Match Report – 2nd XI vs Milnrow – Away – 4th August 2019

Today we are at Milnrow Cricket Club. It will probably be my last visit to this nice little ground off the M62, off Harbour Lane, as the club have resigned from the Lancashire League and will return to the Manchester league next season I hear.

The club is over 150 years old and has that “Olde Worlde” look about it. Milnrow itself, during the Middle Ages, was one of several hamlets in the township of Butterworth and the parish of Rochdale. The settlement was named by the Anglo-Saxons, but the Norman conquest of England resulted in its ownership by minor Norman families.

Anyway, back to today, as the players arrive. This gives me the opportunity to witness a lovely moment as Paul Houldsworth admires Zain’s well-groomed beard….like a male model.

It’s a warm day….with a few clouds hovering, so hope the predicted thunder showers stay away.

Russ wins the toss and decides to bat first.

Newsflash: there is a Seagull walking round ground with a broken wing and feathers strewn across the ground. Hopefully our “wings” don’t get clipped today……..and we get off to a “fly”er……and the crowds “flock” here later…….and there are no “ducks”…….bored now.

Memory Alert: I recall when our 2s played here last year, it was when Saddleworth Moor fires were taking place, and we watched helicopters carrying water bags….looks a lot better today;

Team news as Milnrow only appear to have 10 players to start the game, albeit reliably advised someone else is coming to make 11…not sure way they said it that this person is an actual cricketer, but we will wait and see.

1st Innings:

Hamza and Zeain to open.

We get off to a steady start as the batsmen weigh up the bowlers for first couple of overs.

Gon on the off for my 1st lap of the day….

Newsflash:- Something not right about this sign….think about it…

2 nice shots for 4 from Hamza. We move our score on to 33-0 off 5. Going at a good pace.

Chance:- Zeain drooped. Score now on 79 off 14 overs.

Thought of the Day: how many laps do players do in a game…..suddenly my thought broken as Wicket:- Zeain stumped. Chris Oddie in at 3. Score 80-1.

A few more exchanges later…..Wicket:- Chris out caught behind. Score now 110-2.

Andy Brown in next. Shot:- 6 from Andy. Score moves 131-2.

New Event Alert:-….as we approach drinks their lads ask if I can help out and do drinks for them….happy to oblige as ever….saying that, never done drinks with a burger before… not the foodstuff….Burger Jr (Marcus)😊

Wicket:- Andy Brown out LBW. Score moved on to 153-3. Paul Houldsworth in next.

Score moves on to 193-3.

Wicket:- Hamza caught for 76. Score on 205-4. Russ Whalley at the crease next. Score moves to 233-4 with Russ and Paul playing some nice shots for 4. With 8 overs left…..Wicket:- Russ out caught. 245-5. Ben Rogers in next.

Injury Alert:- Paul retires hurt. Alex Kennedy replaces him. Unfortunately, Wicket:- Alex caught. Marcus Hamer follows. Score 263-6.

As we approach the close of the innings……..Wicket:- Ben bowled. 271-7…and shortly after another Wicket:- Marcus caught 271-8.

Innings closes on 272-8.

Summary:- a good score posted by our lads today and must be up there on total runs scored in games this season. As the players go for their well-earned tea break, I take a nap in the car….this match reporting is hard work…..took me 5 laps of the ground to write this!!

2nd Innings:-

We take to the field hoping to get an early breakthrough…..albeit will have to be quick if we are to manage to get back home to watch our 1sts….sorry too late already!!

Bottom Whiteheads to open from car park end. Steady first over as only a couple of runs scored.

Ste Schofield from clubhouse end…can he continue to bowl consistently well which he has done last couple of games. He does….a few “Oooohs” and “Aaaahs” from Ste as he comes close on a few occasions to take wickets as the batsmen seem to have holes in their bats as cant hit anything from both bowlers.

Breakthrough Wicket:- bowled Ste LBW. 6-1….we are off and running.

Player Alert:- is that Mr Kayley stood behind our keeper Ben….why is he facing other way and wearing a helmet?!

Sigh!!…….Jason left the match report!!

Chance:- dropped off the bowling of Tanny. Milnrow move score to 26-1. Albeit we don’t have to wait long as…..Wicket:- bowled Ste caught behind. Score 32-2.

Another Chance:- dropped Marcus off Ste bowling. Change of bowler:- Marcus Hamer on for Bottom Whiteheads. At the other end another change of bowler as Alex Kennedy on for Ste. We have spinners at both ends now to try and make their batsmen dizzy!

It works……Wicket:- caught Marcus Hamer bowled Alex Kennedy. Score now on 81-3. Good partnership from the 2 young lads.

Another Wicket:- bowled Alex caught Hamza. Score 96-4. The momentum continues as……Wicket:- another bowled by Alex, this time caught Andy with a great diving catch to his right. Score crept up to 116-5.

A few more exchanges follow with some good bowling and cagey batting. One of their batsman who seems to have just one shot in his repertoire….a heave towards cow corner….as he gets a few more runs albeit lucky on more than a few occasions to miss the fielders.

Wicket:- bowled Alex with a great googly. Score now 117-6.

The Milnrow batsmen continue to frustrate both bowlers for the next few overs as the score moves on to 162-6 with only 12 overs left. Looks like the target we set is safe.

As Captain Russ proceeds to bowl out the 2 young spin masters of Marcus and Alex, and as Alex pushes for his first 5fer…destiny isn’t looking too good as there are 4 shots hit in the sir in 4 consecutive balls in Alex’s next 2 overs which aren’t taken (to be fair 3 were more difficult than the other). Not to be as Alex and Marcus complete their overs….the future of our bowling attack is bright…well done both of you.

Change of bowlers as Zeain comes on for Marcus, and Tanny for Alex to close out the innings. Score 188-6 with 6 overs left to play.

Milestone:- 200 up for Milnrow whose players cheer….not sure whether that means anything significant or that they haven’t done that before. This question is resolved as one of their players state “we haven’t scored that in all of our matches combined this season”!

