Pyke Ensures No Damp Squib at Colne
RCC 237 for 4 (28 overs) CCC 114 for 7 (28 overs)
Following the previous weeks dramas the second team travelled to Colne looking for a quieter weekend and revenge for the opening day defeat against the same opposition . The small but vocal support (well Janine ) travelled to East Lancashire in the heavy rain but the rain gods relented and following a 2 hour delay a 28 over match started at 2 pm. Fair play to Colne to get the field ready to start.
Captain Howarth continued his run of losing the toss and Ramsbottom were asked to bat. Both teams were depleted with Rammy calling on the youth of Phil Croft and Colne using the loan system to call upon two Lowerhouse players.
Following two early wickets captain and Jason Pyke settled in to rebuild the innings. Using their many years of experience and intelligent footwork they built the innings and at the halfway stage Ramsbottom were 84 for 2. Both batters increased the tempo and were soon celebrating half centuries . Mikey soon departed after an excellent captains innings but Pyke minor continued the onslaught. Aussie Brad joined in the onslaught and some of his shots would have endangered low flying aircraft. With one over left Pyke minor stood on 90 not out but with some lusty leg side hitting he reached his first and surely not last Ramsbottom century. Ramsbottom’s total of 239 off 28 overs looked enough.
With an early wicket from the St Ubbins express and tight bowling from Tom Ireland and the rate raising to over 12 an over, Colne’s number 2 and 3 settled in for batting practice. With 12 overs to go a Ramsbottom win looked certain but the extra two points looked out of reach. Wickets started then to tumble including a stunning catch by young Phil Croft . However some other indifferent fielding meant Ramsbottom fell just short and settled for 10 points. A win by over 100 runs and revenge for the opening day defeat. Credit also to the two other Rammy bowlers Round minor and golden arm Howarth.
Man of the Match – Pyke minor