DEFENDING champions Lowerhouse bid to hang onto their Moorhouse’s Lancashire League Twenty20 crown tonight – but they face a battle royal as they head to Nelson.
The last-four clash at Seedhill pits two of Sunday’s Foster’s Worsley Cup semi-finalists against each other and promises to be a clash to savour.
Nelson have yet to win the T20 title but are looking good this year and moved through their group with ease.
That stroll included a win over the House, who managed to make the last four thanks to a dramatic win over Colne last Friday night.
Needing a big win to squeeze past Ramsbottom on run-rate, Lowerhouse found themselves staring down the barrel after Colne piled up 166 in just 16 overs.
But the House turned in one of the most memorable batting shows in years to ease home in just 62 balls to keep their hopes of retaining a trophy they won 12 months ago alive.
While Nelson have yet to win the trophy Haslingden were the first winners of the T20 when the competition was introduced back in 2005.
They beat Lowerhouse in a penultimate ball thriller back then but have yet to go close and hope to address that when they welcome Church to Bentgate in the other semi-final.
Former West Indies Test man Brenton Parchment is key to the tie and he skippers a Haslingden side which has impressed in this year’s tournament.
Church lost in the final to Ramsbottom in 2010 and would love to get their hands on some silverware after so many near misses in recent years.
Craig Fergusson’s men make the trip to Bentgate at full strength.