Littleborough’s winning streak came to a crashing end as they lost by 79 runs at Werneth.
The home side were indebted to messrs Lashbrooke 84 and Sugden 56* after the Littleborough opening bowlers had wreaked havoc in the hosts top order as Whittaker 2, and Haggas 0 were soon back in the pavilion, having being dismissed by Whipp and Brown respectively.
Holden and Lashbrooke were now at the crease and provided the partnership that the home supporters were craving for. They added a quick fire thirty before Holden 15 was snapped up by Brown off Massey. Two quick wickets fell as Mellor 7 and professional Morgan 0 were dismissed as the visitors were now in the ascendancy.
W. Sugden joined Lashbrooke and this topsy turvy game swung the pendulum firmly towards the home side. The batted with the “free spirit “ which was absent earlier in the day. 150 came and went as the fielding side were chasing shadows as the scoreboard began to tick over at an alarming rate.
Lashbrooke was run out as a result of a mid wicket mix up for a fantastic 84 But with Sugden bringing up his fifty soon after, the run rate was still ascending. Thursfield departed for 5 but Sugden 56* and Chester 14* were there at the close as Werneth closed at an impressive 195-7. All the Littleborough bowlers toiled and were rewarded with wickets, but only an aggressive and high standard of batting could overturn this excellent performance by the Werneth team.
Any chance of a Littleborough victory disappeared in the first half an hour of their reply, as Morgan began to take control. Massey 4 and Leach 9 failed to give the visitors the start that was desperately needed. When debutant Seddon went for a duck, Littleborough were 20-3 and in desperate straits.
Brown 21 and Smith 41 gave the innings a much needed boost and when Wilkinson 23 was dismissed, so were any chances of a Littleborough victory. The wickets continued to fall with regularity and they limped to 116 when Hurst was bowled to end the innings at 116
Morgan was in brilliant form with the ball and with figures of 16.5-4-51-6 he practically won the game for Werneth on his own. Littleborough were due to host Rochdale at Hare Hill next Saturday, but the game would never take place.