Josh’s PB wins trial

Rossendale Free Press - - Sports -

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

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