As the 1920 season was drawing to a close Littleborough dominated a poor Royton side at Hare Hill on Saturday.

 

The Royton team were in trouble from the outset as Hasty was sent back by Whipp in the first over for nought. Fellow opener Fielding was joined by Harold Morton and together they gave the Royton contingent the only high point in a thoroughly miserable afternoon as they added 25 in quick time as both batsmen struck both Brown and Whipp to all parts of the ground.

 

The partnership added 25 runs before Fielding 14 was caught twice Massey off Brown and thereafter it was total carnage as the last nine wickets fell for just 27 runs. H. Morton was joined by Walter Morton but the brothers did not have much time in the middle as Brown bowled both of them in quick succession, William for nought and Harold for 15 it was now 30-3 and Brown who’s fast medium bowling had the batsmen dancing in the crease.

 

In a fine display of quick bowling almost the entire Royton team were beaten by Brown’s pace and movement, the only exception was Zadoc Chester 3 who was bowled by fellow pace bowler Whipp. No player could master the bowling and nobody looked confident.

The scorecard looked like an entry in yellow pages as nobody scored above six with six batsmen “failing to trouble the scorers” the unofficial twelfth man “Mr Extras” making eleven. Royton were all out for 52 from a Royton viewpoint 26 tortuous overs.

As you would imagine the Littleborough bowlers returned remarkable figures, none more than William Brown who’s 13.0-5-16-8 are amongst the best returns in the club’s history. The figures from Whipp 13.0-4-25-2 provided the perfect foil for Brown.

Littleborough would have had every right to strut to the wicket with an air of confidence, but would be made to work for the victory. Any ideas of an easy ten wicket victory were soon dissipated as Massey 7 and Wilkinson 3 were dismissed by Chester and Leach 5 was bowled by Shaw as the homesters slumped to 20-3

Enter William Brown who was the lynchpin to the eventual victory as he scored a match winning 64. The victory was not without trouble as like the visitors only two players Brown 64 and Hurst 14* scored double figures. The winning total of 53 was passed and Littleborough continued batting to reach 111-10 at the close.

Chester bowled a fine spell of 13.0-1-52-6 and maybe if another bowler had bowled with equal tenacity, maybe the result could have been closer or even reversed.