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