Worsley Cup round-up

Lancashire Evening Telegraph

12 May 1998

BACUP took just under three overs to snap up the final two Enfield wickets at Dill Hall Lane and secure their place in round two of the Worsley Cup.

Medium pacer Terry Lord had done the damage on Sunday evening when collecting 4-10 to leave the home side on the brink at 70-8 chasing 161 for victory.

Warren Eastham was the first man out last night, holing out to Matt O'Connor off the bowling of David Ormerod for six.

And professional Brad White wrapped things up with his fourth wicket of the match, when Mark Taylor held on to another skier to dismiss David Bracewell, as Enfield crumbled to 80 all out.

Keith Arthurton holds the key to the outcome of Rawtenstall's clash at Todmorden with his side needing almost a run a ball from the last 10 overs when they resume tonight. Just under 10 overs were possible when they attempted to finish the game last night with Todmorden claiming two wickets and Rawtenstall adding 36 runs to remain as marginal favourites.

However, with 59 required from 10 overs much will depend on Arthurton who took his score on from 39 to 60 not out, passing 50 from 76 balls with seven fours in all.

The left-hander gave one very difficult caught and bowled chance to Duncan Parker but Todmorden's successes came for John Barker who removed opener John Hall and Glen Barker with Vasbert Drakes keeping his three remaining overs back until tonight.

Lowerhouse were unable to press on for victory at Burnley as rain prevented a resumption.

And the bad weather prevented a single ball from being bowled in the matches between Church and Nelson, Colne and Accrington, and Haslingden and Rishton.

Play will continue this evening in all the uncompleted matches.

11 May 1998

Hat-trick Hamish is Haslingden hero!

Lancashire Evening Telegraph

Lancashire League round-up (Saturday)

HASLINGDEN professional Hamish Anthony was the hero as he picked up a hat-trick in his side's win over Bacup at Bentgate.

Anthony snapped up the last three wickets of Terry Lord, David Ormerod and David Warren to achieve his feat, in a match haul of 5-11, as the visitors crumbled to 98 all out.

Only professional Brad White made any real impact with a stubborn 40.

Haslingden found life difficult in reply, losing wickets at regular intervals.

But Anthony (26 no) provided a few fireworks when he arrived at the middle and eventually guided his side to a five wicket win, as they finished on 100-5.

Ian Harvey made his mark on the league with a superb all-round performance to guide Ramsbottom to an eight-wicket win over Rawtenstall.

The Australian took 8-32 from 18.2 overs to skittle the home side out for 105 after they had won the toss.

And he then hit an unbeaten 82 to guide his side to a first victory of the season which he sealed with a cut six off Richard Wood.

The Victorian all-rounder varied his pace to great effect as only Rawtenstall opener John Hall and young middle order man Adam Wilson, who later got a blow in the eye when attempting to stop a Harvey cover drive, reached double figures. However, the prize wicket fell to Michael Haslam as he removed in-form professional Keith Arthurton for just one as he mis-timed a drive to skipper Ian Bell at mid-on.

Bell then perished early in Ramsbottom's reply but Harvey played his way into form and familiarised himself with English conditions with 82 from just 73 balls with 11 fours and three sixes.

East Lancs cruised to an easy eight wicket victory over Burnley at Alexandra Meadows thanks to the bowling efforts of veteran Ian Haworth and professional Brad Young.

A 12 over spell by Young of 2-4 put the brakes on the visitors in the early stages of their innings and they were 31-3 at the halfway mark.

Only professional Anthony Botha (32) and Ian Whitehead (35) showed any application as Burnley were finally dismissed for 116 in the 54th over.

Haworth finished with an impressive haul of 5-24 and Young grabbed 4-32.

East Lancs got their run chase off to an ideal start as openers David Pearson (23) and Phil Bolton (26) put on 54 for the first wicket. Young (38 no) and skipper Mark Lomas (21 no) then saw the Blackburn side home, winning the game with a six off Michael Brown's first ball, with nearly 10 overs to spare.

Todmorden professional Vasbert Drakes's efforts were all in vain as his side were beaten by Church at Blackburn Road.

Drakes bowled with real fire to rip through the Church middle order to claim 7-49.

But a late rally from skipper Pete Gilrane (40 no) took his side to 132 before Drakes blew away the tail.

Some outstanding bowling from Mark Aspin (3-17) soon had the Todmorden top order in trouble.

And despite a brief recovery from David Whitehead (23) and Mark Clayton (20) the visitors were skittled for 90, with Neil McGarrell taking 3-30 and Nick Westwell 3-8.

Enfield had to settle for a draw in their match at Colne, despite rattling up 192-8 off their 55 overs.

Russell Edmonds lead the way with a stylish 60, ably supported by Tofeeq Khan's 38 and a typically quickfire 50 from professional Otis Gibson. Joe Scuderi was the pick of the Colne attack with 4-44, backed up by Nick Moulding's 3-52. David Bracewell struck two early blows to remove openers Andy Clark and Colin Varley but Scuderi (28) and Justin Nutter (28) staged a recovery.

Wickets continued to tumble but Enfield had to settle for a bonus bowling point as Colne staggered to 118-6, Bracewell claiming 3-32, as the match ended in a stalemate.

Accrington were routed by Nelson at Thorneyholme Road with Danny Kegg (6-21) ripping the heart out of the home side's batting.

Only two batsmen made double figures as Accrington were rolled over for 52, professional Roger Harper proving as difficult as ever to face with figures of 3-15 from nearly 20 overs.

Nelson made short work of their target, needing just 14 overs to wrap up a convincing victory with Trevor Kegg (31 not out) leading the way.

