Littleborough hosted Crompton and needed a quick turnaround after last weekend’s reversal at Towncroft.

Littleborough won the toss and batted but the old habits came back to haunt them as they were soon in deep trouble. Openers Leach and Massey got off to a solid start, but when the score had reached 15 carnage ensued.

Massey was the first to go as he was struck on the pads and was out LBW for 9 and the procession began. Eight wickets fell for 57 runs in an extraordinary passage of play, thanks to a mixture of inept batting and fine bowling from F. Brown and Lowe.

Other than Leach who scored 14, none of the first eight batsmen reached double figures, but eventually a sense of normality returned as Hurst and Gibson embarrassed the rest of the side with a fine 55 run partnership for the ninth wicket. No batsman looked in trouble and thanks to a mixture of obdurate batting and fine strokes passed the century with ease.

Unfortunately at 112 the partnership was broken as Hurst was bowled by Lowe for a brilliant 31. A further run was added as Littleborough were dismissed for 113 with Gibson unbeaten on 24*

The Crompton opening bowlers performed well with Lowe 15.0-2-35-4 and Brown 16.0-4-46-5 with Duxbury also successful.

Littleborough needed to get early wickets and they did it in spades as the visitors crumbed to 67 all out with no notable batting performances or partnerships as Littleborough took control.

Wilfred Bowden was almost unplayable and no batsman looked comfortable as wickets began to tumble. In a similar start to the hosts Crompton began well thanks to Starkie and Royle. Unlucky 13 raised its ugly head as Starkie who was bowled after he shouldered arms to a delivery from William Brown and was dismissed after scoring all the runs that Crompton had accrued.

It was soon 15-2 as Royle was dismissed for a single. In a mirror image of the first innings wickets continued to tumble, but in contrast to the Littleborough effort there was no big partnerships as only Thorpe 12 and Fred Brown 13 showed any resistance to the Boro attack.

After almost 40 overs of tortuous batting the end of the innings came as a relief to all concerned as Bowden took a sharp return catch to put everyone out of their misery as Crompton were dismissed for just 67. Only William Brown 20.0-4-34-3 and Wilfred Bowden 19.5-4-27-7 were needed to give Littleborough a comfortable 46 run victory, which at the interval was far from certain.