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Greenmount were involved in a high-scoring clash at the Log Cabin on Sunday but ultimately were defeated by strong visitors Clitheroe.

A mammoth  635 runs were scored between the two sides – a total that proved to be the second-highest ever in a Lancashire League match.

Clitheroe won the toss and elected to bat, running up 341 for six which is the highest score of the season to date.

Opener Ali Ross was their top scorer with 122 and he put on 119 for the first wicket with Thomas Lord (63).

Also playing their part in the run-fest were Charlie Dewhurst (69 not out), Jack Dewhurst (43) and Kyle O’Connor (22). For the Mount, professional Chesney Hughes took 3 for 65.

Chasing such a challenging total was always going to be a tall order for the villagers but they fell a tantalising 29 runs short of what would have been an incredible win.

Leading the way was Andy Kerr who hit 67 (six fours), Hughes (62 with five sixes and two fours), Matt Donnelly (54 with eight fours and a six), Evan Williams (44) and Tom Heaton (42) as the Mount finished on 312 for 9.

Meanwhile, at Rawtenstall, Greenmount’s second team inflicted a crushing defeat on the home side’s second eleven.

The Valley club won the toss and chose to bat but were dismissed for 93 in 31 overs.

Dan Stevens’s five wicket haul was the cream of the Mount bowling. Max Birtwistle took 2 for 19, while Richard Catterall, Oliver Dixon and Andy McGuiness each took a victim apiece.

The Greenmount run chase proved to be something of a stroll as the openers Jake Chadwick (63 not out) and Henry Dickinson (21 not out) saw them home in 18.1 overs for a ten-wicket victory.

Greenmount bowed out of the JW Lees 20-20 competition for 2022 following an eight-wicket defeat at the hands of local rivals Ramsbottom on Friday evening.

The Mount won the toss, chose to bat, and put on 167 for 7 from their 20 overs. Professional Chesney Hughes top scored for the villagers, hitting 48 including two sixes and six fours, while Tom Heaton scored 38 and Mo Ashfaq 24.

That total proved to be easy meat for the Rammy lads who were ably led by their skipper Kieren Grimshaw who was unbeaten on 72.

Brad Fielding (29), Jake Walker (25) and professional  Sen Muthusamy – who was unbeaten on 36 –  saw them comfortably home for the loss of two wickets with more than three overs to spare.

Keeping up a Greenmount tradition of brothers representing the club is Noah Birtwistle who has been selected for the Lancashire Under-12 team following the success of his sibling Max.

Noah, currently at St Gabriel’s School, Bury and was unlucky last season when he got through his first Lancashire trial only to break his collarbone playing football.

He missed half the campaign but rounded it off in style by captaining the Lancashire Junior League inter-league side before winning both the batting and bowling awards.

Following that success he was selected for the winter training program with Lancashire and then was selected for the team for this summer season following the two stage trial during May.

It’s normal opening hours this week: Monday to Thursday 4pm to 11pm, Friday 2pm to 11pm and Saturday and Sunday 12 noon till 11pm, and 10.30pm, respectively. 

Danny will be serving food:

Friday and Saturday 10am to 8.30pm 

Sunday. 10am to 6pm

Cricket

There is T20 action on Friday when the first team travel to our near neighbours Ramsbottom, with a 6pm start.

The first eleven are at home on Sunday to Clitheroe, while on the same day the second team are away to Rawtenstall. 

On Saturday the third team entertain Accrington at the Log Cabin.

All games start at 1pm and any support would be greatly appreciated 

The coming week’s cask ales will be a selection from Fyne Ales, Bowland, Ilkley, Ossett and Saltaire.

Thank you for your continued support

Greenmount’s first eleven picked up their third league victory of the Lancashire League Division One campaign with a closely fought one wicket triumph at Middleton on Sunday.

Skipper Ryan Senior won the toss and elected to put the Towncroft side in to bat and they duly put on 185 for 9 from their rain-reduced 47 overs.

Chesney Hughes

Keelan Shipley (64) and skipper James Price (57) led the way with the bat for Middleton with Evan Williams’s 4 for 35 from nine overs the pick of the Greenmount bowling.

The Mount looked to be cruising to victory in their reply as Williams (43) and professional Chesney Hughes (32) put on 83 for the first wicket.

But something of a partial collapse saw the villagers reduced to 98 for five and gave the home side some encouragement.

