Match Report Ramsbottom 1st XI v Colne 1st XI  – 9 June 2024

RCC 219 for 5 (39 overs) CCC 127 for 8 (31 overs) Rams win by 50 runs under Duckworth/Lewis method

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Good Allround Performance in Colne Win

On another miserable day the Rams overcame what could have been a tricky game against a much stronger Colne side than they had faced in the Cup two weeks earlier. The match had been reduced to 39 overs through the rain and when Colne won the toss they asked us to take first knock. They must have regretted this decision as both JJ and TP batted with great confidence from ball one. They took the partnership to 55 without looking in any form of trouble before JJ surprisingly fell to what looked like a decent delivery from Ahmed.

This brought Ben to the wicket and any thought the home side would get some respite were dispelled as both our batters carried on scoring effortlessly against all that Colne had to throw at them. TP passed his half century and then pressed the accelarator button and with Ben continuing in the good form he has shown this season the pair recorded a century partnership before Ben feel for 47, caught behind with the score on 160.

Still it seemed odds on that our senior player was going to record his first century of the season but when on 83 he tried a reverse sweep and was adjudged lbw.

After this Hareen and Brad went for it with a few overs remaining and although we lost heh latter and Harry, Tom stayed with our pro who made 31 not out to end our innings posting an imposing target of 220.

With the weather closing in our first priority was to get in the 20 overs to constitute a game. We had the best possible start when the Bird bowled the dangerous Rhodes with his second delivery. Our lads started to whiz through their overs and Hareen captured the next two wickets reducing the home side to 30 for 3.

Rimmer then joined the Colne paid man Kumara and he was the main run scorer of a partnership that took the score to 64 before being bowled by the Bird, who has been in full flight this year. Joe then picked up Proctor to reduce Colne to 67 for 5, to leave us in strong postion having bowled our statutory 20 overs.

Kumara had played a strangely quiet innings up to this point but the incoming number 7, Senapathi upped the ante by smashing 20 in no time before being brilliantly caught one handed on the edge by Brad off Shaq. Two balls later Bradshaw as trapped in front by Shaq.

This seemed to stir the Colne pro into action and along with Walker they set about the Rammy bowling. By this time the threatened rain had come but the umpites stayed out thinking play was still possible. The Colne pair had taken the score to 127 and Kumara had just deposited Hareen for two big 6s when he lobbed a simple catch back to our pro. The rain had not come on any stronger but the umpires decided that the game should come to an end at this stage with both the Rams and Colne lads keen to carry on. However some 15 minutes later the umpires decision was justified as it started to pour down.

Man of the Match – that old stager TP for a billiant 83.