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Lowerhouse "Pro"

20 Jan 1945
Lowerhouse Cricket Club

Lowerhouse

In September 1944 the Lancashire League authorised clubs to engage professionals for the 1945 season, for the first time since 1939. Of our local clubs, Lowerhouse were the last to announce their new pro.
It wasn't until January 20th 1945 that the club revealed his identity. They had signed Norman G. Spencer, who until that point had been an amateur with Colne, described as an all-rounder, the previous season he had topped Colne's batting and bowling averages and returned the best bowling figures in the Lancashire League.

On 25th July, the Express reported that the club had offered Spencer terms for 1946 but he had decided not to stay on. "Spencer has not enjoyed the best of health and this coupled with long hours of work at his home town, Colne, has had an effect on his decision. Also he does not want to be tied to remain in the district next year. The pro's answer will be received with regret for his relations with the club were of the happiest, and he has been a popular personality at Lowerhouse. No-one was more concerned than he when he had a lean spell in June and no one was more pleased when he returned to form with a brilliant 8 for 46 against Ramsbottom. This was the scond time this season that he had taken eight wickets, the previous occasion being in the memorable match against Nelson when, after Nutter (Nelson's pro.) had taken ten Lowerhouse wickets, Spencer, bowling from the opposite end, captured eight Nelson wickets for 30. " Lowerhouse won by 8 runs! Scorecard for that game, and more information on Spencer's League career can be found on the Lancashire League website http://lancashireleague.com/Players/94/94467/94467.html
He went back to Colne as an amateur for the 1946 season then played professionally in the Bolton League and for Barnoldswick before ending up back at Colne as an amateur in 1953

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