Wicket:- Run out by Ste Schofield with a direct hit. Score now 207-7.

Another Milestone:- Their “One Shot” batsman gets 50. Well played.

Wicket:- bowled Tanny caught Chris. 211-8. Another Wicket:- bowled Tanny. Score 211-9.

Last batsman (the person that turned up late)….can he survive?! Yes…best cheer of day as he defends a hat-trick ball from Tanny.

Final Wicket:- caught behind bowled Zain. Milnrow finish on 213 all out.

Game Summary – a good win for our 2nd team. Only a few mistakes in the field, but a good strong batting performance with stand-out performances from Hamza and Paul. From a bowling perspective there were 2 wickets apiece for Ste and Tanny, and a strong bowling performance from Alex with 4 wickets. Players of Match today go to Hamza and Alex.

Keep tuned in as we host Littleborough at home next week…..


Neil Kennedy

Match Report – 2nd XI vs Bacup CC – Sunday 14th July 2019

This week we welcome our visitors Bacup to Cliffe Park for our 2nd team fixture.

An early start today due to the club hosting breakfast prior to the Cricket World Cup Final prior to our game this afternoon. This is enjoyed watching our young Under 9s side. A full day of cricket ahead😊.

Following his healthy breakfast, Paul Houldsworth sets off to roll the wicket in advance of our game.

A big thankyou to our scorer today who has volunteered to support our fixture….following a lack of other volunteers……Mr Rick Law-Riding what would we do without our Rick.

Great Harwood to bat first.

1st Innings:

Hamza and Zain to open

We move the score on to 23-0 off 8 overs. A good steady start to proceedings.

The early exchanges are pretty even on what looks like a difficult wicket again. Saying that we advance to 39-0 off 14 overs. Hamza 24* Zain 8*.

Breakthrough for Bacup……Wicket:- Zain out LBW for 8 runs. Chris Oddie in at 3 who gets straight off the mark with a 4.

Sat on line with the bowler, what proceeds is a 4 “no ball” over from their young bowler whose front foot consistently over line……..hurray…umpire decided to give one eventually


Wicket:- Hamza caught on 32. Score on 65-2. Another nice Shot:- 4 from Chris.

Score on 80-2 at drinks.

Headache:- Chirpy lot these….every bowl a claim….they even shout for LBW when it hits the bat. Have the rules changed?! At least their wives get a quiet day whilst they are here….!

Wicket:- Chris out caught. 85-3. Paul Houldsworth in next. Unfortunately for once Paul doesn’t last long…..Wicket:- Paul LBW. 87-4

Andy Brown in next.

Incident:- Andy Brown dives to make his ground….nearly comes up short….luckily, he is a tall chap with long arms. Score now 90-4.

Wicket:- Andy out caught on boundary. 114-5 Russ in next.

Another Wicket:- Joel bowled. 148-6. Alex in next.

Wicket:- Russ bowled. Score has moved to 155-7.

Buck Rogers (from the 21st Century) arrives at the crease….but unfortunately Wicket:- Ben bowled. 155-8. We appear to be in freefall. Ste in next but follows straight away….Wicket:- Ste LBW. 155-9

Finally, Alex run out going for a very dangerous run.

We finish on 159 all out.

2nd Innings:

Ste to open from Dog Otter end. Great first over. Joel Houldsworth to open Scoreboard end.

What proceeds is a number of wickets fall bringing us right back into the game……as follows;

Wicket:- bowled Ste. 4-1

Wicket:- bowled Joel LBW. 6-2

Wicket:-bowled Ste LBW. 12-3

Wicket:- bowled Joel. 26-4

Good spells of bowling from both Ste and Joel…..come on boys we can do this.

Change of bowler as Paul Houldsworth comes on for Joel. At the other end there is also a change as Alex Kennedy for Ste.

Score now on 67-4.

Alex struggles to get consistency so a quick change of bowler, Abid for Alex 103-4.

Wicket:- bowled Paul LBW. 118-4

Bacup batsman gets 50…..well batted.

Fielding:- our fielding isn’t the best with multiple incidents of the ball not sticking and catches missed which is frustrating for the team….and me watching. Another dropped catch.

Catering Alert:- Russ shouts over and ask if I can do drinks…….I shout back “Course I Can….I need to drink watching this”……he didn’t mean that!! I proceed to the cabin to get the players drinks……….multi-tasking at best. “Don’t spill blackcurrant on anyone’s whites!” I tell myself. I am ably assisted by Jean Walker…what a double act.

Score on 125-5.

Remembrance:- As the game kicks off again, and as I sit down to continue watching our fielding…..I notice whose bench I am sat on. Pete Birtwistle’s bench….he was a Great Harwood stalwart through and through following not just Great Harwood Cricket Club but also a fan of Great Harwood Town FC whom I played for, for many years. God Bless you Pete. “Arrod-Ball”.

Wicket:- their batsman run out by Joel. He is smiling…..never thought I would see that in my lifetime!

Change of bowler as Zeain comes on and then Alex again.

Fielding gives Bacup more runs…..150-6. Bacup now only need 10 off 16 overs.

Wicket:- bowled Alex caught Paul in slips. 150-7.

Unfortunately, not enough as game closes with Bacup winning. Game Over.

In summary

It is pretty clear if we give teams 30 – 40 runs in the field we set ourselves a bigger challenge to win games which is disappointing. Difficult one today for my Player of Match…..I could give it to Joel who attempted a catch near the boundary and duly only managed to hit him down below…was funny though.

Albeit it didn’t go well with the bat, I give it to Ste Schofield who bowled really well.

On to next week….


Neil Kennedy

Match Report – 2nd XI vs Middleton CC – Away – Saturday 6th July 2019

Roving Reporter Neil Kennedy again….following a weekend off supporting Great Harwood Cricket Club’s Beer festival which I am pleased to say was a great success for the club…..not necessarily my liver!

