Match Report Ramsbottom 1st XI v Rawstenstall 1st XI  – 2 June 2024

RamCC 172 All Out (49 overs) RawCC 146 All Out (44 overs) 

Scorecard here

Rawstenstall Pro gives us a scare but the Rams Come out on Top

The Rams entertained local rivals Rawstenstall who have had a poor start to the season and were rooted at the bottom of the table.

After winning the toss and electing to bat we had a quick reminder that this was not going to be a walk in the park as we lost our talented opening pair of JJ (6) and TP (9) to the opposition pro Fernando with only 43 runs on the board off several overs with the “Rocky lads” bowling and fielding really well.

Ben and Hareen then had a promising stand and it took the introduction the legendary spinner “Kes” Roscoe to split them when he had Ben (33) stumped with the score on 87.

Skipper Harry then joined our pro and looked in good nick and the score moved on nicely to 124 when Hareen (40) played a shot he will want to forget and was caught a deep mid off.

Harry (31) fell rather unfortunately to a ball the kept really low and then there was flurry of wickets with only Tom (22) looking comfortable as we capitulated to 172 all out with Fernando and Roscoe taking 4 wickets apiece.

Right from the start of the Rawstenstall innings it became apparent their hopes rested heavily on the shoulders of their professional, Fernando. He was the only one who played our opening attack of the Bird and Joe with any confidence, so much so he had made 40 out of 55 when the first 4 wickets had fallen, three to Joe and one to the Bird.

The next two amateurs, Etchells and Ben Roscoe, assisted their paid man before Etchells was run out and Roscoe brilliantly caught by Shaq at deep mid off with the score on 107.

Everything then depended on Fernando and along with Strand he was able to take the score to 133 before Shaq bowled the amatuer. Runs then cam slowly but with plenty of overs remaining the pendulum was swinging in “Rocky’s” favour.

Harry then played a masterstoke by introducing JJ into the attack. He soon brought about two dismissals, a spectacular caught and bowled to get rid of Hussey then having Sutcliffe bowled with his next delivery.

This brought “Kes” to the wicket. Anybody who thought it was game over had never seen this man bat before. Why he has never occupied a higher batting position has been a source of amazement to me. Although not making any attempt to score he displayed a “Chris Tavare” style of batting of thou shalt not pass, which thwarted the home attack.

The Rams resorted to giving Fernando singles with a spread out field which allowed him to reach a well deserved century but with the overs running out he made his one mistake of the day, going down the track to JJ but being beaten by spin and stumped by Harry to give us a 26 run victory and maximum 12 pont haul.

Man of the Match – A lot of reasonable performances but this goes to JJ for his crucial 3 for 5 spell when the game could have gone either way.

Footnote – this game was sponsored by John Ramsbottom and John Fox who invited some of the older players from Ramsbottom, Rawstenstall and Haslingden who enjoyed a great day. Our thanks go to them.