The ‘House stay third after mini-derby win

Jonny Whitehead for Lowerhouse in their game against Burnley
Jonny Whitehead for Lowerhouse in their game against Burnley
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Lowerhouse stay in third place in the Lancashire League table after the weekend double header.

On Saturday, the West Enders inflicted a heavy defeat on Worsley Cup Finalists Nelson, coming home by five wickets with 22 overs to spare at Seedhill.

Nelson won the toss and elected to bat and were soon in trouble at 20-3 with Lewis Bradley (0), Russell Bradley (8) and Harrison Phelan (4) all back in the pavilion.

Neil Thompson and Khurrum Nazir then built the biggest stand of the afternoon, putting on 45.

The fall of Thompson’s wicket, caught at mid­off for 11, prompted a batting collapse.

Chris Heap and Richard Mead, both ducks, and Nazir (32) lost their wickets in the space of four overs, putting Nelson on 71-7.

Sam Halstead hit four fours in an effort to make the tail wag but he had no support as Mick Bradley (2), Lewis Hillman (3) and Elliott Bradley (0) all went cheaply, leaving Halstead undefeated on 21.

All the Lowerhouse bowlers tasted success with professional Cobus Pienaar taking 3-22, Matt Walker 3-34 and Paddy Martin and Fergus Bailey claiming two wickets each as Nelson folded for 102.

The Nelson bowlers put some pressure on Lowerhouse and Fergus Bailey (2) and Pienaar (4) both fell to Meade, while Halstead had Declan Bailey caught for none.

But Jonny Whitehead played a sound innings, hitting four fours and a six in a 71-ball knock which produced 45 runs.

Nazir took the wickets of Walker, for 13, and Whitehead, to put Lowerhouse on 81-5.

Lowerhouse suffered no further set­backs and Charlie Cottam (13) and Paddy Martin (7) saw their side home comfortably.

On Sunday, Cottam hit 82 not out as Lowerhouse made 249-7 at Colne, having been 67-5.

Opener Whitehead made 28, Pienaar 67, and Chris Bleazard 31.

Colne made 15-0 when the heavens opened, making no further play possible, with the match finishing as a no result.

Lowerhouse are at Church on Saturday and host Burnley on Sunday.