around for the last couple of years,” he said. “I’m very happy to have finally achieved it. I was slightly relieved to have finally done it but I’m also extremely proud. I’ve been batting well this year so the landmark was well within my capabilities.”
Bleazard added: “Personal achievements are great to look back on but for me it was all about winning something. After all those years without winning a single piece of silverware and then lifting the Worsley Cup for the first time in 2004 was just incredible and unbelievable. We didn’t think it was ever going to happen but since we’ve gone on to win three championships another cup and the Twenty20. It doesn’t get any better than that.”
Lowerhouse travel to Blackburn Road to face Rishton tomorrow, start 1 p.m.