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Match 15 Review

It was a clean sweep of wins for Bacup Cricket Club. The first eleven travelled to Bentgate to take on Haslingden hoping to arrest a slide of three consecutive defeats.

Bacup won the toss and asked Haslingden to bat first. Knowles (22) got the home team off to a quick start before Serasinghe and Ben Lord put the brakes on. Captain Sipocz (38) and professional Ryan Burl (28) batted patiently to enable Haslingden to post a total of 135 all out with the last wicket falling in the final over.

Serasinghe impressed again taking 3 for 32 from his 15 overs in addition to taking two catches and effecting a run out. Ben Lord also bowled an excellent 13 over spell taking 2 for 32 whilst Aspinall weighed in with 2 for 34.

In reply Bacup made a very good start and at one stage were 96 for 1 and apparently sailing to victory before suffering another mid order collapse with five wickets falling for only eight runs. After somewhat of a panic Bacup got over the line with eight wickets down with debutant Josh Holt and Aspinall at the crease.

Serasinghe was the day's top scorer making 55 with Newbitt (27), Collinge (19) and Thompson (13) chipping in as Bacup took the maximum twelve points.

Griffin took 3 for 23 and Burl 4 for 45 to enable Haslingden to claim four bowling bonus points.

At Lanehead the second eleven took on Haslingden who made 150 for 9 from their 45 overs with Jeff Stanton making 30 and Alex Jeffrey 29. Liam Naylor impressed with 3 for 20 whilst Henry Butcher on his return to action also bowled well taking 1 for 24 from his 12 overs.

The run chase was dominated by Matt Schofield who made an excellent 84 not out as Bacup won by 3 wickets in the 32nd over.

Bacup took 10 points with Haslingden taking 3 points.

The third eleven were also victorious against Clitheroe in a low scoring match. Clitheroe were dismissed for only 74 with Holt in the wickets again taking 5 for 6 whilst Charlie Gansler (2 for 17) and Niall Boardman (2 for 19) also contributed.

Bacup took the maximum 12 points winning by 5 wickets with Gansler finishing on 39 not out.

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