Mano ensures early finish
Rochdale CC 82 all out (30.2 overs) Ramsbottom CC 83 for 2 (5.5 overs)
Ramsbottom Seconds faced Rochdale Seconds hoping to keep up the momentum after the previous weeks victory at Enfield. Jason Pyke, Mikey Howarth and Ali Abbas (making his debut) came into the team. On a wicket very close to the clubhouse Rochdale won the toss and batted.
Mano and Seb Schofield opened the bowling for Ramsbottom. After some early lusty blows at the short boundary from the Rochdale captain, including one through the door of the clubhouse, Ramsbottom soon got on top aided by some excellent catching behind the wicket. Seb bowled his 7 overs 3 for 21 whilst Mano bowled straight through his 12 overs with figures of 2-35. The first change Ramsbottom bowlers kept the pressure on and Mikey Howarth finished with 2 for 5 and Brad Wilson 2 for 14 with one run our for Jack Thomond/Jack Hincliffe. Rochdale’s score of 82 with 15 overs left was well below par.
Seasoned second team watchers were looking at Mano and the short boundary and were expecting fireworks. They were not disappointed. Mano started 6, 4, 6 and continued his onslaught scoring 41 runs off 15 balls including 5 fours and 3 sixes. On his dismissal the other opener Nick Round was not yet off the mark. The target of 83 was reached in less than 6 overs for the loss of 2 wickets. At 3:50 pm the match was over.
Ramsbottom Man of the match – Good bowling performances from Seb, Mikey and Brad. Excellent slip catching by Brad. Excellent wicketkeeping by Jack Hinchliffe including 3 catches and no byes. However this week’s match of the match goes to Mano for 2 wickets and 41 off 15 balls.