On arrival at the ground, it appears we are going to have good weather so looking forward to a good game. The picturesque ground named Towncroft is one of my favourites that I have visited, and Middleton have played on this ground since the early 20th century so has some history.

As I tuck into my lunch, Marcus turns up for the game dropping his takeaway in the bin next to the ground (no frugal advertising in these reports but from a well known American Fast Food outlet known as the Golden Arches)….no wonder he is known as Burger Jr!

It’s all happening as Hamza turns up and sells his car in the car park…….game not started yet!

As I finish my lunch I notice a special guest in the Umpire hut…….thought Mr Kayley was playing tomorrow not today…

Anyway, on to the game…..Russ wins toss, and we bat first.

1st Innings:

Hamza and Harris to open.

Hamza 2 nice shots for 4. 14-0 off 3 overs. Making decent progress.

I make my way round the ground for my first lap….. News Alert:- Middleton groundsman looks tired…

Wicket:- Hamza bowled. 15-1. Joel Houldsworth in at 3. Unfortunately, he doesn’t last long…..Wicket:- Joel LBW. 16-2

Seb Whalley in next. We move the score on to 35-2 off 10 overs.

Wicket:- Seb out caught behind for 8. 47-3 Alex Kennedy in next. 71-3 off 20 overs.

Newsflash:- 3rd lap of the ground and good time to thank our scorer today Chris Hamer (or Burger Snr) who is settled in the scorebox with his scorer wife of the day….

110-3 off 26 overs……Harris batting really well and has moved on to 44 alongside Alex who is now on 26…..good partnership.

Wicket:- Alex out caught trying to drive one to mid-wicket (I think?!)…113-4. Paul Houldsworth in next.

Harris succeeds in getting his 50…well batted young man.

Wicket:- Harris bowled…..150-5. Captain Russ in next

Comedy Alert:- Run for single Paul shouts no…Russ turns back….then yes…Russ sets off again…where is the Benny Hill music when you need it.

A few wickets fall in the upcoming overs as follows;

Wicket:- Russ out caught. 181-5. Shovey in next. 7 overs left.

Wicket:- Paul bowled LBW. 197-7.

Wicket:- Ammer bowled. 214-8.

Wicket:- Abid out caught. 216-9.

Wicket:- Marcus bowled. 232 all out

We close the innings on a good score so hopefully we can defend this.


2nd Innings:

Shovey to open. Harris opens at the scoreboard

Early Wicket:- bowled Shovey caught Seb. 29-1. Good start.

Middleton move on to 42-1 off 7 overs……we need to get a breakthrough. Change of bowler as Marcus comes on for Shovey. Score 55-1.

Spectator view:- one of our supporters walks past and comments from the early overs bowled….”More extras than Ben Hur” 😊

Another change of bowler as Alex on for Harris.

Wicket:- caught & bowled Alex. 86-2.

Game proceeds and Middleton move to 105 at drinks. Run rate appears to be pretty level at this stage but their batters look set.

Change bowler as MC Ammer replaces  MC Hamer…….need to change some names for next report…highly confusing.

Newsflash:- as I take what must be my umpteenth lap of the ground I decide to visit the toilets at the other end of the ground…..unfortunately this turns into what I consider a bushtucker trial….

….thought Ant and Dec were going to turn up.

Change of bowler – Joel Houldsworth in for Alex.

Wicket:- bowled Ammer caught Paul Houldsworth in slips…….one handed…diving catch…full length to his right (that’s what Paul said anyway). 146-3.

Shot:-6 – their batsman gets 50. Well batted.

Change of bowler as Shovey comes back on for Ammer. 167-3

Wicket:- great throw from Abid in the field makes a direct hit. 193-4.

Wicket:- bowled Joel. 193-5. Got the man out who got 80. Come on boys.

Change bowler Abid for Shovey

Another Wicket:- bowled Joel caught Seb. 198-6. They need 20 off 5 overs…..

Wicket:- bowled Abid. 214-7. Change of bowler as Harris replaces Joel. They need 15 off 4 overs.

Unfortunately for us Middleton win with 3 overs spare.


This was a very close game, and we competed well, but in my view,  there were too many runs given in the field alongside some fielding errors. It was a great game to watch and we were all made very welcome by Middleton CC as their guests.

Player of Match 

Harris with his 65. Well batted


Neil Kennedy

Match Report – 2nd XI vs Nelson CC – Away – 16th June 2019

A bit of a shock to have a game on today following the recent Monsoon season. I have packed the car with every variation of coats and jackets I could put my hands on.

Today we make the short journey up the M65 to Nelson. We need to get back to winning ways following last 2 poor defeats. As we arrive at the ground the weather appears fine with breaks of sunshine through the clouds…..

So, what can I tell you about Nelson……..well obviously the birthplace of Horatio…….albeit from the ground you can’t see the docks where he would have parked his boat. The story goes he lost his eye in nearby Colne (or was it Corsica – not sure). Anyway, let’s hope our “Voyage” is worth the while…..and we “Sail” home with a “HMS” victory…………as we “wave” goodbye to our run of defeats. A few stumpings from Ben “Jolly” Rogers would be good as well.

We win toss and Captain Paul Houldsworth (in Russ’ absence) decides to bowl.

1st Innings:

Bottom Whiteheads to open bowling from Scoreboard end, whilst 3rd Team Captain Ste Schofield opens from clubhouse end.

Early Wicket:- bowled Ste. 23-1 off 5 overs.

Chance:- to slips, unlucky as a difficult chance to Andy Brown. Nelson move their score on to 36-1 off 10 overs. Some good bowling at both ends from Ste and Tanny.

Change of bowler as Ethan Houldsworth comes in for Tanny.

Another change of bowler As Alex Kennedy replaces Ste.

Wicket:- bowled Alex stumped Ben as the batsman impersonates someone off Strictly Come Dancing doing the Mumba down the wicket. Score is 59-2

We reach drinks (which is unusual of late as the only fluids I have seen is the rain tipping down. Score – 87-2.

