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FRIDAY 16TH JUNE

T20 v Rawtenstall CC (h)
Rawtenstall 124-6 – GHCC 125-1
GHCC win by 9 wickets

Image courtesy of Nigel Stockley and lancashireleague.com

Image courtesy of Nigel Stockley and lancashireleague.com

The Moorhouses T20 resumed on Friday with GHCC needing a win in order to retain any hope of progressing from the group following disappointing defeats against holders Church and away at Bacup.
With Harwood bowling first, Rawtenstall got off to a flyer, professional Andrew Payne hitting 2 fours and a six before falling to a stunning diving catch at cover by Ashen Silva.
Rizwan Shafiq scored an impressive 38 off just 28 balls and it looked for a time as though we would be chasing a hefty total. But a tight spell  from Ashen Silva (1-12), 3 wickets from Paul Newton and some excellent bowling at the death from Stuart Maher pegged them back, leaving us 125 to win.
In response, we were never really troubled. Allan Armer looked very good for his 25, and on another day would have been double that as he hit the ball hard straight at fielders multiple times, whilst at the other end Ash went about his business as impressively as we have become accustomed.
Allan was bowled by Adil Hussain, but this brought Hamim Miah to the crease. He hit 2 fours and 2 sixes on his way to a 25 ball 34, with Ash passing 50 as we reached the target with 2 overs to spare.
Ash closed 58* including 7 fours and a six, and this, coupled with his 1-12 meant he picked up the Moorhouses man of the match award.
So a win, which will have undoubtedly delighted some of our newest Twitter fans. For those new visiting the site, we have a comments section at the end of each post in case you need more than 140 characters to express your thoughts.
No T20 next week, but we’re back in action on Friday 30th June, travelling to Rishton for what could be a winner progresses game.

SATURDAY 17TH JUNE

2nd v Accrington CC (a) – Telegraph Cup
Accrington 204-9 – GHCC 189-9
GHCC lose by 15 runs
By Tim Holden
On a hot, sunny day in Accy the seconds came up just short in the cup quarter finals.
Captain Sohail Ali won the toss and chose to field (!). The seconds were bolstered by the inclusion of Russell Whalley and Matt Bunn but found themselves hampered early on by the late arrival of Adam Masood.
Accrington started well with the bat posting 77 before the fall of the first wicket in the 21st over. Greenwood fell just short of a half-century on 49. As Zeain Ali and Harris Masood found little swing and movement captain Solo turned to the experience of Whalley with the ball. Russ was quick to find an accurate line and length and bowled an excellent spell of ten overs for just 19 runs. He also picked up the wicket of Ramiz Hussain for a duck with an excellent delivery that moved sharply on the batsman to remove his middle stump.
Nevertheless, Accrington continued to look to score with intent against Harwood’s pace bowlers. With Adam Masood unable to bowl until the very end of the innings Geoff Allen came on and did what he always does. Tight bowling from Allen saw the Accrington batsmen frustrated as he picked up 4-32 from his ten overs.
Although a score of 200+ looked good it was still the case that Harwood required just over four an over on what looked a decent batting wicket. However, the GHCC batsmen found it difficult to score at the required rate. Opener Timmins was removed for four before poor calling from Holden ran out the unfortunate Chris Oddie. This brought Matt Bunn came to the crease though and he began to take the attack to Accrington. When he was joined in the middle by Russell Whalley hopes were renewed that Harwood might chase down the runs.
However, Accrington, with economical bowling and clever field placement, kept the rate in check. Pressure built as Whalley was removed for 35 and was soon quickly followed by Solo Ali (2). This left the late order a little too much to do. Despite a spirited effort from Adam Masood, Ammar Malik and Zeain Ali the seconds fell 16 runs short.
It was also pleasing to see the game played in the right spirit as Accrington, bucking a seeming recent trend, didn’t feel it necessary to give every single batsman an unnecessary send off. For that reason alone I wish them every success in the next round.

