Littleborough made their last ever visit to Pot Hall for a unique encounter William Brown was the professional for Heywood and William Brown ( Billy ) the professional or Littleborough. Has this ever happened before or since I wonder?
The game itself was an extremely close encounter as the hosts posted 114-10 Heywood got off to a solid start with Howarth and Wharton both looking comfortable. Wharton 21 was the first wicket to fall as Billy Brown began to take control.
Fletcher and F Watson both offered catches to Hurst and Massey respectively and both for nought, as Heywood began to capitulate. When Howarth 32 was out bowled by Whipp they were 60-4 and in need of a solid performance by their middle order William Brown and Jarrott.
They both repaired he earlier damage, keeping the two opening bowlers reasonably quiet, but within two overs of each other Jarrott 16 was caught by Whipp off Brown and then Billy Brown dismissed William Brown thanks to a catch from Fred Wilkinson for 14.
The remaining batsmen caused minimal trouble for the Littleborough bowlers as they were dismissed for 114. All bowlers used performed well, Whipp 13.2-2-35-4 and Billy Brown 25.0-10-43-6 With Massey and Wilkinson performing well without success.
Littleborough failed to build on a positive start by Wilkinson 10 and Leach who made 35, the highest score of the day. Wickets tumbled at regular intervals as William Brown began to take control Wilkinson 10 was his first victim then the already unusual contest became even more bizarre when you’ve guessed it William bowled Billy for nought to give Heywood the upper hand.
Only Whipp 24 and Clegg 15* challenged the Heywood attack and Littleborough were bowled out for 95 in 28.1 overs Heywood the winners by 19 runs William Brown with magnificent figures of 14.1-3-33-8 The last game at Pot Hall didn’t quite go to plan and Littleborough were hoping the game next season at Heywood’s new home at The Crimble would bring better success. I’m certain there won’t be many games like this one for a number of reasons.