But they reckoned without the depth of the Greenmount batting and Ryan Senior (38), Matty Donnelly (26) and Andy McGuinness (21 not out) each played a crucial part as the lads got over the line on the last ball of the game.

On Friday evening the firsts got off to a great start in the JWL MPA T20 competition with another nail-biting victory, this time at Littleborough.

The Hare Hill side batted first and ran up a challenging total of 182 for 2 from their allotted overs.

Chris Schofield hit an unbeaten 73 and enjoyed a third wicket partnership of 104 with Ryan Miskella (49 not out).

Key man for the Mount in their reply was paid man Hughes who blasted 87 from only 37 balls including seven sixes and four fours. He was ably assisted by Williams who hit 56 (two sixes and four fours) as they reached their target on the last ball of the game.

The only other match at the weekend involved the second team who went down to Middleton’s second string at the Log Cabin on Sunday.

Middleton won the toss and elected to bat putting on 225 for 9 from their 45 overs, however, at 1 for 2 that score looked a million miles away.

Opener Matt Lee top scored for the visitors with 53, while both Joel Harris and Tristan Hoban each hit 40.

Skipper Oliver Dixon and Ryan Edge both took three wickets for the Mount while Dan Stevens helped himself to a brace.

The Greenmount reply fell 36 runs short with the batting plaudits going to Kieran Edwards who hit six fours and two sixes in his 51 while Chris Sherrington and Dan Stevens scored 25 and 20 respectively.

Greenmount first eleven bounced back to form in fine style on Saturday when they stunned league leaders Lowerhouse with a convincing eight-wicket triumph at the Log Cabin.

Billed as a top v bottom clash, the Mount looked anything but the early-season strugglers their league position suggested, in a game that ought to breed confidence for the coming weeks.

Callum Hunter

The visitors won the toss and decided to bat but they were soon in trouble as their first five batsmen were back in the clubhouse with the score on a paltry 30.

Excellent tight bowling and sharp fielding from Greenmount ensured that wickets fell with regularity throughout the Lowerhouse innings and they eventually slumped to 104 all out in 38.1 overs.

Callum Hunter was the pick of the Greenmount attack with 4 for 28 from his 12.1 overs while Matthew Senior (2 for 21 from seven), Muhammad Ashfaq (2 for 14 from four), Lewis Dove (1 for 14 from seven) and Andy McGuinness (1 for 10 from four) were also among the wickets.

In reply, the villagers were on 40 when the first wicket fell – that of professional Chesney Hughes – who hit a six and three fours in his 24.

But sensible batting from fellow opener Jack Harrison (20) and a season’s best innings from Tom Heaton (41 not out) including two sixes and four fours, eased the Mount closer to their target and with the threat of rain the only concern, Heaton and skipper Ryan Senior saw the lads over the line in 26 overs.

The second eleven went down to a nine-wicket defeat when they travelled to East Lancashire on Sunday.

Put into bat by the home side the Mount put on 163 for 9 from their 45 overs but it could have been a lot worse as they were on only 74 when their sixth wicket fell.

Skipper Oliver Dixon top-scored with an unbeaten 33 while there were useful middle order knocks from Alex Bullen (22) and Bruce Gardner (21).

Chasing a revised total of 145 there was no stopping East Lancs who cruised to victory in 22.4 overs mainly thanks to a sterling knock from Usman Gani who hit three sixes and eleven fours in his 78.

The third eleven travelled to Accrington on Saturday and enjoyed a 12-run victory.

Captain Mark Crowther won the toss and elected to bat then saw his side run up 161 for 8 from their 40 overs.

Chris Sherrington hit an unbeaten 53 for the villagers while Crowther himself scored 40.

The Greenmount total proved to be too much for Accrington who fell a dozen runs short of success.

Henry Dickinson led the way with the ball with 4 for 28 from his 6.3 overs with Ryan Edge picking up two wickets and one apiece for Steven Addleton, Ewan Malone and Leigh Dickinson.

Matthew Senior

Congratulations to Greenmount’s Matthew Senior who has been selected to captain the Lancashire Junior League’s Under-18 inter-league side to take on Wigan Junior League.

The 50-over clash, to be held at Lowerhouse Cricket Club, will take place on Bank Holiday Thursday, June 2nd, WP 10.30am.

Greenmount’s first eleven went down to yet another heavy defeat on Sunday when they travelled to Haslingden in Lancashire League Division One.

