Mixed fortunes for the champs in league and cup

Lowerhouse pro Cobus Pienaar in action.
Lowerhouse pro Cobus Pienaar in action.
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Lowerhouse set up a mouth-watering derby clash with Burnley in the Worsley Cup on Saturday, but suffered a blow in their bid to retain their Lancashire League title on Sunday.

The West Enders travelled to Dill Hall Lane to face Enfield in the cup, and emerged victorious after a terrific encounter.

House professional Cobus Pienaar was the match-winner on the day, taking 5-28 as Enfield were dismissed for 184, before hitting 80 in reply in a four-wicket success.

Matt Walker continued his fine form as he added 3-29 with the ball, with Liam Jackson providing most resistance with 43 from 79 balls.

Home captain Adam Bracewell chipped in with 36, Lewis Wright 28, Liam Bedford 21 and professional Graeme van Buuren 16 as Enfield went from 143-5, adding only another 41 for the last five wickets.

In reply, Lowerhouse were reduced to 44-5 as Fergus Bailey (7) fell to Chris Bowness, Wright saw off captain Charlie Cottam (5) and van Buuren had Jonny Whitehead (13) caught and bowled.

Pienaar had a let off as Enfield let a chance go begging at mid off without adding to the score, and he certainly made them pay.

He and Walker shared 92, with the South African hitting 10 fours and a six in his 80, before being removed by Charlie Jackson.

Walker followed at 136 for 25, and Lewis Marsden hit a quickfire 16 before Paddy Martin hit the winning runs off the first ball of the final over to finish unbeaten on 22.

But the following day, the House were leapfrogged into third place in the league by Rawtenstall after a 28-run defeat at The Neville Gee Recruitment Ground.

Rawtenstall won the toss and chose to bat, totalling 193-8, as paid man Brett Pelser hit 72 off 81 balls.

He shared 108 for the third wicket with Sam Kershaw, who made 37.

Joe McCluskie added 20 and Nick Payne, as Paddy Martin claimed 5-46.

And Lowerhouse were dismissed for 165 in reply as Imran Abid took 4-52 and Keith Roscoe 4-33.

Chris Bleazard top-scored with 29, with Walker hitting 20, Cottam 16, Fergus Bailey 15, Dominic Stuart 14 and Jonny Whitehead 12.

Lowerhouse host Haslingden on Saturday, after entertaining Nelson on Friday night in the Twenty20 competition.

Last Friday, the House lost the Twenty20 derby at Burnley by nine wickets.

Lowerhouse were restricted to 7-5 by Burnley, but lost no further wickets as Fergus Bailey hit 45 not out and Paddy Martin 39 not out in a total of 99-5.

Jhangir Liaqat took 4-14 and Tom Lawson 1-7.

Former Lowerhouse man Vishal Tripathi then 56 not out off 37 balls, and Jon Clare 29 not out, to see Burnley home with over seven overs to spare.