Ramsbottom picked up maximum points with a 104-run win over Rishton at Acre Bottom. Half centuries by professional Sen Muthusamy and skipper Tom Parton helped Ramsbottom make 249-7. Muthusamy hit six fours and two sixes in making 80 and Parton hit nine fours in his 72. Martin Cropper and JJ Fielding also made 17 apiece with Brad Boddie taking 4-68 and professional Mansoor Amjad 3-58 for Rishton. Muthusamy then took 4-41 and matt Burdaky 3-39 to dismiss Rishton for 145. Chris Sanderson top scored with a league best 70, including ten fours and a six, Sajid Patel hit 31 and Richie Fox 13 for Rishton
Invited to bat on a hot day at Acre Bottom, and a lightening outfield, Ramsbottom did not hold back on piling on the runs against the visitors from Blackburn Road. The pitch was firm and had a little extra pace than usual at Acre Bottom, with plenty of zip for when the bowlers put the ball in the right areas. JJ was the first to go, after another good opening stand of 46, which left Cropper and Parton to add 38 for the second wicket before Martin was judged LBW to the Rishton professional. Muthusamy and Parton both fell in the quest to up the scoring rate towards the end of the innings, and it was left to Dale Gabriel to finish the innings in style with another quick cameo of 14* from 10 balls.
Ramsbottom took the field knowing a couple of early wickets, would be crucial with such a competitive score on the board. Burdaky and Hanson opened up, bowling their usual tight areas, before Burdaky picked up the key wicket of the Rishton professional, well caught by Rob Read at mid-wicket. He continued to bowl some unplayable deliveries as the pitch cracked and the lack of pace, made it more difficult to score. In the quest for the extra 2 points, Ramsbottom attacked and eventually bowled Rishton out in the 37th over.
Last week, the big game at Acre Bottom went the way of Ramsbottom who beat Todmorden by 4 wickets. Jon Fielding took 5-38 to help restrict Todmorden to 139-8. Professional Chris Schofield top scored with an unbeaten 58 from 100 balls, including four fours. Ben Sutcliffe also made 28 and Ben Pearson 17. JJ Fielding hit a career best 59 with seven fours to help Ramsbottom home in the 45th over. Martin Cropper also made 23.
The team travel to Lowerhouse on Saturday, without the injured Rehan Udwadia who suffered a broken thumb over the weekend and is expected to be out for a number of weeks, before no game on the Sunday as the club have received a bye in the LCB cup first round. Yesterday once again saw another healthy crowd at Acre Bottom, and hopefully these can continue to grow throughout the course of the season.