Match Report Ramsbottom 1st XI v Great Harwood 1st XI  – 16 June 2024

RCC 229 for 3 (45 overs) GHCC 153 for 8 (45 overs) – match reduced to 45 overs due to rain

Scorecard here

Harry Blasts us to much needed League Victory

The question to be asked for this game was how the Rammy lads would react after going down to two last ball defeats in the previous two days and facing a team that were only one place behind us in the League.

A murky morning had improved considerably with the sun making one of its rare appearances this season. Even so the game was reduced to 45 overs a side and after wining the toss Great Harwood put the Rams in on the wicket used the previous day.

Another decent start was made by our opening pair but with the score on 31 JJ fell to a good delivery from the oppsition professional De Silva. 18 runs later Ben was bowled by Maher bringing our pro to the wicket. Run scoring had not been easy against some tight bowling with Maher getting plenty out of the wicket so it was hoped our paid man could provide the necessary impetus. Unfortuneately he had only made 11 when he played a poor shot and was bowled.

In came Harry to join TP who had elected to play the important role once again of anchor man and looked in little trouble. Once again the running of the pair was positive and as his innings progressed Harry’s confidence grew. As on the previous day TP was content to give his partner the strike. Both men reached half centuries then Harry really let loose smashing the ball to all parts of the ground, reaching a wonderful century before finishing on 108 not out consisting of nine 4s and two 6s off 81 deliveries. The importance of TPs’ knock of 71 not out off 124 balls has not to be underestimated as the pair shared an undefeated stand of 153 which took us to a challening total of 229.

When Great Harwood came into bat Joe struck an early blow bowling Greenhalgh for 1. There the followed a steady if unspectacular stand between Oddie and Corish. The pair looked relatively untroubled but against some tight bowling had fallen well below the required scoring rate. With the score on 74 Ishaq bowled Oddie for 36.

The prolific run scoring pro de Silva then joined Corish at the wicket and it was clear from the word go he was going to try to up the ante. However it was the Rammy pro Hareen who changed the course of the game. Firstly, with the score on 92, he had Corish stumped going for a big hit, then 3 runs later he got the vital wicket of de Silva well caught by the reliable hands of Henry at deep midwicket.

After this Great Harwood were unable to get anywhere near the required target thanks to steady bowling from the Rams and fell well short of gaining any bonus points. Hareen finished with the figures of 5 for 49 off his 15 overs and was well supported by his amateur bowlers.

Man of the Match – Harry for his wonderful century.