The Graham Porter Challenge Trophy

Both Rishton & Great Harwood Cricket Clubs are delighted to announce that this coming weekend we will compete for the inaugural Graham Porter Challenge Trophy.

Graham has been a wonderful friend to both clubs, and his legacy had been invested by both clubs in their facilities in recent years. We are both indebted to him for all he has helped us improve at both our facilities in the last couple of years.

So with that in mind, and to carry on our ‘friendly’ local rivalry, we are delighted to have agreed 3 competitive fixtures taking place across the weekend of 18th/19th July.

The Graham Porter Challenge Trophy will have 7 points available.

A 3rd XI fixture held at Great Harwood CC on Saturday 18th July 2020 will be worth 2 pts to the victor.

On Sunday 19th July 2020, our 2nd XI and 1st XI will face off.

At Rishton, our 2nd XIs will face off in a contest worth 2 pts

At Great Harwood, our 1st XI’s will face off in an all-amateur match worth 3 pts

All matches will be over 40 overs and will start at 1.00 p.m.

The club with the most points at the conclusion of all 3 ties will take home the Graham Porter Challenge Trophy.

And the Trophy will be played for as annual event thereafter

We hope you can support our brilliant community clubs on what will hopefully be a brilliant weekend.

 

John Curran, Chairman (Rishton) & Stuart Maher, Chairman (Great Harwood)

1st XI vs Rishton (a)

Today’s game is the small matter of a local derby, as our 1st XI travel down Lee Lane to take on Rishton at Blackburn Road.

Thanks to the Lancashire League fixture compilers for putting this one on a Saturday!  Tomorrow is a write off, whoever wins.

1st XI vs Rishton (h)

What a game for the home opener!  Our 1st XI welcome Rishton to Cliffe Park for an early season battle of Lee Lane.

We will be looking to repeat last season’s hard fought victory, where 43 from Thikshila de Silva and 34 from Paul Clifford saw us chase down Rishton’s 166/9 with 10 overs to spare.

1st XI vs Rishton (h)

Local rivals Rishton will arrive at Cliffe Park for a Lancashire League local derby in a game that will decide to which town Lee Lane belongs for the entirety of the 2019 winter.  First ball will be at 1pm.

Match Report – 1st XI vs Rishton CC – Away – 9th June 2019

On the back of last week’s win at Rawtenstall, we went into today’s local derby game with a renewed sense of confidence, one not remotely diminished by the poor weather, which had put paid to the previous two days’ scheduled fixtures.

Today was brighter, one of those grey days with the remnants of puddles from previous wetness and a little drizzle in the air but not enough to consider it at any point raining. Today we would have a game. And what a game.

1st Innings

Arriving at Rishton, I found we were batting, and following last weeks solid start, we would see the Oddie/Bunn combination once again at the top of the order.

Rishton’s chairman would umpire today at square leg, as one of the standing umpires was not present.

We got off to a fine start, taking 17 off the Rishton captain’s first three overs, before he took himself off, turning to the spin of Mall to pair their professional Amjad.

From this point, progress was slow. Oddie fell with the score on 39, bowled by Mall, bringing professional de Silva to the crease. He and Bunn battled well under difficult conditions, moving the score to 69 before Bunn was trapped LBW by the particularly impressive Mall.

Allan Armer came in as Amjad was replaced with the leg spin of Eddleston. On the back of his explosive 56 last week, hopes were high of further entertainment this week. Alas it was not to be; Eddleston dropped one short and, having sensed an opportunity to cash in, Armer hit it hard, but straight to the man at cover.

Kaz Masood (3) and Jack Hussain (3) both stuck around for a while, supporting Sanka who was quietly going about his business at the other end, and Danny Briggs (6), facing his old team also provided able support, without being able to get the ball away freely.

Sanka Picks up the Pace

The wicket of Briggs seemed to trip a switch in Sanka, who started to hit boundaries for fun. He passed 50 and in no time was approaching what would have been a well deserved century.

He took Eddleston for three concurrent sixes at the start of an over, before attempting to give the fourth ball the same treatment, and being caught on the edge, at the top of long on’s reach, from a shot that seemed to come off the toe of the bat. A remarkable 91 from 80 balls, with the last 51 of those coming in just 22 balls.

Following Sanka’s dismissal, Paul Clifford continued to take the game to Rishton, hitting a six and two fours in a run a ball 23, before Maher and Newton contributed another 24, including a big 6 off the pro for the latter, helping us to reach 211-9.

A competitive score, but one Rishton would have gone into the tea break feeling they could chase.

2nd Innings

We opened the bowling with the combination of de Silva and Maher. A trip to the bar to catch the end of the football meant I missed the first wicket, Taylor caught by Briggs off Maher leaving Rishton 20-1, but bringing the dangerous Mansoor Amjad to the crease.

He and Patel put on 82 for the second wicket, grinding out runs as our spinners, Briggs and the in-form Newton made run scoring difficult without ever looking like taking a wicket. With overs in hand, the game was getting away from us. We needed a wicket, we certainly needed Amjad out.

Oddie threw the ball to Faheem, and very first ball he got the breakthrough. Surprising Amjad with a little extra pace than he was perhaps expecting and trapping him LBW. When he followed this up with the subsequent wickets of Patel (44) and Sanderson (7), and Leathert fell at the other end caught by Bunn off the bowling of Maher, Rishton were 146-5 and looking some way off the target.

Their captain Boddie was still there, and we’ve seen before how capable a batsman he can be, but he needed somebody to stick with him. Afsak Patel more than provided this service, not only supporting, but taking 20 off one over to relieve the pressure of a building requires run rate and leave our opponents needing 4 an over with 7 to go.

Patel was out, caught behind off the returning de Silva, and for the second straight week, we took the game to the last over.

Last Over

Rishton needed four to win, Maher to bowl, Boddie on strike.

First ball – dot – through to the keeper – 4 off 5

Second ball – 2 to long off – 2 required off 4

Field all brought in to prevent the single, forcing the batsman to hit over the top to score

Third ball – SIX – slightly short and clobbered over the legside towards the scoreboard. Rishton win, and Boddie reached 50 in the process.

Summary

Not the result we were after, but a great game to watch, as all of the derbies between ourselves and Rishton have been since our move to the Lancashire League.

We move on to next week, still rooted to the foot of the table but with many positives to take. We’ve been much more competitive in recent weeks and whilst at times this season we’ve been outplayed, this result was nothing of the sort. A game of fine margins that we were right in to the very last and had a few things fallen our way, we could have easily been walking away with a second straight victory.

Next Week

Next week is a busy one, seeing us play T20 away at Church on Friday, before we try for a third time to play our Worsley Cup game at Clitheroe on Saturday, then our 1st and 2nd XIs face Nelson on Sunday.

Here’s to a dry weekend, and one with a victory or four to report on.

1st XI vs Rishton (a)

The battle for Lee Lane takes place on enemy soil as our 1st XI take the short journey to Blackburn Road to face our local rivals Rishton.  GHCC will be looking to retain Great Harwood’s ownership of Lee Lane after victory in an entertaining and high-scoring game last season.

T20 vs Rishton (a)

Our 2019 Lancashire League T20 fixtures get underway with the tiny matter of a game vs Rishton, away at their Blackburn Road ground on Friday 31st May.  Game due to start around 6:15pm.