Captain Paul mixes up our attack with another change of bowler as MC Ammer comes on for Ethan.

Fitness Alert:- Ste is like a magnet to the ball today putting in some miles in the field….fielding really well.

Wicket:- bowled Ammer caught Ethan. Score has moved to 114-3. Change of bowler as Joel on for Alex.

Wicket:- bowled Joel caught…..yes you guessed it…..Ste. 123-4

Weather Alert:- Yes……Rain starts to come down. The game continues as the players stay out there….hopefully only a shower….change of bowler as Harris on for Ammer. 156-4

Change bowler from the clubhouse end as Tanny on for Joel. Their batsman having a good knock and with 6 overs left moves on to his half century. Well batted (the round of applause is deafening from the 3 people watching). Heard later he got £1.22 in his collection……will lend him 8p to get a pint of Orange😊.

Wicket:- the Nelson young batsman out caught & bowled Tanny. Well batted for 22. Score creeps up to 195-5.

Wicket:- bowled Tanny. 195-6…..he would have been on a hat trick but end of over.

Wicket:- bowled Harris caught behind. 195-7

Wicket:- LBW bowled Harris.

Nelson finish on 197-8.

Good performance especially at the end and some really strong fielding.

2nd Innings:

Ben Rogers and Alex Kennedy to open batting.

Unfortunately the early partnership is broken as Wicket:- Ben out. In comes Andy Brown at 3. Score is 7-1.

Wicket:- Alex caught behind frustratingly as looked set. Score 29-2. Ethan in at 4.

A good partnership forming with Andy and Ethan as we move score on to 43-2 off 15 overs.

Wicket:- Andy bowled. Score on 44-3. Harris Masood in next.

The new pair don’t last long together as they go for a very tight run…..Wicket:- Ethan run out. Score 50-4. Mr Happy in next.

Wicket:- Joel (Mr Unhappy) bowled. Score 60-5….albeit we do have a good chance here with the overs left.

Captain Paul in next. Another strong innings here could lead us to victory.

As drinks break arrives score moved to 62-5.

Hate to say it but above us the clouds appear to be closing in again…..Score 84-5….20 overs left. Need 114 off the remaining overs.

Captain Houldsworth starting to hit out….6….and a 4.

Wicket!- Harris bowled. Score 112-6. Shovey in next as the rain starts to form.

Unfortunately, rain stops play with score on 114-6.

Various conversations now being had with various scores being called out as everyone tries to calculate the Duckworth Lewis (thought this was an Estate Agents!) Marcus (our scorer) informs me we are behind the run rate.

30 minutes on……..Doesn’t look like we will get back on.

Captain Paul shakes the hand of the Nelson Captain as Game called off. According to our scorer Marcus we get 4 points as we were behind Run rate.


Unfortunately, the weather ruins another weekend of cricket for our lads. I truly felt if the rain hadn’t arrived we would have gone on to win this game.

Difficult to pick a player of the match, but will give it to Ste Schofield for his tireless efforts in the field. Well done Ste.

On to next week……

Neil Kennedy

Match Report – 2nd XI vs Church CC – Home – 9th June 2019

After a washout yesterday where the 1st and 3rd team games were postponed due to waterlogged pitches, we welcome our near neighbours Church to The Cliffe.

I don’t believe there is anything more I can tell you about Church that you all already don’t know from my previous encounters with this club this season to date (I make it 6 including Hyndburn District games). My views of Church haven’t “Altered” though…….we have “congregated” at the ground so……..let’s “Christen” the weekend with a win……..and “Pray” we get a result….and hope “Aah Men” work well as a team. Anyway, enough of that.

The weather is fine and looking forward to a good game.

We are batting…..missed the toss so not sure who won.


1st Innings:

Hamza and Ben to open the innings. First couple of overs not much to report in runs but this is soon changed as….Wicket:- Hamza caught. Score 10-1.

In comes Dr Zeain at 3….not dressed in his white coat this week but playing instead.

Shot for 4:- nice shot Ben. Zeain also joins the party with a 4 & 6. The 6 managed to take one bounce then hit Hamza’s car….which sources at the ground tell me it has just been put up for sale. Anyway, comes with an added feature now……a dent!

Incident Alert:- a nice shot for 4 is stopped by their fielder by his foot….great piece of fielding stopping the ball inches from the boundary rope…apart from when he returned to pick the ball up his foot was grounded outside the rope….surely a 4? 2 runs signalled, and the fielder remains very quiet…..great sportsmanship.

Wicket:- Zeain out LBW playing an aggressive shot. Score 27-2. Ethan Houldsworth in at 4

Car Park Announcement:-

Hamza moves car from where Zeain struck it to another part of the car park…… it only me that finds it funny that he moves it in front of “Cars parked at Own Risk” sign.

Wicket:- Ben caught behind. 37-3. Unlucky as was batting well and looked set. Harris Masood in at 5….albeit doesn’t last long as is run out. 37-4 Captain Russ in next.

Newsflash:- Dobbo is here….must be free to get on today.

Ethan hits a single resulting in Captain Russ “sprinting” to make ground. Russ duly turns to what seems to be thanking Ethan for the run, stating……”what you doing you numpty”.

Wicket:- Russ caught. Score moved on to 46-5.

Paul Houldsworth in next. Father and Son partnership can hopefully stabilise proceedings and get us out of trouble.

Unfortunately not…..Wicket:- Ethan run out (don’t want to be part of the debate in the Houldsworth household later!). 47-6. Shovey in next, but doesn’t last long…Wicket:- Shovey out. 48-7.

An order reshuffle by the captain sends Alex Kennedy in next. Need someone to stay with Paul. This is also a first with Alex batting with his Coach for the first time in a competitive match.

Shot:- 6…Paul nearly takes his daughter out with a great shot…but great family teamwork as Ethan plucks the ball out of the air before it hits his sister….Well done Ethan.

Score on 59-7.