SATURDAY 17TH JUNE

3rd v Clitheroe CC (a)
GHCC 158-9 – Clitheroe 151-8
GHCC win by 7 runs
On Saturday our 3rd XI travelled to play Clitheroe 4 and, with captain Richard Law-Riding out likely for the season having dislocated his knee trying to Cruyff turn a ten year old, the baton was again passed to Ste Schofield.
Batting first, Matt Oddie (24) and Seb Whalley (11) set us on our way, posting 36 before Sen fell in Palmer’s first over. Palmer (4-19) wreaked havok tearing through our top order as we crumbled to 45-4.
David Holt provided some resistance with a battling 15, but when he fell we were 89-7 and struggling.
Enter Niall Holt. His 57* from 70 balls included 7 fours and a six. He was ably supported by our lower order including a 13 ball 0* from debutant Alex Kennedy, which enabled Niall to add 18 vital runs, passing 50 in the process. GHCC closed 158-9
In response, Clitheroe looked to be cruising to victory, as they reached 115-3 from 26 overs, however a magnificent spell of bowling from both Matthew Oddie (2-21) and Niall Holt (3-12) restricted Clitheroe to a further 36 runs from the last 14 overs as we pulled off an unlikely victory, as they finished 8 down and just 7 runs short of the target.
A satisfying win, with Niall Holt clearly the MVP but Ste’s captaincy reported by many to have also been a key factor.
On to the next one!

SUNDAY 18TH JUNE

1st v Lowerhouse CC (a)
Lowerhouse 333-5 – GHCC 254-6
GHCC lose by 79 runs

Image courtesy of Nigel Stockley and lancashireleague.com

Image courtesy of Nigel Stockley and lancashireleague.com

So, the sun was shining, it was baking hot, hotter than a McDonald’s Apple Pie, and Captain Chaos, the unlucky tosser, struck again and we found ourselves, not unsurprisingly, being asked to field.
But it was the second ball of the match that shaped the entire day, when Lowerhouse opener and captain Ben Heap was given not out caught behind, much to the disbelief of almost everyone in attendance, including the non-striking batsman Barlow.
We hoped that this decision would not affect the game, but a club record 175 out of a club record 333 might indicate otherwise.
Players were unhappy at the captains on field admission that he had in fact hit the ball, and unhappier at the umpires apology at the interval that he may have got it wrong.
Nonetheless on an excellent track for batting  and with memories of a good batting display at Todmorden fresh in our memories, we set off with the belief we could get the runs.
It was great to see wicketkeeper Armerstar bat beautifully for his 74, falling only to a caught and bowled off a Martin full toss.
Another (standard) 50+ score from Ashen kept us in with a sniff of a chance, but as we tried to accelerate and pull off the most remarkable of run chases, the loss of key members of the upper order and a reality check saw us confidently bat out the remaining overs, with excellent contributions throughout from Chippers, Houldsy and Yousuf saw us get to 254-6 in our 50 overs.
Perhaps the difference in the sides was illustrated by the batsman’s decision to stand  his ground and our professionals instant reaction to not claim a catch that some may well have tried to say they had. And that only cost us 132 runs too!

SUNDAY 18TH JUNE

2nd v Lowerhouse CC (h)
GHCC 163-9 – Lowerhouse 168-5
GHCC lose by 5 wickets
By Tim Holden
On Sunday the second eleven entertained Lowerhouse at The Cliffe. Solo Ali once again won the toss and with another hot day in prospect chose to bat (hooray!).
Unfortunately Harwood’s batting was not able to make this count as the early wickets of Qayoom (8), Chris Oddie (3), Adam Masood (5) and Freddie Timmins (10) saw the seconds reduced to 37-4. However, this brought the skipper, Solo Ali, to the crease and he soon set about trying to take the attack to a lively Lowerhouse side. With three fours and two sixes Ali looked well set before misjudging a drive and being stumped for 32.
Harwood continued to battle though and refused to fold. This determination was clearly seen in a fine late-order knock from Zeain Ali who finished with 32 not out.
With just over 160 on the board it always looked likely that Harwood would struggle to restrict Lowerhouse and would be in need of wickets. Things looked promising when Zeain Ali picked up the wicket of Simm in the second over.
However, Lowerhouse captain, Deakin-Pickard (and you’ll note that I’ve avoided a Captain Picard joke here) led from the front with the next generation of Lowerhouse players (ok, so I haven’t) supporting him. Lowerhouse continued to score freely with Deakin-Pickard adding a fine 89 not out. He would surely have gone on to a century had the runs been there. He was ably supported by Wright (23) and Uttley (24). Lowerhouse were home with thirteen overs to spare.
S forward to next week, where our First and Second teams face Accrington, whilst our 3rd XI make the trip to Todmorden.

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