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Ramsbottom travelled to the MyProtein Turf Moor on Saturday to take on Burnley 3XI in the final group game.
Burnley won the toss and decided to bat on a green seamer and were in early trouble as the dangerous youngster Zore
was caught at first slip by Parkinson off the bowling of Jake Walker.
A tight spell of bowling followed from Walker & Storey before Abbas crashed two boundaries going over the top and assisted by Molloy
took the home side innings to 40 before another lofted drive found Kenyon at long on off the bowling of Doyle,Abbas gone for 21.
Doyle stuck again soon after as Molloy was caught at point by Lee for 19 with the score 48-3.
With two new batters at the crease Tomlinson and Johnstone began to repair the innings with Tomlinson in perticular the aggressor
hitting a six and 6 fours on his way to a fine 44 before falling to the same fate as Abbas caught at Long On by Kenyon this time from
the bowling of Collinge and was quickly followed by Johnstone caught at slip by Storey off C Round for 19.
A flurry of quick wickets saw Broadhurst and Skipper Sutcliffe both bowled by Collinge for 2 & 1 respectively and a sharp run out by
Parkinson sent Shahid back for 8 , then Metcalfe caught by Storey off Ed Lees first delivery for 5 and Burnley were 135-9.
An excellent last stand from the experienced Whittle and Youngster Ella Harrison, who played some fine shots and respectability was
restored to the innings before the returning Storey bowled Whittle for 14 leaving Harrison unbeaten on 19* to close the innings
on 175 all out.
Collinge the pick of the Ramsbottom bowlers with 3-28.
Following a short interval of Burnleys fine hospitality and a quick viewing of Indias demise at the hands of Bairstow and Co
Ramsbottom Openers Ben Wilkinson and Nick Round took to the field to begin the innings.
Some early wayward bowling from the home side saw Wilkinson take full advantage dispatching early boundaries and despite several
bowling changes from Skipper Sutcliffe both openers cashed in and raced into the 40s.
The dropped catch of Wilkinson on 48 summed up the day for the home side and they were made to pay as Wilkinson reached a fine half century
until finally being caught by Sutcliffe off the bowling of Abbas for 70 including eleven fours off 68 balls.
At the other end another faultless display from Nick Round also produced another half century for the inform batsman
and the away side were in full control as Ben Parkinson crashed a quickfire 22 off 12 balls with 3 fours and a 6 before being run out with
the score on 134-2.
The returning Collinge from a midseason break in the mediterranean joined Nick and continued to chip away at the total required but with
just 3 runs required Collinge fell to the bowling of Metcalfe for 11.
But the damage was done and it was left to Nick Round to finish off the innings with a cover drive for 4 and another superb innings of
70 not out off 62 balls including 9 fours.
This concludes the Group C games with Ramsbottom topping the table amassing 132 points with 11 wins from 12 games.
Ramsbottom entertained Rishton in the final home game of the season on Sunday and with the Away side losing the toss the
home side choose to bat and this proved to be the determining factor of the game as the Rams openers Nick Round and Ben Wilkinson
quickly raced off to 44 without loss until Wilkinson was caught for 18 off the bowling of Stewart.
This brought Andy Whittle to the crease replacing Ben Parkinson in the side who was otherwise engaged with Macclesfield Towns pre season duties.
The ever reliable Whittle, a former 3XI Captain capably assisted by Nick Round then took the bowling apart and both raced to 50s as the growing crowd looked on in
anticipation that something special may just ensue.
And they were not left wanting as Whittle reached a landmark century, a beautifully crafted innings of shot selection and field manipulation
but this was only the beginning of what followed.
Nick Round, a young man of few words simply lets his bat do the talking and promptly joined Whittle in the centurions club and a truly
outstanding partnership of 200 before Whittle succumbed on 101 off 77 balls with 14 fours was bowled by the thankful Hickey.
Ramsbottom all rounder Storey dispatched an early four before departing on 5 again bowled by the useful Hickey but the damage was done and
with Rishton using all but the WicketKeeper in a desperate hope of the prized wicket of Round , Nick then went to another level crashing
boundaries to all parts.
The returning Doyle from injury raced to 16 not out and the innings closed on 299-3 from the alloted overs.