Paul and Alex seem to have stopped the wicket fall with some nice shots from Paul and some good defensive batting from Alex. After putting on a decent partnership (for today anyway)…..Wicket:- Alex caught behind final ball before drinks. Score 77-8.

MC Ammer in next – with clear instructions from the captain to stay there. Unfortunately,……Wicket:- Ammer bowled. Score 78-9. Must state at this point later in the day at Rishton Ammer did say that if the bat had hit the ball it would have gone for a 6….but as Paul reminded him……it didn’t!!

Bottom Whiteheads in last to try and get us to 100…….nice time in report for a Sponsorship mention and thanks for supporting the club……

Quite factual really as today probably doesn’t need to stay open that late as we will be finished early!

Wicket:- Tanny caught. We finish on 90 all out.

In summary not one of our best batting performances bar runs from Paul Houldsworth and a too brief partnership between Alex and Paul. Some silly run outs also added to our woes.


2nd Innings:

Tanny to open bowling from the Dog and Otter end. Paul to open from the Scoreboard end….hoping we get off to a good start with a couple of early wickets.

Early exchanges are tight albeit we can’t seem to find a breakthrough. Change of bowler as Ethan comes on for Tanny.

Score is 17-0 off 9 overs.

Change of bowler at the other end as Alex replaces Paul who has bowled excellently with 5 overs, 0 wickets for 2 runs. Score is creeping up at 24-0 off 11 overs.

Some more tight exchanges between bowlers and batters sees score move on to 46-0….off 17 overs. We desperately need a wicket but doesn’t look like we will get one.

Anyway we do……Wicket:- bowled Alex caught Harris. Score 47-1.

Change bowler as Zeain replaces Ethan. The captain is mixing the bowling up to either try and get a breakthrough or realising the game is slipping share the workload around.

Change bowler as Ammer comes on for Alex…..(to bring some Gas…still don’t know what this means or whether he works in a petrol station……anyway lets “pump” it up Ammer!. Score moved on to 68–1.


Don’t know what’s worse, watching our team struggle like this……or sitting with Mr Happy!! Actually, looks kind of happy in this photo….or he has wind!

Unfortunately, the game moves on to 27 overs and Church need 1 to win. Shortly after…..Game Over.

Summary – we didn’t seem to get going today with either bat or ball.

Player of Match

Has to be Paul Houldsworth for his batting performance of 36 not out and then bowling figures of 5 overs 0 for 2.

On to the next one…’ll be pleased to know not before another visit to Church next Friday in the T20 game…..will report back whether the Sky Sports Shed is open or the bar.

Neil Kennedy

Match Report – 2nd XI vs Milnrow CC – Cliffe Park – 19th May 2019

Sunday saw us welcome Milnrow to The Cliffe.

Having won the toss and (not) surprisingly opted to bat, in went Santa and Dr Ali to open.

A good solid start with some exquisite cover driving from Santa before the doctor left the surgery for 20 odd.

In came Ethan and the scoreboard ticked over nicely before Santa had to leave for the North Pole.

In strode the skipper, but soon after Ethan was out, quickly followed first ball by Seb, leaving old timer Houldsworth to face the hat trick ball. A short long hop was hit straight at the fielder who very kindly let it go through his hands for 4.

Russ didn’t last long hitting instead of eating a pie down cow shot’s throat.

Wickets fell regularly until the league’s finest number 11 Bottom Whiteheads came in to take the score past 250.

Harwood’s bowlers then bowled their usual array of wides and long hops to get Milnrow off to a decent start before regular…ish wickets fell leaving them needing 10 an over.

Despite some lusty slogging they fell 60 odd shy of the target leaving us with 10 points, though if the skipper could catch at slip it might have been 12.

Image by Mick Shore

Match Report – 2nd XI vs Enfield CC – Cliffe Park – 5th May 2019

Today sees our near neighbours Enfield visit The Cliffe to take on our 2nd team. Enfield have had a strong start to the season similar to our 2’s, so a close fought game is expected.

What do we know about Enfield…..not being a proper town or place am struggling to share any facts other than….well…’s Chairman is Howard Cook (an old football counterpart of mine) and the club was formed in 1859….and no before anyone asks I checked with Howard and he wasn’t around then!

Their first recorded result was a defeat against my favourite club Church (this club keeps popping up this season), and in 1892 they became founder members of the Lancashire League. That’s about it.

Weather is fine and slightly cloudy, but ground looks well;

Team news: In comes Hamza for Kaz as he moves up to the 1’s. Other than that same as last week.

Great Harwood to bowl first.

1st Innings:

Cockney to open bowling from the Dog & Otter end. Early chance as batter snips it towards slips but ball flies by the slips.

Ethan to open at the Watson & Ramsbottom scoreboard end.

Event Update:- Looks like a christening also on at the club today. Many cars and people here so should be a good atmosphere. For anyone out there that doesn’t know, Great Harwood CC have a great clubhouse for functions. Please get in contact with club via our website if interested……anyway advertising done…back to the game.


Wicket:– Caught Andy Brown in that position next to the slips (?!)…..Russ declares immediately to the umpire that it bounced….Great Sportsmanship from our team that gets a round of applause from the Enfield contingent. Not out given.

What follows is a nice shot for 6 from the batsman.

Wicket!– caught & bowled by Cockney following a very good spell of bowling. 29-1

Change of bowler as Shovey replaces Ethan. Wicket!- lbw Shovey against his old side from years ago. 33-2. Bash replaces Cockney as score moves on to 59-2 off 21 overs.

Another Wicket:– bowled Bash caught Chris Oddie. 71-3.

Change of bowler Alex for Shovey. Game still moving along at a slow run rate. Shovey then replaces Alex after a short spell. 109-3 12 overs left.

Wicket;– bowled Shovey caught Hamza. 112-4. This is followed by another Wicket:- bowled Shovey caught Russ in slips. Score on 123-5. Change of bowler as Ethan replaces Bash. At the other end Cockney on for Shovey. 153-5

The innings closes following another 15 runs with Enfield closing on 168-5….could have been more in reality so we have a chance.


