Worsley Cup Match Report Ramsbottom 1st XI v Littleborough 1st XI  – 4 May 2024

RCC 229 for 2 (42 overs) LCC 177 all out (37.5 overs) 

Scorecard here

JJ ‘s Super Show Sees off Reigning Cup Holders

On another cold and miserable day the Rammy ground staff worked hard to get a game on and were duly rewarded when the umpires declared that we could start at 2pm, reducing the match to 42 overs a side.

Littleborough won the toss and asked the Acre Bottom lads to take first knock hoping that there would be quite a bit in the wicket.

As it turned out both our openers, JJ and TP, we able to watchfully see out the opening spells of Willman and the experienced Miskella before picking up acceleration and scoring freely to all parts of the ground.

The Littleborough skipper tried everything to dislodge our opening pair using seven bowlers but all to no avail as both batsman played superbly posting a century partnership and each earning a collection before Tom fell for 51 with the score on 115. Although he registered only five 4s, like JJ, many of his shots deserved more and it was only the damp outfield that prevented this.

Ben then joined JJ and if the Littleborough attack thought they were in for any respite there were sadly mistaken. Ben played an excellent foil to his partner and their running between the wickets was a joy to watch. JJ reached a deserved century and then both batsmen joined in the fun smashing the opppsition attack all over the ground. They shared a 114 partnership before JJ fell to the last ball of the innings for a fantastic 130 consisting of fifteen 4s and one 6. Ben finished on 43 not out which consisted of one 4 and two big 6s.

A small amount of rain fall at the interval meant that Littleborough had to chase a revised target of 225 off 40 overs, quite a formidable target but far from impossible.

The Bird struck an early blow when he bowled Russell with the score on nine. This is brought the Notts and former England opener Hameed to the wicket to join the in form Zac Perren. Both batsmen played with confidence but the Rammy lads kept the fielding tight to keep the run rate down. The pair had taken ther score just past 50 when Joe produced a great delivery which Hameed edged into the safe hands of Harry.

This put the Rams as firm favorites but Perren and skipper Miskella had other ideas. Right from the word go they ran well between the wickets and the runs started to come more freely. They took the score to 124 and the balance of power has swung in Littleborough’s favour when Ishaq trapped Perren in front one short of his half century.

Tens runs later a fine piece of fielding by Hareen saw him run out Hernon and then with the score on 145 Miskella was brilliantly caught by Harry off Ishaq for 48. This put the opposition on the back foot and with overs running out they had to give it a go. By this time Harry had reintroduced our pro Hareen into the attack and he was able to mop up the tail thanks to some fine catching, one brilliant effort in the outfield by Ben to remove the dangerous Boyle.

This was an excellent victory against last year’s Worsley Cup winners based on a brilliant batting display. Our bowlers stuck to the task manfully with both Joe and Ishaq chipping in with 2 wickets apiece and the Bird with one. It would be wrong not to mention young Isaac Turner making his 1st XI debut. His figures of none for 45 off his 8 allotted overs doesn’t really reflect how well he bowled as he was up against two very experienced batsmen who had got their eye in. He showed no signs of nerves and definitely looks like one for the future.

Man of the Match – JJ for his magnificent knock of 130.