Silva’s cen­tury

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LAN­CASHIRE LEAGUE CRICKET SHELDAN KEAY

IT was an­other busy few days of cricket ac­tion as all of the lo­cal sides were in­volved in league and Twenty20 matches over the week­end.

GREAT HAR­WOOD claimed brag­ging rights against lo­cal ri­vals RISH­TON in the Lan­cashire League af­ter a 21 run vic­tory at Cliffe Park.

Great Har­wood won the toss and de­cided to bat, with the team man­ag­ing to make an im­pres­sive 323-4 at the end of their 50 overs, af­ter an un­beaten 107 from pro­fes­sional Ashen Silva, along with 81 not out from Rus­sell Whal­ley.

Rish­ton did well in their re­sponse, with big scores from Sa­jid Pa­tel (80), Jack Hil­ton (75 not out) and pro­fes­sional Man­soor Am­jad (68), but in the end they came up ag­o­nisigly short, thanks in part to a col­laspe at the back of the or­der where they went from 279-5 to 292-9.

It meant that Great Har­wood earned the win and con­demned their op­po­nents to de­feat.

It turned out to be an en­joy­able few days for Great Har­wood as they also man­aged to pick up a 54 run win over Nel­son in their T20 fix­ture.

Great Har­wood posted a to­tal of 193-3 af­ter Silva again per­formed well and made 67, while Nel­son could only end on 139-5, mean­ing Great Har­wood were tri­umphant.

De­spite their loss to Great Har­wood, Rish­ton did have some­thing to cheer about in their T20 match af­ter de­feat­ing Colne by eight wick­ets.

Rish­ton won the toss and de­cided to field, but Colne posted a good score af­ter an un­beaten 104 from pro­fes­sional James Price helped them to 1654.

Rish­ton were able to chase down the tar­get, with Ali Hasam scor­ing an un­beaten 84 to help his side win with nine balls to spare.

AC­CRING­TON were vic­to­ri­ous in their Lan­cashire League match on Sun­day af­ter they beat Rawten­stall by 15 runs at Thor­ney­holme Road.

Ac­cring­ton bat­ted first but could only man­age 164-9 at the end of their 50 overs, with pro­fes­sional Janith Liyan­age (45) and Kieren Grimshaw (43) the only bats­men who made notable scores.

Abid again per­formed well as he scored 64, but the rest of the team couldn’t con­trib­ute and Rawten­stall were bowled all out for 149, with the team suf­fer­ing de­feat af­ter they were un­able to cap­i­talise on Ac­cring­ton’s low score.

It wasn’t a per­fect week­end for Ac­cring­ton though as they were beaten by 28 runs against Burn­ley in their Twenty20 clash on Fri­day.

Burn­ley fin­ished on 136-6 af­ter their 20 overs, with Ac­cring­ton only able to make 108-6 in re­ply, hand­ing their op­po­nents the win.

Ahead of their thrilling draw against Nor­den at Woodhouse Lane, EN­FIELD claimed a 39 run vic­tory in their T20 match af­ter beat­ing Low­er­house at Liver­pool Road.

En­field bat­ted first and made 194-1 at the end of their in­nings, thanks to big un­beaten scores from Adam Bracewell (107 not out) and Shashrika Pussegolla (74 not out).

They eased to vic­tory, with good bowl­ing meant that Low­er­house could only fin­ish on 155-9.

CHURCH came up short in their Lan­cashire League match af­ter they were beaten by 25 runs against Cromp­ton at Glebe Street.

Cromp­ton bat­ted first but good bowl­ing from Church meant they could only fin­ish on 158 all out. De­spite per­form­ing well with the ball, Church were un­able to cap­i­talise with the bat, with only Joel Gaskill (36) and Josh Scully (34) man­ag­ing to hit de­cent

Keiren Grimshaw hit 43 against Rawten­stall at the week­end

Tony Green­wood

Adam Bracewell hit a stun­ning 107 not out in En­field’s T20 game against Low­er­house

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