Interval commences……Mick Deasey comes over and asks if anyone can help with the roller….showing some concerns Daryl Mount asks “What’s up with Russ…”.


2nd Innings:

Shak and Hamza to open for GHCC. We need a good start to attack the score posted by Enfield. Hamza plays what is probably the best shot of the day for 4…..this boosts our hopes. Unfortunately, doesn’t last long as….

Wicket:– Shak bowled for a duck. Score 7-1. Chris Oddie in at 3. A few more shots are played against some tight bowling from Enfield, but……

Wicket:- Chris caught behind. Ethan in at 4. Score moved on to 8-2.

The events that now unfold mean that due to me not going on a recent Creative Writing course, I will struggle to explain. Our score duly moves on to through 16 overs to a grand total of 33-2. I do try and keep these reports interesting but other than stating the above not sure what else to tell you…..other than a new Boyband have appeared at the club and are doing the “players walk” around the pitch… a mix of Oasis (Noony), Morrissey (Joel (Misery)) and……Right Said Fred (Guess Who!);

Back to the game as there is a Wicket:- Hamza out. 50-3. Russ in next who will hopefully move along the run rate….otherwise we wont reach Enfield’s total till a week next Thursday!!

Wicket:- Ethan out caught & bowled. Score 59-4. A couple of overs later…..Wicket:- Shovey out. 66-5.

Andy Brown in next….hopefully he doesnt take “arrest”……he can “bail” us out…….he doesn’t “cell” us short…….and he takes no prisoners……bored now!

Unfortunately follows another Wicket:- Russell out. 72-6. Cockney in next…reunited again….hopefully no calamitous run outs this week. Someone phone 999 as last week was like a scene from Police Academy 6.

Anyway, fears are muted as Cockney and Andy form a good partnership and are playing some nice shots….6:- Andy Brown. 40 needed off 6 overs. We move on to 130-7, but then there is another Wicket:- Andy out. Seb in next.

Wicket:- Seb out bowled. Bash in. Score on 145-8. Soon becomes 154-9 as Wicket:- Bash out. Final batsman Alex In. Defends first ball as requested by his skipper. Cockney on strike – come on. He goes for it in last over but unfortunately Wicket:- Caught out.

Game over. GHCC lose.

Summary – the game was lost from my opinion in 2 areas, firstly some of the fielding lost us some runs and opportunities, and then the first 16 overs killed us. The run rate was the slowest I have witnessed in my short time watching this sport, to the point that during this I painted a wall and watched it dry. Anyway there is always next week when we can put it right.

New Feature Alert:– For forthcoming reports will name a Player of Match (from my humble opinion). This week the performance of the game goes to Cockney, who bowled well and batted well.

Watch out for next week’s report… I move to the 3rds to report on their match against Rawtenstall.

Neil Kennedy

Match Report – 2nd XI vs Bacup CC – Away – 28th April 2019

Roving Reporter Neil Kennedy again….This week I have the pleasure of reporting on our 2nd team away at Bacup.

What can I tell you about Bacup…..the Cricket Ground is next to the Football Ground where I enjoyed playing against many moons ago…..and the pitch is on a hill. Historical fact:- Bacup is home to the 17 ft (5.2 m) long Elgin Street which held the record as the shortest street in the world until November 2006, when it was surpassed by Ebenezer Place, in the Scottish Highlands.

The town also has famous roots being the home of Sam Aston (Chesney) and Jenny McAlpine (Fizz) from Coronation Street…hopefully we can achieve a “series” of wins….and we don’t hit the “cobbles”…….and we can Rovers “Return” home with a win…..which means we will be on a Roy’s “Roll”……I know……that was “Soap-athetic”.

The ground looks in decent condition, and I must say this may actually be the first time ever of visiting Bacup for football or cricket that I may get a tan!

It also come on good authority that this club is renowned for good teas….can’t wait.

Team News: In come Andy Brown and Alex Kennedy for MC Ammer, and Harris Masood.

Following a good win last week hopefully Captain Russ can lead our troops to victory.

Great Harwood to bat first.

1st Innings:

Shak and Ethan to open batting. Following a tight first over we are off the mark – a nice shot for 2 from Shak. Ethan then plays a great shot for 4….followed quickly by another. We move nicely on to 31-0 off 6 overs.

The wicket looks a difficult one to bat on as some of the bowling keeps low and then the same length bowl skips up to chest height. The batsman are managing the conditions well though – well batted boys.

Oh No…..Wicket:- Ethan bowled for 23 from a bowl that kept very low. 48-1. In comes Chris Oddie on the back of early season form. Jinxed him…..Wicket:- Chris Oddie bowled. 51-2. Kaz joins Shak at the crease……6:- Great shot. The joy doesnt last long though….

Wicket:- Kas caught. 64-3. Shovey in next. It doesn’t take long before the next wicket falls….Wicket:- Shak out. 74-4. Seb Whalley joins Shovey, who proceeds to play a nice shot for 4. This moves us on to 78-4 at drinks.

Play resumes, then…..Chance:- Ridiculous cheer goes up from Bacup team for a caught behind. Shovey rightly stands his ground. Is this what cricketers call begging?!

Wicket:- Shovey proceeds to be caught behind. 83-5. In comes Captain Russ….can he stem the fall of wickets on the back of his half century last week? As usual Russ takes his time getting his eye in, playing a great shot for 4 from his 3rd bowl!

Spectator Alert:- The biggest round of applause goes up of the day thus far as Seb’s sister runs on the pitch to give Seb his drink. Great family support.

Well played Seb….ball skips up and defends it well. 6:- from Russ followed by a 4. Lets keep this going as we seem to have regained momentum. We move on to 149-5

Tearoom Update:- the ladies manning the tearoom persuade me to have a Turkey and Stuffing sandwich with some chips….what a great job they are doing and as mentioned earlier the food is great. Well done ladies and thanks for your hospitality.

