Rammy’s Mammoth Chase Falls Agonizingly Short
Ramsbottom 1st XI lost to Crompton 1st XI by 7 runs – May 27th 2022
On Friday 3 June Rammy entertained Division 2 pace setters Crompton at Acre Bottom in the second T20 match. Crompton had won their first T20 fixture whilst Ramsbottom had lost to Norden and Crompton were unbeaten in the league. On a sunny but chilly evening (why is our clubhouse on the wrong side of the ground!) Crompton won the toss and decided to bat. The Crompton professional Jamal took an immediate liking to the short leg side boundary; alongside his colleagues scoring at over 10 an over. Captain Kieran alternated his bowling attack bringing two wickets but the team was not helped by some dropped catches. Jamal was out in the last over for a brilliant 143, described by Jon Fielding as one of the best T20 innings he had ever seen. Jamal’s 143 coming off 69 balls with 12 fours and 9 sixes. This was the second highest ever T20 score in the Lancashire league beaten only by our own Pieter Malan’s 165 not out which if my memory serves me correctly was hit off the same wicket.
Whatever was said in the Ramsbottom dressing room at the break worked. Captain Kieran and Brad Fielding started the reply with intent scoring at over 10 an over. Brad’s departure brought Sen to the wicket and he continued the onslaught. Kieran departed for an excellent 52 followed by Tom Parton for a quickfire 23 off 10 but the scoring rate remained close to the target. With Sen’s departure for 53 off 22 balls and over 60 needed at 2 a ball, Crompton celebrated as though the game was won. However all was not lost and the in form Harry Caton continued to score rapidly. With 11 needed off the last over the Rambottom faithfull were still hopeful. However with Harry off strike and the Crompton bowler Zuhaib bowling intelligently in the gathering gloom, Ramsbottom fell short by 7 runs in a valiant effort.