It was William Brown v William Brown once again as Littleborough entertained Heywood at Hare Hill as the league reached its penultimate weekend.

Littleborough were keen for revenge as they lost an extraordinary game at Pot Hall in June. The home team batted first and got off to a steady start thanks to Whipp and Massey who punished any wayward deliveries by Heywood opening bowlers Ashton and H. Watson.

Massey had played a fine anchor role and looked in little trouble until he was beaten by a quicker delivery from H. Watson which sent his stumps tumbling. Billy Brown came to the crease and matched Whipp run for run until at 63 Whipp was bowled in identical fashion to Massey and the opener departed for 39

Littleborough needed to keep up the impetus and Harry Smith was just the person to assist Brown with a quickfire stand of 38 as Littleborough reached the century with the loss of only 2 wickets. Ashton claimed the prize wicket of Brown 23 as he became third to be bowled.

From this point it was downhill all the way as the Heywood bowlers took charge as eight Littleborough wickets fell for 51 runs Smith received no help as he ploughed a lone furrow, scoring 45 before he too was bowled and Littleborough went from 101-2 to 152-10 and a victory was looking far from a certainty. H. Ashton bowled a fine spell of 9.3-0-54-6 and Heywood would certainly dine a lot more happier than the hosts.

The Littleborough attack needed a quick breakthrough to stand any chance of victory but the total opposite happened as Howarth and Wharton got Heywood off to a fine start, adding 60 for the first wicket.

Wharton departed for 28 thanks to a fine delivery from Wilfred Bowden and when H. Watson fell next ball, Heywood needed to rebuild. Instead of that they lost three quick wickets as Ernest joined the party to leave the visitors in trouble at 77-5 with the top order back in the pavilion.

Jarrott was joined by Schofield and got the visitors back in the game with a very useful stand of 49 which was ended when Jarrott fell for a valuable 32. At 126-6 Heywood were still firmly in the driving seat, but Schofield needed support from the tail. Fortunately for Littleborough the tail failed to wag as only six more runs were added to leave the home team victorious by 20 runs as Heywood were dismissed for 132

The Bowden brothers did most of the damage with Ernest taking 5-55 and Wilfred 3-16 but all bowlers played their part.

The season ends next weekend with a home game against Oldham with Littleborough hoping for a similar result to end this most unusual season.