Match Report Ramsbottom 1st XI v Rishton 1st XI  – 12 May 2024

RishCC 148 All Out (48 overs) RamCC 105 for 8 (37.5 overs) Rishton won by 25 runs under Duckworth Lewis

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Batting Collapse in Away Day Blues

This was a disappointing defeat for the Rams against a Rishton side who seemed to have been revitalised by our old boy Kieren Grimshaw who is now their captain and professional.

Harry asked the opposition to take first knock on a track that had been used the previous day. Right from the start there was no bounce in the wicket and it was clear that it would get lower and lower as the game progressed. In the first few overs it was clear it did not suit the quicker pace of Joe who described it as “dead”. His other opening partner Ishaq found it a little more to his liking and he struck the first blow when he had Fox caught behind off a fine delivery.

Grimmy then came in and along with Malloy took his time building his innings. Run scoring was not easy against a well set field but the pair took advantage of any short deliveries which stood up and were dispatched to the boundary. The two batsmen ran well between the wickets and our skipper was forced to make several bowling changes to break the partnership.

The score had reached 105 and Grimmy past his half century before we had our next success with JJ snapping up Molloy at slip off Hareen for 29. Boddie joined his pro at the wicket and a score of 200 looked a distinct possibility. By this time young Isaac Turner had been brought into the attack and had immediately settled down bowling a fine line and length and causing the batsmen problems. With the score on 125 he captured the prize wicket of Grimmy with the worst ball he had sent down, a full toss which the batsman only succeeded in smashing into the hands of JJ at deep mid on.

This was the incentive the Rams needed, Hareen trapped Hussain lbw before ending his spell and was replaced by Joe, who despite not particularly enjoying the conditions bowled in tandem with Isaac and succeeded in going through the Rishton middle order and tail like a knife through butter, reducing them to 148 all out.

Joe returned figures of 4 for 31 off 9 overs having not taken a wicket in his first 5 and Isaac 3 for 29 off 11 overs, a great performace from the young man.

Those of us who had seen how the wicket played knew this was not going to be an easy chase. Rishton have acquired the services of an excellent spin bowler in the form of Ali Sartaj and he proved the thorn in our side taking the important wickets of TP and JJ with two excellent deliveries that would have troubled any batsmen.

Harry and Ben then took the score to 59 with Ben the main run scorer before Harry made the mistake of going back and trying to cut a ball off the left arm spinner which kept very low and bowled him.

After this we did not seem to learn our lesson and kept playing back and ended up bowled or leg before to deliveries that kept very low. Only Ben really adapted to the conditions and showed his team mates how to play making an excellent 60 not out when the game came to a close with the Rams on 105 for 8 with 12.1 overs left, due to the thunder. This was such a disappointing result for us. Some our batters displayed a naivety getting out going back having seen how the wicket was progressively getting lower and lower.

Man of the Match – Ben for his fine knock but another big shout for Isaac with his bowling performance.