The stark realisation of just what a competitive step up it is from the second division was again there for all to see as the Bentgate side – who came up with the Mount as champions – triumphed by a crushing 160 runs.

The home side won the toss and elected to bat – a decision that paid rich dividends as they put on a total of 297 for 4 from their 50 overs.

The lion’s share of that total went to professional Sehan Weerasinghe who was unbeaten on 115 and put on an impressive 208 third wicket partnership with Leighton Friend (118).

The Greenmount reply was woefully inadequate with only paid man Chesney Hughes (74 not out) showing any kind of batting form, although Matty Donnelly (15) and Sam Greenhalgh (12) at least joined him on double figures.

The defeat sees the Mount sitting bottom of the League One table after five of the division’s tougher fixtures and it will be hoped that, in the coming weeks, skipper Ryan Senior can rally the lads to begin picking up the points that will give the table a more respectable look.

At the Log Cabin meanwhile, the second eleven picked up a well-earned two-wicket victory when Church were the visitors in a closely fought clash.

Church won the toss and chose to bat, putting on a total of 174 all out. Pick of the Greenmount bowlers was Kieran Edwards who helped himself to four victims for 27 runs while there was a brace apiece for Rick Catterall and Alex Bullen.

In the Mount reply, opener Jake Chadwick took the plaudits with a knock of 68 which included three sixes and ten fours.

Yet as 130 for 4 slumped to 170 for 8 the result was somewhat in the balance but a ninth wicket partnership between Bruce Gardner (12 not out) and skipper Oliver Dixon (3 not out) steadied the ship and saw the villagers home in 30.4 overs.

On Saturday the third team travelled to Lowerhouse fourths and enjoyed a convincing 154 run victory.

A superb unbeaten innings of 117 from Wes Young, that included five sixes and eleven fours, ably assisted by skipper Mark Crowther who was unbeaten on 80, saw the Mount post a total of 262 for 2 from their 40 overs.

Openers Nigel Franklin and Edward Dickinson had earlier hit 27 and 16 respectively before the 189 third wicket partnership came to the crease.

That total was always going to be too much for the Lowerhouse side that lost wickets regularly throughout the innings, eventually finishing 108 all out in 19 overs.

With the ball Ryan Edge took 3 for 15, while there were two wickets for Sam Woolley and Steven Addleton.

It was a grim weekend results-wise for Greenmount’s first and second teams who both suffered double defeats including disappointing losses in the Lancashire League’s knockout competitions.

On Saturday, in the league, the first eleven entertained a strong Norden team who boasted former Log Cabin professional Ash Zaidi in their ranks.

The Rochdale club restricted the Mount to 163 all out, a total that would have looked far worse without Andy Kerr’s good innings of 81.

That target was never going to be enough to deter  the visitors who cruised to a seven-wicket  victory inside 28 overs for the loss of only three wickets.

Opener Josh Tolley top-scored for Norden with an unbeaten 69.

The second team made the trip to Great Harwood and went down to a 44 run defeat.

Batting first, the home side posted a total of 210 for 7 from their 45 overs with Muhammad Shakeel and Christian Oddie both hitting half centuries.

For Greenmount, Ryan Edge took 4 for 72 from 12 while Max Birtwistle took 2 for 51 from 8 and skipper Ollie Dixon 1 for 31 from 12.

The writing looked on the wall when openers Kieran Edwards and Leigh Dickinson were both back in the pavilion with ducks but sterling work from Jay Ahmed (63) and Danny Creer (43) steadied the ship somewhat.

Nevertheless, it was never going to be enough to pass the home side’s total and they fell well short on 166 for 7 at stumps.

The much-anticipated return of local rivals Ramsbottom to the Log Cabin following the Mount’s league victory over them two weeks earlier was a massive disappointment as the firsts were given a hiding  and bowed out of the Worsley Cup competition at the first hurdle.

Although skipper Ryan Senior again won the toss and elected to bat, there was to be no repeat of the previous encounter when the villagers ran up a total of 287.

Indeed, as middle order wickets fell with alarming regularity, it appeared as if Mount might struggle to reach 100 and it took a superb last wicket partnership of 47 between Sam Greenhalgh (28 not out) and Matthew Senior (15 not out) to give the score a more respectable appearance.

The Rams’ sub-professional Samit Patel took three wickets while there was a brace for both skipper Kieren Grimshaw and Joshua Dentith.

