Match Report 1st XI vs Clitheroe – Home – Saturday 18th August 2018

So to the first of two consecutive August double header weekends, with Clitheroe and Crompton the opposition. First up, Clitheroe on Saturday, with the 1st XI at home.

August is holiday season, and today’s line up omitted such regular names as Patrick Swanney, Allan Armer, Paul Newton and captain Paul Houldsworth. Such holiday issues also affect clubs off the field too, and 1995-1997 2nd XI scorer Richard Law-Riding had been brought out of retirement at the cost of ‘a few Morettis’

Only that didn’t happen, unlike in 1995-1997, he now has a job, and whilst present, he was unable to take up his position at the start owing to some urgent task that needed sorting. Moretti on hold, and we needed a scorer….

I arrived at the ground pondering whether to sit on the balcony or commence a few gentle laps of the field. Instead within 5 minutes I have a laptop and a scorebox to commandeer. I protest that I need to leave briefly in an hour, but with a distinct lack of available alternatives, I’ve got the job. Woop.

In came two players for Lancashire League debuts, Mark Leach and, having returned to the field for a T20 game the previous week following several years’ absence, Matthew Houldsworth.

Cloudy, overcast conditions meant the game was able to start on time, with Stuart Maher losing the toss and, after a week of persistent rain, we were predictably asked to bat.

Richard Shovelton opened with Matt Oddie, and with Marcus Sharp and Fawad Alam bowling in conditions extremely favourable for the fielding side, we found runs extremely hard to come by. That said, in the seven overs I watched from the box before tagging in Chairman/Captain and now Scorer Stuart for a stint scoring (village we know but needs must – I did genuinely have to leave briefly) there were more overs on the board than runs.

On my return, both Shovey and Matt were out, and the score had crawled forward, and we were into the 30s as the drinks break approached.

Phil Aspinall (39) and Ash (45) dug in, seeing off the opening bowlers and picking up runs where the few opportunities to do so arose. But when their wickets fell in quick succession, followed by the attacking Jack first ball, we were 104-5 with only 6 overs to go. Sohail Ali was out trying to force the issue, but Chris Oddie and Matt Houldsworth scrambled a further few runs, and we closed on a rather modest 129-6.

Having helped roll and sweep the wicket at tea, I’m despatched again to the scorebox. Brother Richard had taken over midway through the first innings but again had work business to attend to. Clitheroe began the run chase, with Aspinall and Maher doing all they could to defend our total in (marginally) improving batting conditions.

Lang and Mulligan saw off the pair, taking Clitheroe to 35 before the former skied one off the bowling of Zeain Ali, his first 1st XI league wicket (he did get the Rishton professional out in the T20 last year). This brought the Clitheroe captain Dewhurst to the crease and he and Mulligan broke the back of the chase. By the time he was out, to a great catch by Ash off the bowling of Leach, another maiden 1st XI wicket, the score was 90. Professional Alam came in and saw Clitheroe home, Mulligan reaching an impressive 50 in the process of hitting the winning runs.

So no points, a disappointing result but not entirely unexpected against last year’s champions with several senior players missing. There were a few positives to take from the game, the return of Matt (who you’ll still never run out) and wickets for Zeain and Mark, and plenty to ponder ahead of the next weekend.

Oh and we need to get the scoreboard fixed – we’re already on it – apologies to anybody it annoyed, the issues were beyond our control

Lancashire League Heritage Roadshow

On Wednesday 1st November 2017 we welcome the Lancashire League’s Heritage Roadshow to Great Harwood Cricket Club.

The roadshow is visiting all clubs within the Lancashire League, and the evening will see memorabilia and historically important items brought to the club, alongside a fantastic presentation with video footage on the history of the Lancashire League and the work the Heritage project are undertaking to inform, educate and engage with people throughout the local area to build understanding of what cricket means and has meant to people in the area, and to bring people together through stories and memories of Lancashire League cricket.

All are welcome to attend, with particular extension of the invite to local civic groups, local history enthusiasts, representatives from local schools and care homes (who may benefit from engagement with the heritage roadshow in future), and any individuals who have memories of the league that they may wish to share.  Anybody that is interested in cricket, local history and community engagement will not want to miss this exceptional presentation.

There will also be a chance for attendees to get involved in the activities the project intends to deliver in the future.

The club will be open from 7pm for a 7:30 start.

Presentation Night 2017

Join us on Friday 27th October for our 2017 Club Presentation Night.

The night will celebrate the performances of our Junior and Senior teams throughout the 2017 season, our first season in the Lancashire Cricket League.

The bar will be open from 7pm, with the Hawks junior awards starting at 7:30pm, and senior and club awards following immediately afterwards.  Food will be provided for juniors at the conclusion of the presentation.

Once the awards ceremony has concluded, entertainment will be provided by singer Zoe Unsworth.

All club members, players, juniors and families, and friends of the club are invited to attend.

