Littleborough hosted Milnrow anxious to maintain the high standard of cricket which sees them amongst the league echelons. Their cause was not helped when their leading amateur wicket taker Ernest Bowden was struck in the warm up and had to miss the game due to injury. His place taken by H. Horrocks.
Littleborough captain Potter sent Milnrow in to bat and they struck immediately and with a vengeance. After two overs the visitors had collapsed to 3-3 thanks to Howard 1 and the very next ball Professional Waller departed for a duck, both thanks to Brown.
Things went from bad to worse as Cross was bowled by Massey for 2. Milne and Brierley attempted to give Littleborough something to bowl at, but at 13 Brierley was run out trying to give Milne the strike. Milne took “the bit between his teeth” and together with Hutchinson doubled the score when Hutchinson departed due to the Leach / Brown combination.
The bowlers were now in total control but Stott and Milne had other ideas and tried to hit Milnrow out of trouble. This went well initially as the visitors had a purple patch with the bat as they took the attack to the bowling side. Just when things were beginning to look bright for the visitors, Stott edged the ball to keeper Hurst for a valuable 13 it was now 42-6 and Milnrow were back to square one.
Luckily Buckley gave Milne good support and they batted sensibly and even at 50-7 a defendable total was well within reach if they continued a similar approach. At 72 the partnership came to an end as Milne was beaten by a quicker ball from Brown for a fine 34. Littleborough quickly mopped up the tail as Buckley 22, Fielding 4 and Cross 1 were all dismissed to leave Milnrow all out for 92 A poor return but as they were 3-3 at one stage it was a lot better than it looked in the early stages.
All the Littleborough bowlers performed well. Brown was frugal as usual with figures of 17.3-4-40-7 and was well supported by Wilfred Bowden and Joe Massey with a wicket each. Milnrow knew that they had to equal or better Littleborough’s performance if they were to escape with anything from the game.
Milnrow fought back with a vengeance as Littleborough’s reply began poorly. Cecil Leach 1 and Wilfred Bowden 0 both departed to Waller as the score limped to 11-2, a lot better than 3-3 but there was definitely no room for complacency. But Brown and Massey steadied the ship with a fine partnership of 38 until Massey was bowled by Hutchinson for 31.
Brown was joined by Smith who then took the home team to the brink of victory, when Brown was dismissed by Cross off Milne for 24. Wilkinson hit the winning runs but at 96. Smith was adjudged LBW off Waller for 31. This was totally irrelevant as the game was already won. Clegg and Wilkinson batted out time as Littleborough ended on 96-5 to win by six wickets.
Waller with creditable figures of 13.9-2-30-3 was the only bowler to trouble the batsmen and Littleborough looked forward to a home game against Moorside next Saturday, aiming to better the earlier tied game at Turf Pit Lane in May.