Several overs later our Captain Russ, after playing some really great shots and well supported by his nephew Seb, reaches 50 moving us on to 162-5. Great innings Russ.

Unfortunately the excitement is short lived as……Wicket:- Russ out caught for 51. Andy Brown in next. 162-6. This followed by a pair of family wickets as….Wicket:- Seb c&b. 169-7. Cockney joins Andy Brown at the crease. The run flow has halted currently so we need to dig in and finish the innings as strongly as possible.

Comedy Moment Alert:- Wicket:- Andy Brown is run out. Albeit a devastating blow to our innings, the comedy moment comes from the way the wicket fell….bit like The Chuckle Brothers…”me to you to me to you to me to you” was the commentary from the players.

Press Notice:- When interviewed after the game, Cockney was asked about events leading up to and including the running out of the ex-policeman. He duly stated “No Comment”. 169-8.

Wicket:- Cockney out caught. 169-9. Alex Kennedy in at 11……Wicket:- Bash caught behind. We finish on 171 all out.

During the interval / lunch break / tea break – whatever cricketers call it, the clouds start to gather across Bacup. We are not forecast rain so hopefully it stays dry. It has gone a few degrees cooler though.

2nd Innings:

Kaz opens bowing from the car park end, whilst Ethan opens…….at the non-car park end (not much to describe that end to be honest).

Innings starts strangely amidst some frustration by Kaz, as umpire giving some very dubious wides. Some discussion takes place at the end of the over with the umpire, but to no avail.

Wicket:- bowled Kaz caught behind Seb. 14-1. Great start. This is then followed by a…….Chance:- diving catch from Seb off the bowling of Kaz….unlucky. We don’t have to wait long though for another…Wicket:- bowled Ethan caught Russ. 26-2. This is then followed by a third……..Wicket:- bowled Ethan. 31-3.

The target Great Harwood set which I wasn’t sure was enough, looks a difficult task for Bacup now……even harder now as………Wicket:- Run out. Fielded Chris Oddie stumped Ethan. 35-4.

A change bowler as Dad Bash comes in for Ethan. At this stage we are 49-4 off 14 overs.

Spectator Update:- I must now be on my 26th lap of the ground today with fellow spectators Paul Whalley, Aidy Prestage and Chris Hamer.

What then follows over several overs is a collection of wickets summarised as follows……Wicket:- c&b Bash. 50-5. A change of bowler as Shovey comes on for Kaz who bowled well. Wicket:- bowled Bash. 65-6, then another….Wicket;- bowled Shovey as batsman plays on. 73-7. This is duly followed by another….Wicket:- bowled Bash caught Kaz. 77-8. Bash then gets his fourth……Wicket:- bowled Bash caught Alex Kennedy. 85-9. Well bowled Bash

We have Bacup on the ropes now as we try hard to take the last wicket. It eventually comes…..Wicket:- bowled Alex caught Chris Oddie. Good catch Chris.

Game over – Bacup finish 93 all out.

Summary – after 2 great wins to start the season, hopes are high for Great Harwood 2s team as they look a realty strong side, with players coming in as required contributing to great team effort. Could there be silverware at the end of the season – who knows.

A good performance from the whole team. We move on to Enfield at home next week to see if we can make it 3 out of 3 against our local rivals.

This is Neil Kennedy – over & out.

Senior Indoor Nets 2018

We can confirm that this year’s Senior Indoor Nets will commence on Thursday 25th January.
These will take place from 8pm-9.30pm at  at St. Christopher’s CE High School in Accrington. 
All senior players, plus Hawks that have played regular senior cricket are invited to attend. 
Anybody wishing to join the club as a playing member is also very welcome to attend. 
If you are interested in joining us, or require any further information, please contact us
Details of indoor training arrangements for our Hawks Junior Section will follow separately in the coming days. 

Club Awards 2017

Hawks Junior Cricket Awards

Junior Cricket Coordinator Mick Deasey said: “ Our first season in the Lancashire Youth Cricket League has been our most successful ever. Pre-season our U-11 and U-13 sides won the Hyndburn Indoor Competitions and our U-9 side finished runners up. During the summer our U-9, U-11 and U-13 sides all won their respective divisions.The U-11 side went one better and won the U-11 cup defeating both the Division 2 and Division 1 champions along the way.

“Twelve of the club’s players represented Hyndburn in District Cricket with Alex Kennedy hitting 70 not out for the U-13 side and Matt Litherland scoring 64 not out for the U-11’s.

“Overall young player of the year was Haris Iqbal who won both the U-13 and U15 bowling awards and was runner up in the U-13 batting. 14 year old Harris Masood became the first junior to win the Senior Most Improved Player award. Harris played some excellent knocks in the 2nd eleven and finished the season opening the bowling for the 1st XI, taking the first 4 wickets in his first game against Bacup.

“In all the club presented 90 individual awards to 40 players.”

GHCC Young Player of the Year 2017 – Haris Iqbal

Hawks U9

U-9 Skills Award Winner 2017

Sam Newton
Throwing the Cricket Ball

Thomas O’ Doherty
Bowling at the Stump

Joshua Duckworth
Hitting Through Cones

William Thomson
Running Between Wickets

Jacob Houldsworth
Slip Catching

Sam Newton
High Catching

U-9 Lancashire League Winners Div. 3 2017 Lancs League Div 3

Sam Newton
William Armer
William Thomson
Joshua Duckworth
Hayam Younis
Thomas O’Doherty
Thomas Henderson
Maci-Mae Whitehead
Max Cocken
Oliver Sherriff
Lewie Hacker
Harry Cameron
Ashton Dewhurst
Jacob Houldsworth
Zachary Houldsworth
Charlie Southworth
Luke McNamara
Jack Rogerson
Alex Sherriff