Fundraising – Fat to Fit

Tonight we begin a winter fundraising effort, with all monies raised to be split evenly between two great causes.
Eleven willing participants, comprising current players, club members and committee members, will all look to ditch the cake and biscuits for salad and treadmills as we look to go from FAT TO FIT in time for the 2018 season.
The plan is to collectively lose the weight of our professional Ashen Silva, a not insignificant amount of 165 lbs (11.79 stone) before the start of next season.  Sponsorships and fundraising will equally support both
The Philip Maher Foundation
Junior Cricket – Great Harwood Hawks
Our efforts begin today, Monday 9th October 2017, and will conclude on Friday 6th April 2018, the week before the 2018 Lancashire League cricket season starts.
You can sponsor us via JustGiving here
…or by individually sponsoring any of our participants, be it as an amount per lb lost or a general figure once the collaborative total is reached.

Award Winners 2016

On Friday 18th November we held our annual Presentation Night at the newly refurbished clubhouse, celebrating the performances made in all of our junior and senior teams throughout the 2016 season, our last in the Ribblesdale Cricket League.
Congratulations to all of the following winners:
Club Awards 
Clubperson of the YearAndrew Law-Riding
Player of the YearPatrick Swanney
Players’ Player of the YearMatthew Oddie
Most Improved Senior playerHamim Miah
Junior Player of the YearMatthew Oddie
Fielding AwardSohail Ali
Fastest FiftyHamim Miah (v Oswaldtwistle Immanuel CC)
Richard's Champagne MomentTim Holden (for hitting 3 sixes on the opening day of the 2016 season having never played an attacking shot ever before (even in the nets)
Senior Cricket Awards
1st XI BattingPatrick Swanney
1st XI BowlingStuart Maher
2nd XI BattingTim Holden
2nd XI BowlingDavid Kendall
3rd XI BattingMatthew Oddie
3rd XI BowlingMatthew Oddie
Performance AwardPatrick Swanney (106* v Padiham and 103* v Euxton)
Performance AwardMatthew Oddie (105 v Feniscowles 3rd XI)
Performance AwardStuart Maher (7-70 v Read )
Hawks Team Honours
U14 Cup Runners UpJoel Bentham, Joe Bradley, Ethan Houldsworth, Rayhaan Hussain, Haris Iqbal, Alex Kennedy, Haris Masood, Liam Milton, Jack Roberts, Bradley Sawer, Seb Whalley
U-11 Arthur Shaw Shield Runners UpSam Anderson, Cameron Bousfield, Lewis Cartmell, Lewis Elliott, Logan Grimshaw, Jacob Houldsworth, Shabaaz Hussain, Matthew Litherland, Kassim Masood, Jack Roberts, Euan Vickery, Rayhan Younis.
U-9 League WinnersWilliam Armer, Max Cocken, Sonny Dunn, Lewis Hacker, Logan Hindle, Roy Houghton, Jacob Houldsworth, Zac Houldsworth, Shaabaz Hussain, Ben McNamara, Sam Newton, Tom O’Doherty, Riley Ormerod, Lewis Rogerson, Oliver Sherriff, William Thomson.
U-9 Indoor Tournament WinnersWilliam Armer, Logan Hindle, Jacob Houldsworth, Shaabaz Hussain, Sam Newton, Oliver Sherriff.
Hawks Cricket Awards
U18 Player of the YearCameron Holt
U15 BattingHarris Masood
U15 BowlingJoel Bentham
U13 BattingEthan Houldsworth
U13 BowlingEthan Houldsworth
U13 Most ImprovedHaris Iqbal
U11 BattingMatthew Litherland
U11 BowlingJack Roberts
U11 Most ImprovedLewis Elliott
U9 BattingShabaaz Hussain
U9 BowlingMax Cocken
U9 FieldingOliver Sherriff, William Thomson
U9 Player of the YearJacob Houldsworth
U9 Skills Awards
Throwing Cricket Ball WinnerSam Newton
Throwing Cricket Ball Runner UpOliver Sherriff
Bowling at Stump WinnerWilliam Armer
Bowling at Stump Runner UpOliver Sherriff
Hitting Through Cones WinnerJoshua Duckworth
Hitting Through Cones Runner UpSam Newton
Running Between Wickets WinnerLogan Hindle
Running Between Wickets Runner UpWilliam Armer
Slip Catching WinnerShaabaz Hussain
Slip Catching Runner UpJoshua Duckworth
High Catching WinnerSam Newton
High Catching Runner UpOliver Parker
Younger End - Activity 1 winnersHayan Younis, Jack Rogerson, Ciaran Holden
Younger End - Activity 2 winnersHayan Younis, Jack Rogerson, Hayan Younis
Younger End - Activity 3 winnersScott Duckworth, Hayan Younis, Thomas Henderson
Younger End - Activity 4 winnersZahid Ahmed, Thomas Henderson, Jack Rogerson