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SATURDAY 6th MAY

3rd XI v Bacup (h)
Bacup CC 3rd XI – 136 all out – GHCC 3rd XI – 137/4

Reported by Tim Holden

Our 3rd XI were back to winning ways on Saturday with a six-wicket victory over Bacup. With the threat of rain in the air the captain, Richard Law-Riding, opted to bowl first after winning the toss.

Some tight early bowling from openers David Kendall and Joel Bentham saw Great Harwood able to apply some early pressure. This paid off when Kendall was able to claim the first wicket with a leg before decision in his favour. Throughout the Bacup innings it did look as though the game was in the balance as some excellent running from their batsmen often meant that they looked like seizing the initiative. However, with overs running out and regular wickets being taken the run rate was never allowed to get out of hand.

With Harwood seemingly happy to restrict the runs, Richard Law-Riding turned to opening bowler Kendall, who clearly had other ideas. A devastating spell of four wickets in four balls, the final two being clean bowled, skittled Bacup for 136.

Replying with the bat, Harwood were able to make a steady start putting on 48 before the fall of the first wicket. The loss of Tim Holden did little to trouble fellow opener Matthew Oddie who continued in fine form; eventually contributing 70 not out.

Following two recent close defeats to Church and East Lancs the thirds were keen to wrap up maximum points and did so with overs to spare. It was a pleasing overall performance with particular mention being reserved for David Kendall with his five wickets and Oddie’s contribution with the bat.

SUNDAY 7th MAY

2nd XI vs Haslingden (a)
Haslingden CC 2nd XI – 213/7 – GHCC 2nd XI – 193 all out

Reported by Tim Holden

Our 2nd XI went into their game at Haslingden keen to build on their cup victory against Todmorden last week. Unfortunately, this wasn’t to be as they fell just twenty runs short of what would have been a fine win.

Captain, Geoff Allen, opted to field first on what looked to be a wicket that would be favourable to bowling. However, Haslingden were able to get on top early with some solid batting. Harwood’s bowlers found conditions tough and were not helped by some lapses and misjudgments in the field. Cameron Holt picked up the first wicket as Hassy’s opening batsman mistimed a pull to mid-wicket. This did little to limit the run rate as Haslingden continued their good start.

Following the drinks break Harwood found that they were able to take wickets regularly but it didn’t seem in doubt that a 200+ score was on the cards. Even with a double wicket maiden from Matthew Oddie and the usual contribution of tight bowling from skipper Allen, Harwood knew they faced a stern test with the bat.

And so it proved. Early wickets fell as Harwood quickly found themselves three down. However, as Richard Shovelton was joined at the crease by Haris Masood, the fightback started. Harwood looked on top as both batsman were rarely troubled. Nevertheless, the game turned in Haslingden’s favour with Shovelton well set on 65 not out. With the run rate beginning to creep up Shovelton was unfortunately run out going for a second.

Masood was removed soon after leaving Harwood staring at defeat. However, a lower-order mini revival sparked hopes of victory with a fine 27 from Cameron Holt. This included a “monstrous” six from Holt, which I didn’t see as I was in the toilet at the time. I should have stayed there as my return brought another wicket. With the rate pushing close to 8 an over Harwood’s final pair were unable to find the boundaries needed and were bowled out with just over two overs remaining.

1st XI vs Haslingden (h)
Haslingden 289-4
GHCC 78

Reported by Andrew Law-Riding

We were wedgied by Haslingden.
That is all.

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