A game against Castleton Moor at Partington Street and a win was vital as the battle to retain the league title was reaching its climax. Two former Littleborough players starred for the home team, one of them Richard Rushton opened the innings with Walter Bradley.
The start was less than auspicious as both openers fell quickly as Bradley 0 fell at 4 and Rushton 7 at 11-2. Wade and professional Simpson set about repairing the earlier damage and at first it succeeded as both batsmen played the Littleborough bowlers with increasing confidence.
Wade was dismissed at 31 as Gibson took a smart catch off Whipp. With Taylor 10 dismissed at 50-4 the home side needed a partnership to steady the innings. This was achieved as Simpson was joined by J. Fisher they added a quick fire stand of 43 and had the fielders chasing shadows. But annoyingly just as it was becoming dangerous Simpson was caught on the boundary by Wilfred Bowden for a valuable 46
Wickets continued to fall with wickets falling regularly. The second former Boro player Walter Atkin was the last man out for 21 as Castleton Moor were dismissed for an extremely useful 163 and Littleborough would have to bat well if a victory was to be achieved. Walter Whipp performed well with the ball with 28.0-6-59-5 and he was supported well by all his colleagues.
Littleborough’s innings began with the loss of two early wickets as Leach 3 and at 14 the prize wicket of Brown for 4 as it was 14-2 but the early jitters by the Boro teams soon dissolved as Joe Massey and Harry Smith added 90 for the third wicket as the impetus swung strongly towards the visitors.
But typically when one wicket falls another soon followed and this was what happened as both batsmen were out on 104 Massey played around a delivery from Nuttall and was bowled for 50, then Smith was caught by Rushton off J. Clegg for 43. When Wilkinson 1 was bowled by Nuttall the pendulum had swung very much towards the fielding side.
It was soon 129-7 then 141-8 as the Moor bowlers began to take control, but Littleborough were to have the last laugh as an unbeaten partnership of 33 between Whipp 33* and Gibson 15* took the score to 174-8 and to a valuable victory.