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Final Weekend for Ramsbottom

Almost suddenly, the 2017 season will draw to a close for Ramsbottom this weekend. Although the final round of fixtures takes place next Sunday, Ramsbottom have a bye to allow the Head for the Hills Music Festival to take place.

Saturday sees a trip into white rose territory to take on Todmorden at Centre Vale while the campaign wraps up at home on Sunday when East Lancashire are the visitors. Ramsbottom sit 7th on 127 points, 14 behind Lowerhouse in the 5th place needed to secure a place in the LCB Cup next year and, after last Sunday’s washout, two wins are very much in order to round off the season.

Ramsbottom have named the same team as last weekend, meaning Owen Collinge retains his place in the 1st XI and Will Turner makes a welcome return to the side.

Ramsbottom: Tom Parton*+, JJ Fielding, Martin Cropper, Daryn Smit, Will Turner, Brad Fielding, Jon Fielding, DaleGabriel, Owen Collinge, Simon Read, Matt Burdaky.

The Second XI also round off their campaign with the reverse fixtures. Tod 2s visit Acre Bottom on Saturday where full tea room and bar facilities will be available, while Alexandra Meadows hosts Sunday’s encounter. It’s still all to play for at the top of the table and two wins could put Ramsbottom in the box seat come season’s end.

Ramsbottom: Laurie Marsden*+, Alex Olpin, Nick Round, Johnny Dack, Ben Wilkinson, Sam Price, Matty Sutton, JakeNeary, Jack Thomond, Josh Dentith, Chris Round. AndyWhittle replaces Chris Round on Sunday.

Finally, a special mention to the under 15s who lost narrowly to Nelson in the gloom on Monday night. Nelson posted an impressive 110-4 off 20 overs but Ramsbottom overcame the early loss of Ben Wilkinson to keep up with the run rate of 5.55 an over. Dominic Wood (25) and Henry Doyle (17) kept Ramsbottom in touch, and cameos from Owen Collinge (11), Chris Round (12) and Jake Walker (15) brought Ramsbottom close, but with the light fading and the rain falling, Nelson wrapped up the game, bowling Rammy out for 97. The Ramsbottom youngsters acquitted themselves very well in difficult conditions in front of a healthy crowd, including a number of first and second team players, and they should be very proud of themselves.

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