Nick Round carried his bat finishing on 137 not out from 124 balls including 17 fours and the crowd and teammates rose to applaud, led by his ever present proud parents
Iain and Jan,one of the finest innings ever witnessed in 3XI cricket from an outstanding,determined,stylish batsman and cricketer.
Following the short break of sustinance provided by Sandra,the Rishton innings began.
A vital and early breakthrough found the away side 2-1 as Fox fell to a catch at slip from who else but that man Whittle off the bowling
of Storey and one became two as keeper Wilkinson nonchalantly caught Bolton behind one handed off Walker and the score was 3-2.
Skipper Hickey and Ainscough both batted well and decided to take the task on until the left arm spin of Doyle removed the pair and G.Taylor
leaving Rishton reeling at 95-5.
Stewart returned some brief normality with a selection of big hitting but was found wanting to the gentle medium pace of 12 year old
Oliver Croft and on his senior debut he clean bowled the dangerman and the innings was all but done.
Ed Lee got in on the act with his off spin and removed L.Taylor and Greaves which left Storey to wrap up the innings seeing of Slater,again caught by Whittle
and the Rishton innings closed on a respectable 141 and the Rams secured another 12 points prompting the weekly renditon of Neil Diamond from the dressing room.
Sunday brought a short trip over the A56 to Dill Hall Lane to take on Enfield
Despite the recent tropical climate a rare overcast day looked in store and with a green wicket it
appeared a bowlers paradise so it came as a surprise when Enfield elected to bat.
Ramsbottom opened up with 13 years old Tom Ireland who bowled an economical spell of seam and was unlucky
not to pick up an early wicket with a dropped catch at slip but it was the Peel Brow Express Ryan Storey who
got the rewards.
Bowling down the hill Storey removed three of the top four batsman with the ball swinging both ways F Basharat(5) caught by Whittle
at slip,the dangerous Demaine(0)LBW walking across one and Garratty(15)with an outstanding take by Gloveman Parkinson and when Chris Round
bowled Clark(21)to a rare sight of one that didnt turn the home side were 45-4.
A Cook offered the only resistance with 22* from 53 balls but once Chris Round removed Big Bash(1) Cook simply ran out of partners
at the other end as 15 years old Jake Walker continued his fine form and with a plethora of yorkers
duly dismissed A Shah(3),K Shackleton(0),R Winnard(0) and B Garraty(0) leaving Owen Collinge to bring the innings to a
close on 76 with one ball one wicket bowling Captain A Shackleton(0).
Ramsbottom bowler Storey returned figures of 3-22,Walker 4-12 and C Round 2-6.
Following arguably the best Tea of the season from Enfields culinary craft the teams were refuelled and
with the sun breaking through the away supporters hastily scampered for hats and cream.
The Ramsbottom openers set about the low total and with the scoreboard on 11 Ben Wilkinson was the first to succumb bowled by Demaine for 5.
Ben Parkinson arrived at the crease to " a friendly welcome " and along with Nick Round the pair looked comfortable until Demaine
once again did the damage bowling Round for 11 followed by Parkinson caught behind for 19 and it seemed game on with the score 47-3.
However the home sides enthusiasm was quickly silenced as Vice Captain Owen Collinge and experienced campaigner Andy Whittle
diffused any hope of a home win with some fine shot selections and patience to close the game on 77-3, Collinge 26* and Whittle 13* with
Demaine the pick of the bowlers with an excellent spell 3-12.
The win leaves Ramsbottom requiring 6 points from the remaining 2 games to clinch the Group C title .
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There's plenty of social events on the way down at Acre Bottom and to mark your card, here are two that you may be interested in
On Saturday 11th August @8 p.m. we have the Chairman's Charity Evening in support of The Christie Charity. For your entertainment we have an Elvis Las Vegas Tribute and Comedian Jack Ryan performing for us on the night.
Tickets are priced at £10 and they are now on sale at the club or through Rod (07549642788) - again please do your utmost to enable us to raise money for The Christie. We all know someone affected by cancer and the wonderful work The Christie does in supporting sufferers.
This one had already proven to be popular - on Friday 7th September @7 p.m. we are staging our first Gin Festival. Due to demand, the last few tickets now on sale at the club @ £7.50 each.
There will be over 50 gins to taste so act quickly to confirm your attendance before it becomes a sell out.
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