USMAN Arshad produced a stunning display of bowling to safely guide Lowerhouse Under 11s Bears safely through to the second round of the cup.

The House ace claimed 5-0 in an impressive victory over Bacup.

Batting first, Lowerhouse posted a healthy 288-3 off their alloted overs with three players in particular contributing well with the bat.

Jack Spence top scored with an unbeaten 25 while Aman Singh (17) and Yousaf Nadem (16) also didn’t lose a ‘life’ during their spell at the crease.

While Usman was rightly the pick of the bowlers, James Bridge (3-2) and Josh Butterworth (2-8) more than played their part as Bacup were bowled out for 142.

Lowerhouse U15s also marched on in the cup as an opening stand of 41 paved the way to victory against Ramsbottom.

Dec Standsfield played some big shots in his unbeaten 25 while Max Dawson (24) and Ethan Laraway (11) helped Lowerhouse to 100-3 Ramsbottom were restricted to 87-5 with Jack Moodie claiming 2-12.

The steadily improving Lowerhouse U11s Cubs slipped to defeat against Accrington.

Thomas Holden took 2-2 as Accrington posted 253-4.

In reply, the Cubs scored 226-4 with Henri Cottam and Anthony Barrett both unbeaten on 13 and 11 respectively.

House U11s Koalas – mainly made up of under nines and newcomers – won at Church.

The hosts batted first and finished with 207-4 with Dec Metcalfe taking 2-9.

The Under Nines teams enjoyed two good wins over their Rishton rivals.

The Hornets, who scored 231-4, beat Rishton (185-8) thanks to the efforts of bowlers Rory Cormack (3-2) and Oliver Williams (3-4) sealed victory.

Charles Wilkes, with 2-7, was the stand-out performer for the U11s Bees as he helped restrict Rishton to 219-7 with Lowerhouse scoring 236-3 to clinch victory.