Rammy chase down 200 in last over thriller
GCC 200 all out (47 overs) RCC 201 for 5 (49.1 overs)
Neighbours Greenmount Seconds travelled to Ramsbottom Seconds in the Junior Cup on Sunday on a fine Acre Bottom day. Ramsbottom showed three changes from the day before with Ed Lee, Isaac Turner and Lewie Pearson replacing Seb Schofield, Ali Abbas and Jason Pyke. Captain Mark Dentith continued his 100% losing toss record over the season and Greenmount decided to bat first on a good looking track. Despite a number of dropped catches by the Ramsbottom team, early inroads were made and Greenmount were soon 51 for 3 with a Nick Round run out and two wickets for Ed Lee. This brought the experienced Bowker and Edwards to the middle. Aided by some wayward bowling and more dropped catches (at least 6 in total) the batsmen grew in confidence and scored at a good rate to take the score to 170 before Brad Wilson dismissed them both. At 180 for 5 with over 10 overs left a score of 250 looked possible. The returning Ramsbottom bowlers Mikey Howarth and Mano had different ideas and were able to take the final wickets to leave Greenmount 200 all out.
Ramsbottom’s reply started poorly with pinch hitter Mano caught without scoring. Helped by some loose bowling Nick Round and Mikey Howarth advanced the score to 80 before Nick was out lbw for 30 runs. This brought young Isaac to the wicket who batted well before being run out by an excellent piece of fielding, Mikey was also dismissed on the same score leaving Ramsbottom with 4 wickets down and 95 needed to win at over 4 an over. Jack Thomond soon departed and Brad Wilson was joined by Ryan Storey. Cheered on by a good crowd and the returning victorious first team and supporters, Brad and Ryan battled intelligently, ran well and timed their run chase to perfection scoring the winning runs off the first ball of the last over. Both Ramsbottom teams enjoyed a joint winning drink in the clubhouse afterwards.
RCC Man of the Match – lots of potential candidates including Isaac Turner for his exemplary ground fielding, all rounder Mikey Howarth for his 2 wickets and 26 runs, Ryan Storey for his one wicket and 31 not out, stumper Jack Hinchliffe for his 3 catches and only 2 byes, Nick Round for his run out and 30 runs but once again my vote goes to Brad Wilson with his 2 key wickets and 56 not out from 67 balls.