Worsley Cup Match Report Ramsbottom 1st XI v Lowerhouse 1st XI  – 15 June 2024

LCC 146 for 6 (26 overs) RCC 145 for 6 (26 overs) – Match reduced to 26 overs due to rain

Scorecard here

Heartbreaking Defeat in Worsley Cup Thriller

This was a bitter pill to swallow for the Rams who for the second game running succumbed to a last ball defeat having matched our 1st division opponents every phase of the contest.

A miserable rainy morning and early afternoon eventually cleared to allow the groundstaff to get the game on and a 26 over a side match commenced with Lowerhouse taking first knock.

The Rams enjoyed early success when the Bird bowled the prolific scoring Ben Heap for 4 and then quickly followed up by repeating the feat on the Lowerhouse number 3, Walker

There then follwed an excellent partnership between the opposition pro Salpietro and Jonny Whitehead (who had smashed the League amateur batting record with 189 against Middleton the previous week). The pair added 101 before Salpietro was bowled by Hareen for 40.

After that wickets fell at regular intervals until the innings closed on 146 for 6 with Whitehead’s contribution being a magnificent 83, comprising of ten 4s and two 6s before he was bowled by Hareen with the score on 146.

This was always going to be a tough chase for the Rams and we needed a decent start against Lowerhouse’s strong bowling attack. This we got with JJ and TP playing sensibly and picking up runs at a fairly decent rate. JJ was the main scorer in their partnership with TP content to play an anchor role giving his partner the strike at every opportunity.

The pair had put on 65 when Tom was adjudged lbw to Paddy Martin’s off spin bowling around the wicket for 20. The same fate befell Ben with the score on 76.

JJ then reached a well deserved half century and looked to have the measure of the opposition attack so it came as a big surprise when he played an illjudged shot against the aforementioned Martin giving mid on easy catch. His 54 included four 4s and was an excellent knock.

By this time the Rams were slightly behind the required run rate so it was left to our pro Hareen and Brad to up the ante. This they did with the latter playing the more aggressive role. The pair took the score to 101 before Brad ran himself out going for a single which was never on.

The Rams skipper Harry then joined his paid man at the wicket and with only a few overs remaining the pair set about the run chase with relish. The running between the wickets was exciting to say the least and with tthe odd four thrown in they took the score closer to the target before Hareen fell to an excellent pressure catch at deep mid off for 25.

Joe then joined Harry and runs were scrambled until we came to the last ball of the game with two needed to tie, which would have resulted in us progressing to the semi final due to us losing fewer wickets. Saldy for us the Lowerhouse field was well set and although Harry got reasonable contact with the ball, a good throw in from Charlie Cottam resulted in Joe being comfortably run out ending a fabulous game of cricket.

Despite being devastated by this result the Rams can take great credit with the way they competed against one of the top sides in the 1st division, who they matched on every level.

Man of the Match – JJ for his fine knock.