Individual Awards

William Armer
Batting Prize U-9 2017

Joshua Duckworth
Bowling Prize U-9 2017

William Thomson
Fielding Prize U-9 2017

William Armer
U-9 Player of the Year 2017

Hawks U11

U-11 Hyndburn Indoor Competition Winners 2017

Sam Anderson,
Cameron Bousfield
Matthew Litherland
Lewis Elliott
Ismheel Shakeel
Euan Vickery

U-11 Lancashire League Winners Div. 3 2017
Lancs League Div 3

Sam Anderson
Cameron Bousfield
Lewis Elliott
Shaabaz Hussein
Matthew Litherland
Kasim Masood
Ismheel Shakeel
Euan Vickery
Rayhan Younis
Logan Hindle
Imran Khan
Sam Newton
Hayam Younis

U-11 Lancashire League Cup Winners 2017
Lancs League U-11 Cup

Sam Anderson
Cameron Bousfield
Lewis Elliott
Ismheel Shakeel
Euan Vickery
Kasim Masood
Logan Hindle
Shaabaz Hussein
Rayhaan Younis
Matthew Litherland

Individual Awards

Ismheel Shakeel
Batting Prize U-11 2017

Euan Vickery
Bowling Prize U-11 2017

Shaabaz Hussein
Most Improved U-11 2017

Hawks U13

U-13 Hyndburn Indoor Competition Winners 2017

Ethan Houldsworth
Alex Kennedy
Marcus Hamer
Lewis Cartmell
Haris Iqbal
Rayhaan Hussein

U-13 8-a-side Lancashire League Winners 2017 Div.2
8-a-side Competition Div. 2

Ethan Houldsworth
Alex Kennedy
Haris Iqbal
Rayhaan Hussein
Jack Roberts
Marcus Hamer
Lewis Cartmell
Samuel Davies
Lewis Elliott
Matthew Litherland
Kasim Masood
Thomas Newton
Stevie Hacking

U-13 Individual Awards

Ethan Houldsworth

Batting Prize U-13 2017

Haris Iqbal

Bowling Prize U-13 2017

Thomas Newton

Most Improved U-13 2017

Hawks U15

U-15 Individual Awards

Joel Bentham

Batting Prize U-15 2017

Haris Iqbal

Bowling Prize U-15 2017

Marcus Hamer

Most Improved U-15 2017

District Cricket Performance Awards

70 n.o. v Burnley District  U-13  2017  – U-13 – Alex Kennedy        
64 n.o. v Wyre District  U-11  2017 – U-11 – Matthew Litherland

Senior Cricket Awards

Despite a relatively disappointing season on the field, there was still much to celebrate from a Senior cricket perspective. Our first season in the Lancashire League was always going to be a challenge, but performances at times were impressive, and the impact made by some of the younger players shows the development work we have been putting in place is beginning to bear fruit. Along with the continued support and hard work of gifted senior players, this can only bode well for the future.

Player of the Year – Paul Houldsworth
Players’ Player of the Year – Sohail Ali
Fielder of the Year – Philip Aspinall
Champagne Moment – Hamim Miah
Fastest Fifty – Ammar Malik
Most Improved Player – Harris Masood
Club Person of the Year – Mick Deasey
The Aspire Globally Aspirational Club Member 2017  – Stuart Maher

1st XI batting
Paul Houldsworth

1st XI bowling
Stuart Maher

2nd XI batting
Sohail Ali

2nd XI bowling
Jason Kayley

3rd XI Batting
Rhys Holt

3rd XI bowling
Ammar Ali

Senior Performance Awards

David Kendall – 10-1-30-7 v Church 2nd – 22.07.2017
Hamza Qayoom – 100 v Rawtenstall 2nd – 20.08.2017

This Week 29th August – 4th September

Here’s what we’ve got coming up at GHCC this week: –

DayDateWhat's On
Wed17 Aug 22Hawks Academy U18 v Darwen CC (h) 6pm
Senior Training
Bar Open 6pm
Thu18 Aug 22Hawks Academy U13 v Darwen CC (a) 6pm
Hawks Academy U9b v Lowerhouse CC (a) 6pm
Senior Training
Bar Open 6pm
Fri19 Aug 22Hawks Academy Training
Bar Open from 5.30pm
Sat20 Aug 224th v Clitheroe CC 3 (a) 1pm
Sun21 Aug 22Hawks Academy U9 v East Lancs CC (h) 10am
Hawks Academy U9b v East Lancs CC (h) 10am
1st v Rawtenstall CC (h) 1pm
2nd v Rawtenstall CC (a) 1pm
Bar Open from 12pm
Mon22 Aug 22Hawks Academy U15 v Church CC (h) 6pm
Hawks Academy U11b v Darwen CC (a) 6pm
Bar Open from 6pm
Tue23 Aug 22Hawks Academy U9 v Bacup CC (h) 6pm
Senior Training
Bar Open from 6pm

This Week 8th – 14th August

Here’s what we’ve got coming up this week
DayDateWhat's On
Wed17 Aug 22Hawks Academy U18 v Darwen CC (h) 6pm
Senior Training
Bar Open 6pm
Thu18 Aug 22Hawks Academy U13 v Darwen CC (a) 6pm
Hawks Academy U9b v Lowerhouse CC (a) 6pm
Senior Training
Bar Open 6pm
Fri19 Aug 22Hawks Academy Training
Bar Open from 5.30pm
Sat20 Aug 224th v Clitheroe CC 3 (a) 1pm
Sun21 Aug 22Hawks Academy U9 v East Lancs CC (h) 10am
Hawks Academy U9b v East Lancs CC (h) 10am
1st v Rawtenstall CC (h) 1pm
2nd v Rawtenstall CC (a) 1pm
Bar Open from 12pm
Mon22 Aug 22Hawks Academy U15 v Church CC (h) 6pm
Hawks Academy U11b v Darwen CC (a) 6pm
Bar Open from 6pm
Tue23 Aug 22Hawks Academy U9 v Bacup CC (h) 6pm
Senior Training
Bar Open from 6pm