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Hacking’s smash upsets his dad

RISHTON's Sam Hacking slightly upset his dad in Sunday's victory over Lowerhouse.

RISHTON's Sam Hacking slightly upset his dad in Sunday's victory over Lowerhouse.

The batsman hit a straight six at Liverpool Road - and it went straight through the window of his dad's classic MG BGT car.

"His dad wasn't best pleased," said chairman Rod Simpson.

But it was just one bad incident in an otherwise enjoyable 49-run victory for the Blackburn Road side.

And skipper Scott Greaves says he has plenty to be proud of this season no matter where his side finish.

Rishton may be in the bottom three but most of their opponents have commented on the big improvement in the side who finished bottom last season. And they could have finished higher if they hadn't lost their pro James Franklin to a county call-up to Gloucestershire last month.

But a big boost was their win against one-time leaders Lowerhouse where they made 202 all out.

"We had Blackburn Northern's pro Gareth Flusk sub-proing and he only made four so the amateurs made the rest. That is what has really pleased me," said the skipper, who took over from Jonathan Dobson earlier this season. "They have had to take responsibility. Richard Rostron got his first 50 this season at Lowerhouse and Sam Hacking and Matt Leathert have both made 50s in previous matches."

"We have all been pulling together. We are positive against every team we play and are competing. We did well on Sunday - and had a bit of luck we needed."

Rostron made an unbeaten 52 - with six fours - and Hacking chipped in with 33, including that six. Flusk then did the damage with the ball, taking 5-41.

"We have nine games left and I would be happy if we could win a few more," said Greaves. "But the position we are in doesn't worry me - the improvement in the players has been more important."

But he said New Zealander Franklin hasn't forgotten them. "We keep in touch with texts and talk every so often," added Greaves.

And it was a good Sunday for Accrington as pro Tama Canning took his runs for the season to 705 after their four wicket win over Nelson.

Title challengers Nelson made 147, with Damian Clarke the pick of the bowlers with 3-40. An unbeaten 70 by Canning was vital - he hit eight boundaries and a six for the win.

But it wasn't good news for Enfield as they came up against Colne, who had lost their second pro of the season to a county side. Andre Adam was snapped up by Essex last week while they lost Mark Cleary who joined Leicestershire after just one game.

But stand-in pro Paras Mhambrey ended up helping them to victory.

Enfield paid man Alviro Petersen hit 66 - with five boundaries and two sixes - as he made it to 663 so far this season despite missing the start. Captain Mas Ahmed made 21 and Chris Leeming 24 in their 196 with Mhambrey taking 4-36.

Ben Dowling took 3-47 and it did look good for the Dill Hall Laners as Colne were on 108-5. But the match swung back in Colne's favour.


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