Stand in captain Stuart Maher once again proved to be a lucky tosser and chose to put the visitors into bat.
For the second year in a row Graham Knowles got the visitors off to a flying start before eventually falling for 40. This brought to the crease the professional whose steady innings (eventually out for 65), decent support from his team mates and some atrocious fielding kept the score ticking over.
2 wickets in 2 balls from Maher, as well as 2 from Phil Aspinall and 2 from Ashen resulted in the visitors eventually closing on 241-6.
A strong start was required from Harwood but with openers Hamza and Matt losing their wickets without scoring Harwood were 0-2.
A decent 42 partnership between Ashen and Phil followed but Phil was lucky to survive an appeal for a stumping (he was clearly out). His luck eventually did run out shortly after this due to terrific work by Wicketkeeper Groom for the visitors whose 2nd appeal for a stumping was this time given out.
Patrick Swanney was next in but he wasn’t able to put together a partnership with Ashen before Ashen lost his wicket to a fortunate caught and bowled.
Things thereafter began to get worse. Swanney was joined at the crease by Allan Armer but both were given out to what can only be described as…
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…who knew that you could be given out CBW!
With Swanney and Armer now gone and the Masoods and Solo offering no further resistance it was left to Maher and Newton to try and salvage something from the game. A quick fire 29* from Maher got the home side to 3 figures before Newton’s attempt at a sweep shot brought the game to a close.
A comfortable win for Haslingden with no real positives to take from it for Harwood.
On to the next one.