Josh’s PB wins trial
CYCLING DEREK SCHOFIELD FRESH from his win in the weekend’s Rossendale Triathlon, Josh Whitehead posted a PB of 23:48 to win the Rossendale Road Club’s midweek time trial.
Whitehead made the most of a tail wind up the hill on the tough circuit to win by a minute from Bury Clarion’s Jon Longworth.
Paul Warrener was the leading RRC member in third place from Derek Schofield, riding in his first club event for almost six years.
Lisa Greenwood and John Leach had a close fought battle further down the field, with Greenwood coming home in 33:20, 9 seconds to the good.
The series continues next Tuesday as a part of the ‘come and try it’ effort to introduce newcomers to the sport of cycling time trials. All are welcome with sign on from 6:30 pm at the Hapton Inn. ●● Ramsbottom’s Tom Parton scored a half century against Walsden at Scott Street LANCASHIRE LEAGUE CRICKET ROUND-UP SHELDAN KEAY
THERE were mixed emotions for the local cricket sides in the Lancashire League this past weekend as they were involved in several entertaining matches.
RAWTENSTALL earned an impressive win as they were able to defeat Littleborough by seven wickets at the Worswick Memorial Ground.
Littleborough won the toss and decided to bat first, but their young side endured a tough day and were skittled out for 88 with the only bright spot being Tariq Maqsood’s breezy 30 from 44 balls including five fours.
Having said that it was a fine display of bowling by the home side deputy pro Brett Pelser.
He returned figures of 6-39 from 15 overs of sharp outswing and he deserved every one of his wickets as none of the visiting batsmen gifted their wickets away.
The remaining wickets fell to Roscoe (2) and Hussain (1).
Littleborough showed plenty of fight when bowling which was a credit to this young side and Wilman reduced the home side to 12-2 with a fiery opening spell.
But it was Pelser’s day when he backed up his six wickets with 50 not out at just over a run a ball.
Littleborough did take another wicket – Miskella clean bowled Kershaw offering no stroke but that was it as the home side coasted home in just 20 overs.
HASLINGDEN were also victorious after they won by three wickets against Crompton at Bentgate.
It was Crompton who batted first after winning the toss, but they were bowled all out for 151.
It looked like Haslingden would fall well short of their target when they were 74-6 at one stage, but an unbeaten 42 from Jo Sipocz late down the order helped the team finished on 152-7, winning the match with three wickets remaining and with 15 balls to spare.
RAMSBOTTOM came up short in their match after they were beaten by seven wickets against Walsden at Scott Street. Ramsbottom won the toss and decided to bat, and finished 189 all out after top scores from professional Senuran Muthusamy (60) and Tom Parton (51).
Despite the score, it wasn’t enough to deny Walsden, who performed well with the bat and ended on 190-3 with nearly seven overs to spare.
Opener Josh Gale led from the front for his side, scoring an unbeaten 106 from 122 balls to help defeat Ramsbottom.
BACUP came up short after they lost by seven wickets against Milnrow at Ladyhouse.
Milnrow decided to field first after winning the toss, and they bowled Bacup all out for 167. Matt Collinge top scored for Bacup with 41.
An unbeaten 91 from professional Neil Hornbuckle helped Milnrow chase down the target, reaching it with around five overs left to spare to inflict a defeat on Bacup.
Elsewhere in the division, Church claimed bragging rights against local rivals Great Harwood after earning a dominant 98 run victory at Blackburn Road.
Great Harwood won the toss and decided to field first, but Church did well with the bat and finished on 212-7 at the end of their 50 overs.
Opener Sam Holt top scored for Church after hitting 73 from 79 balls.
Great Harwood struggled in response, with only five batsmen managing to reach double figures.
It could have been an ●● Ratwenstall professional Brett Pelser took six wickets against Littleborough even heavier defeat, as Great Harwood were 82-9 at one stage, but Paul Newton (22) and Stuart Maher (14 not out) were able to reduce the deficit somewhat.
It still wasn’t enough