Match Report Ramsbottom 1st XI v East Lancs 1st XI  – 23 June 2024

RCC 283 for 5 (50 overs) ELCC 43 all out (25.4 overs) 

Scorecard here

JJ Breaks Club Amateur Batting Record in Easy Win

On a day when the Rammy supporters who made the trip to East Lancs and easily outnumbered the home fans, we witnessed the highest score ever made by a Rammy amateur batsman in the Club’s history. After being put into bat by the opposition skipper JJ and TP made light of a greenish looking track playing with great confidence and punishing anything either overpitched or loose. They put together a partnership of 65 when TP fell to an excellent diving catch at cover point.

Ben came in next and he too fell to another top catch (this always seems to happen to Ben) at short cover. When our pro Hareen was adjudged lbw off the opposition paid man Siriwardana with the score on 102 East Lancs could have been relatively satisfied with their performance with the ball and in the field.

Things did change when Harry joined his vice captain, who had just reached his half century. Both these athletes started to run the opposition fielders ragged and in consequence the bowlers started to lose their line and length.

There was a defining moment when JJ was in his 80s. He offerred a chance to the man on the deep mid on boundary who could not hang on to it and only succeeded in helping it over the ropes for a six. All the opposition heads seemed to go down and our two lads took full advantage. JJ quickly reached his second century of the season and Harry carried on in his recent good form. There was absolute carnage as fours and sixes flew around the ground. The odd chance was offered but never looked like being taken and the Rammy pair added 145 before Harry holed out to deep mid on for 59, consisting of six 4s and two 6s.

JJ carried on in his own merry way and his epic knock only came to an end right at the death of our innings when he was caught in the deep. His final score of 157 consisted of fourteen 4s and seven 6s and is the record score by an amateur batsman in the long history of our club. To put into perspective teams scoring 157 in the 50s, 60s and 70s would have won a lot more games than they would have lost.

When it was East Lancs turn to bat the main task of the Rammy bowlers was to get the opposition all out to secure maximum points. Little did we realise how quickly this would happen. Our opening bowlers, the Bird and Shaq immediately hit their line and length and started to extract movement which seemed to have been missing in the first half of the match. On this occasion Shaq proved to be the main destroyer in chief bowling a fantastic 10 overs and returning with figures of 5 for 10 which deservedly earned him a collection and his baggy green, which will be awarded before the 20/20 match this week.

The Bird was as consistent as ever and his 3 for 25 off 12 overs included the clean bowling of the East Lancs pro. When the Pin chipped in with the last wicket thanks to a fine catch by Tom YR the home side were bowled out for a paltry 43.

Man of the Match – JJ for his record breaking knock.