2:10pm Monday 9th July 2012
THE rain once again held sway as the Foster’s Lancashire League suffered yet another day of weather woe across the area yesterday.
Early afternoon sunshine gave way to heavy rain and six of the seven games will be replayed on Saturday, September 8 – the fifth and final fixed date of a season that is rapidly becoming more suited to ducks of the feathered kind rather than ones normally associated with cricket.
There was one result as Haslingden did manage to beat East Lancashire after chasing down a revised target of 64 in 20 overs at Bentgate after the visitor’s innings was halted by the rain on 104-7.
Todmorden were left rueing their fortune after they ripped out the Bacup top order at Lanehead with the home side on 38-5 after 20 overs.
James Morgan had claimed 3-3 from five overs before a second downpour brought a premature ending – but the short amount of action will be remembered for a fantastic catch from Elliott Gilford.
Gilford charged towards the boundary before diving to catch Henry Butcher’s drive as the ball dropped over his shoulder, a fine effort.
Church were also frustrated by the rain after knocking Enfield over for 81 in 28 overs in a Hyndburn derby between third placed and second placed rivals.
Andrew Bentley claimed five wickets but Church contributed 33 wides to Enfield’s total and when the rain came – and the clock soon ran down on the home side.
Rawtenstall posted 141-9 in their game at Ramsbottom with the home side not getting chance to start their innings, and the Nelson v Lowerhouse game at Seedhill also saw just one innings.
Nelson scored 138-8 before rain intervened. Rishton were fortunate that rain stopped play as they were rocking on 88-8 against Accrington while Colne posted 171-9 against Burnley – but they were 1.2 overs short of getting the 20 overs needed as Burnley replied.
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