Some early wickets were imperative for the Mount and although Alex Olpin was dismissed with the score on 13 and Patel followed him on 52 the visitors were comfortably in control of the result.

Jonathan Dack (44) and then Grimshaw (51 not out) were the pick of the Rams batsmen as they eased  to a six-wicket victory inside 26 overs.

Meanwhile,down at Acre Bottom in the corredponding  Junior League Knockout Trophy clash, Rammy made it a satisfying double when they saw off Mount’s second eleven in a five-wicket triumph.

Greenmount won the toss and skipper Ollie Dixon elected to bat and his side ran up a total of 200 all out from 47 overs.

Andy Bowker rolled back the years with a great knock of 67 ably assisted by Kieran Edwards (60) but there was little in the way of run-scoring support from the rest of the team with no-one else breaking the double figure barrier.

With the home side 116 for 5, the Mount may have had thoughts of reaching the second round but Rammy judged their winning response to perfection and unbeaten knocks from Brad Wilson (56) and Ryan Storey (31) saw them home with five balls to spare.

IT was a classic case of ‘After The Lord Mayor’s Show’ for Greenmount’s first eleven on Sunday as they followed up their convincing derby victory over Ramsbottom last week with a heavy seven-wicket defeat at the hands of Walsden at Scott Street.

Any visiting supporters hoping to see further green shoots of progress following the opening day defeat at champions Burnley, would have been better occupied strolling around Gordon Riggs’ Garden Centre across the road as the Mount got another lesson in just how strong the top sides are in the Lancashire League Division One.

Skipper Ryan Senior won the toss and chose to bat with openers Jack Harrison and professional Chesney Hughes putting on 27 for the first wicket.

But then there followed a steady collapse as 27 for 1 became 78 all out with Andy Kerr top-scoring on 14 and Harrison and Hughes both hitting 13.

Joe Gale was the pick of the home side’s bowling with 5 for 20 from 15 overs while Jamie Shackleton had four victims for 48 in 13 overs.

In reply, Walsden’s sub-professional Chrag Khurana was dismissed for a duck, bowled by Callum Hunter but it proved to be a false dawn and the batting strength of siblings Josh and Joe Gale (both unbeaten on 34 and 18 respectively) ultimately paid off and they passed the Greenmount total after 18 overs.

Meanwhile, at the Log Cabin, the second eleven enjoyed a six-wicket victory when Accrington seconds were the visitors.

Accrington won the toss and chose to bat, putting on 194 for 9 from their 45 overs and aided by some profligate bowling from the Mount who gifted them 41 extras.

Patrick Kilvington picked up four wickets for 47 from 12 while Rick Catterall took 3 for 49 from 9 and skipper Oliver Dixon took 2 for 42 from 14 overs.

Greenmount’s winning reply owed a lot to Andy McGuinness’s unbeaten 69 and he was ably assisted by Kilvington’s 63 as the visitors’ total was knocked off for four wickets in 42.3 overs.

The club’s third team got the weekend off to a start on Saturday when they travelled to take on early league leaders Colne thirds only to narrowly lose by four runs.

After winning the toss Colne chose to bat and posted a total of 207 for 8 from their 14 overs.

There were two wickets apiece for the returning Rory Daveridge, Euan Malone and Adam Clarke while the evergreen Gareth Williams and Matthew Gilmore took one each.

Opening for the Mount were fourteen-year-old Edward Dickinson and his Under-15 coach Nigel Franklin who put on a partnership of 78 before Dickinson was bowled for 32.

Franklin went on to score 71 and with Daveridge hitting 56 there was a nail-biting finish with 11 needed off the final two overs.

After Daveridge’s demise, Tom Clarke joined Euan Malone with ten needed from the final over.

Clarke hit a four but, unfortunately with four needed from the final two balls he was then bowled while trying to hit another decisive boundary.

At the Log Cabin on Bank Holiday Monday, the thirds went down to a 20 run defeat at the hands of Todmorden thirds.

Tod elected to bat after winning the toss and were bowled out for 105 in 35.3 overs with Euan Malone (3 for 13 from 8 overs), Luca Addleton (3 for 26 from 7), Ryan Edge (2 for 22), Adam Clarke (1 for 15) and Steven Addleton (1 for 21) among the wickets.

Despite a 25 from Steven Addleton, only David Willetts (12) and Adam Clarke (10) made it to double figures as the Mount slumped to 85 all out.