11 May 1998

Lordy Lordy! Veteran Terry's virtuoso performance

Lancashire Evening Telegraph

Worsley Cup: Enfield 70-8, Bacup 160-9

BACUP veteran Terry Lord has rarely enjoyed more than the odd walk-on part as a bowler in a 15 year spell in the Lanehead first team.

But stand-in captain Peter Thompson gave him centre-stage in this Worsley Cup clash and his faith was rewarded by a virtuoso performance.

A quite magnificent 10-over spell of swing bowling put Bacup in the box seat before rain finally brought the curtain down on an intriguing battle.

But with Enfield still requiring another 91 runs with just two wickets left and only 15 overs in which to get them when play resumes tonight, the visitors appear to be heading for the next round.

Lord has been thrust into the limelight with the ball this year after his side lost the services of John Nuttall over the winter.

And the medium pacer showed no signs of stagefright, ripping the heart out of Enfield's top order with a four wicket haul. ``It was the first time I've ever opened the bowling,'' said Lord.

``The pitch obviously helped me a lot though because the ball was swinging about all over the place.

``And our fielding was absolutely exceptional.

``The lads took a couple of great catches which makes all the difference because it creates extra pressure.''

Bacup had made a tricky start to the match as none of their top order made much of an impression on a green looking track.

With only 10 on the scoreboard Enfield professional Otis Gibson had opener Mark Taylor trapped lbw for four.

And Gibson then took a smart catch in the covers as his opposite number Brad White got too much bat on an attempted square cut to leave the visitors struggling on 34-2.

Peter Killelea went lbw to David Bracewell and Sam Reidy had Matt O'Connor stumped as Bacup looked in danger of a collapse. But skipper Thompson and Andrew Pooler bravely masterminded a recovery putting on 70 very valuable runs for the fifth wicket. Wily veteran Bernard Reidy finally broke up the partnership when he had Pooler caught by Bracewell for 32.

Thompson got in a mix up with Lord allowing Andy Barker to run him out seven short of what would have been a deserved half century.

Enfield were under the cosh from the opening delivery as the first four overs were all maidens.

Lord then made the crucial breakthrough when he tempted Liam Jackson to nick one to Killelea in the slips.

And Russell Edmonds fell in a similar manner without troubling the scorers as Killelea clung onto another impressive catch.

Skipper Andy Barker became Lord's third victim when he was caught by White for 17. All hope then rested on the powerful shoulders of West Indian Otis Gibson and he soon signalled his intentions with a four off his second ball. But he only lasted three more deliveries before Lord struck again, this time stumper Chapman performing the heroics with a superb catch, to leave Enfield on 25-4.

Tofeeq Khan showed some fighting spirit with a few stylish strokes including a square cut to the boundary off Lord's last ball as he finished with an impressive return of 4-10.

Their chances all but disappeared when Chapman took another blinding catch after White found the edge of Khan's bat.

And Neil Holmes went in identical fashion in the same over as Enfield crumbled to 54-6.

White squared up Dean Barker in front of his stumps to claim his third victim leaving Enfield staring defeat in the face at 70-8 before the rain came down.

11 May 1998

Cor blimey! Jordaan demolishes opposition

Lancashire Evening Telegraph

Lancashire League: Lowerhouse 108, Rishton 109-9

ASTONISHING! No other word for it...Corrie Jordaan's triumphant return to Lowerhouse was totally and absolutely astonishing.

Okay, so it's always going to be a special feeling whenever a sports star goes back to a former club and wins.

Extra special too when you play a key role in such a situation. But Saturday's events at Liverpool Road almost bordered on fantasy.

South African Jordaan, who took a ton of wickets while with Lowerhouse in 1997, claimed EIGHT of his former colleagues in inspiring Rishton to victory. But that was only the half of it. In doing so he conceded just 18 runs in 27 overs - 20 of them maidens.

There was a period where he bowled 14 maidens on the bounce, including four ``wicket maidens,'' and went over an hour-and-a-half without conceding so much as a single!

Believe me, astonishing barely does it justice.

And, as I helped him hump a king-size ``coffin'' into the back of his car afterwards, the 34-year-old spin wizard admitted: ``I would be lying if I tried to tell you that it didn't mean a little bit more than usual.

``I can never recall ever bowling more maiden overs than the total number of runs scored off me - although I do recall getting more wickets with nine in a game for Lowerhouse at Church. ``I enjoyed the game, enjoyed the win and enjoyed meeting up with some old friends. I must say that 95 per cent of the people at Lowerhouse are my friends.

``But Rishton is my club now and while we don't have a team of world beaters we do have a hunger for winning and 11 triers.

``Personally there is no way I expect to repeat the 100 wickets achievement - grief, there aren't even replays this season.

``But the pitch and the conditions suited me - surprised me in fact. They say they don't want a bowling pro here and yet they prepare a wicket like that.''

On another day Rishton's Russell Whalley would have taken star billing.

The skipper started off as a wicketkeeper before discarding the pads to bowl a tidy spell of medium pace.

Later on he put in a swashbuckling knock just when the game could have slipped out of reach, three sixes and a couple of fours in a quickfire 32.

Jordaan's left arm magic troubled every Lowerhouse batsman as the home side struggled to 108 all out on a stodgy track. The thick grass on the outfield (tractor problems apparently) didn't help the run scoring, but Rishton were far from comfortable in reply. Indeed, at 77-6 they were in deepish water with Whalley back in the pavilion.

But Jon Dobson (32 not out) played the anchor role sensibly and John Davies offered sound support to squeeze Rishton through.

But this was always going to be a game about one man - and Corrie Jordaan wasn't going to pass up the opportunity.

He is some bowler and if Rishton can find half-a-dozen reliable and consistent batsmen then they must have a chance of finishing there or thereabouts.

As one Lowerhouse supporter put it: ``He gets people out for fun and is the best since Johnny Wardle.''

Praise indeed.

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