Rain wreaks havoc again for cricketers

DAMP: Lowerhouse was once again affected by the rain.
DAMP: Lowerhouse was once again affected by the rain.
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ANOTHER weekend of showers ensured a frustrating time of it again for teams in the Fosters Lancashire Cricket League.

In total Burnley played 118 overs but ended up with both the games against Haslingden on Saturday and Colne on Sunday being abandoned and now rearranged for the first two Saturdays in September.

Saturday saw the visit of Haslingden and in surprisingly sunny skies the visitors were put into bat in difficult batting conditions.

Haslingden got off to a flying start, progressing at four an over but the home side took early wickets with Cole Hayman (1-61 off nine) and professional Adnan Rasool taking his opposite number Harry Boam for 14.

A score of 120 would have been very competitive but Lewis McIntosh (65) and Jack Taylor (27) put on 59 to set a daunting target of 179. Rasool came out with figures off 7-47 and Bharat Tripathi and James Capstick took a wicket each. Then at tea the heavens opened and the home side didn’t have chance to reply.

On Sunday Burnley travelled to Colne and the home side batted first and made a steady start until they lost three wickets for the loss of one run in the 30s with Hayman (2-19) and Capstick (1-26). There were many contributions of 20 and 30 which got Colne up to a defendable 171 off the 50 overs. In reply, with weather threatening, the visitors lost early wickets of Dan Pickup and Qasim Ali and were 25-2.

It was left to skipper Tripathi and Chris Burton to rebuild the innings until both fell to spinner Kurrum Nazir as Colne tried to get the required 20 overs in for a game.

In the end there was a total of eight balls short of a match with Burnley a long way adrift of the 20 over total of 95 even though the game had been played in heavy rain for the last five overs.

Burnley will hope to get a completed game in as they entertain Ramsbottom on Saturday in a rearranged game from earlier in the season and visit high flying Church on Sunday.

• LOWERHOUSE’S game at home to Bacup ended as a no result after the rain finally won the day at the tea interval.

The leaders had been bowled out for 116 in a 33 rain reduced over game. The match will be replayed on Saturday, September 1st.

The rain won the day again at Seedhill as the rain came at the close of the Nelson innings, continuing until too late to allow a 20 over match with a reduced target of 82 for a Lowerhouse victory.

Winning the toss and bowling, Lowerhouse did well to restrict Nelson to 138 for 8 from their 44 overs with Joe Hawke taking four wickets and professional Francois Haasbroek bowling unchanged taking two wickets.

The match will be replayed on Saturday, September 8th.