Lancashire League: House happy with win

Keith Roscoe claimed four wickets

Keith Roscoe claimed four wickets

First published in Sport Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

Lowerhouse came out on top in the big game at Rawtenstall – but they were made to sweat as Rocky put up an amazing battle to chase a tough reduced target.

The House seemed set for a 300-plus total when rain took out eight of their overs when well set but in the end they managed a still daunting 250-7 from 43 overs.

Matt Walker made a magnificent 88, while Jonny Whitehead was outstanding as he hit 60 and Cobus Pienaar also contributed 42 with Keith Roscoe – who was hit for three successive sixes by Walker – claimed 4-97.

After more rain play resumed at 6.18pm with Rocky needing 159 from 22 overs but they lost Vinny Hanson and pro Brett Pelser cheaply and it seemed mission impossible.

But Sam Kershaw led from the front with 42, while Dean Barlow and Andy Riley then tried their hardest to get their team over the line.

Barlow fell for 49 but Riley took the fight to the final over and finished 29 not out with Rocky 10 short.

Graham Lalor claimed four wickets as Burnley finally got off the league mark with a win over Todmorden, their second of the weekend against the Centre Vale outfit.

Tod were shot out for 68 at Myprotein Turf Moor and Bharat Tripathi's men eased home.

Nelson’s wonderful run came to a jolting end as they were well beaten at Ramsbottom after being rolled for just 99.

Daryn Smit claimed six wickets for the hosts at Acre Bottom and while rain threatened to wreck the Rammy win bid and fewer than the required 20 overs available skipper Rob Read opted to chase the full total off 13 overs and they got over the line by nine wickets.

Colne pro Ali Azmat hit 184 not out ass his side thumped Bacup. Azmat’s wonderful six-laden innings helped Colne to 254 with 138 coming from the final 13 overs.

Bacup were then bowled out for just 154.

Adam Bracewell made 87 as Enfield beat Rishton. Bracewell and Liam Bedford (55) and Werner Coetsee (53) helped Enfield up to 246. Rain saw the target amended to 147 in 23 overs and despite Abdul Biswoodall's half century Rishton fell short.

Accrington beat East Lancashire at Alexandra Meadows and leaders Church suffered a home loss to Haslingden in yet another game hit by the weather.

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