GHCC entertained Rishton on Sunday the 24th July at the Cliffe in the local derby clash which saw the 3rd highest aggregate Lancashire league score on record.
Captain Houldsworth arrived just before the start to toss and elect to bat.
A beautiful wicket, quick outfield and perfect batting conditions were on offer, so it came as a surprise to the GHCC team when both openers decided that they wanted to watch England v Panama and decided to get out in the first over.
Hamza the first to go with a direct hit run out and Matt then following ball with a plumb LBW.
GHCC having the worst possible start in a derby game 2-2 off 1.
Ashen and Allan at the crease with a job to do.
Allan looked in fine nick as he has done all season, lofting 9 fours to the boundary before being caught for a superb 44 off 61 bowls. GHCC now 83/3.
Former Rishton player Swanney joined Silva who proceeded to put together a partnership of 86 before Swanney fell LBW for 51 and the score at 169/4.
16 overs left saw Russ enter the stage.
Both Silva and Russ saw the game to the end. Silva batting with verve and poise hit an unbeaten 107 and Russ, always a big game player, hit a magnificent in his 81* off 52 balls hitting 10x4s and 4x6s.
Stumps and tea saw GHCC end 323-4.
Houldsworth made it clear at the interval that this was not job done and that a good performance on field was required.
Maher and Aspinall opened the bowling and some tighter bowling than in previous weeks saw Rishton on the back foot from the start. A catch at slip from the bowling of Maher was the first breakthrough for GHCC with opener Hasham being dismissed for 19 and Rishton 50/1.
The Pro (Mansoor Amjad) joined opener Patel at the crease. A change of bowling at both ends brought Ashen and Newie into the attack.
Some quick singles and steady batting from Rishton saw them to 147 before Patel was brilliantly run out. Having missed a run out chance the ball prior which resulted in a single overthrow, Patel took a second chance to Aspinall at cover, but he made no mistake in hitting direct.
Boddie joined the professional and was dismissed a few overs later for 6 leaving Rishton 158/3.
The big wicket of Amjad was next to go LBW to Newton and the score at 207/4. The professional scoring 68 off 78 balls.
Wickets fell at a steady pace thereafter. Substitute fielder Masood (on for Hamza who has twisted his knee ligaments and now out for the season) caught Lambert for 14 having only been on the field 2 balls. Mall hit a quick fire 22 before hauling out off the bowling of Ashen.
Aspinall too 2 quick wickets bowled (Eddleston and Greaves) and another direct hit run out fielding from his own bowling to dismiss Curran.
Whilst wickets fell around, a superb innings from Rishton No5 Hilton (75* off 53 balls) helped Rishton to a final total of 302/9.
Anyway, 10 points, a bit further up the table and a great game. 625 runs in total on a glorious Sunday afternoon are what Derby days are about.