Castleton Moor were the visitors to Hare Hill and were blown away by the Littleborough juggernaut which after a faltering start to the season was starting to gain momentum.
The visitors batted first and were blown away for a pitiful 58 as Brown and Ernest Bowden placed a stranglehold around the Castleton Moor batsmen. They were in trouble from the outset with none of the first five batsmen able to achieve double figures.
Pinkney 11 along with Nuttall gave a bit of respite to the struggling side but after Pinkney departed after Bowden had rearranged his stumps but no other batsmen could stay with Nuttall who attempted to carry the tail but failed miserably thanks to some inept batting. The tail only scoring five runs between them.
William Brown had fine figures of 16-4-26-4 but these were eclipsed by Bowden with 15.2-2-30-5 and both bowlers assisted by a fine display in the field saw Castleton Moor close at 58
Littleborough must have dined very well with only 59 to chase for a sixth win in seven games, but it didn’t start well as Wilkinson 7 was the first wicket to fall to professional Tom Simpson. The prize wicket of Brown who was again bowled by Simpson for 8
Any fears of an unlikely defeat were allayed, as Leach 28 and Whipp 15 saw Littleborough past the 59 required to give them an eight wicket victory. But as it was timed cricket the visitors carried on batting but Leach 28 and Whipp 15 were both dismissed within minutes of each other, both to Simpson and once again both were bowled.
Smith 0 was the last wicket to fall to give Simpson his five wicket haul he was given fine support by his fellow bowlers but all had a fruitless afternoon. An unbeaten partnership between Massey 36* and Bowden 19* saw Littleborough reach 118-5 at the close.
Tom Simpson as previously mentioned ploughed a lone furrow as he had good figures of 16-6-35-5 The only highlight of a miserable afternoon for the Partington Street side.
Earlier in the week Littleborough visited Fox Lane for a two innings game against Leyland. The visitors batted first reaching 155-4 with Smith 50* and Bowden 51* the main run scorers.
It would be the only time Littleborough would need to bat as Leyland could only muster 79 and 47 as Littleborough won by a massive innings and 29 runs. The visitors bowlers were in total control throughout as Whipp 7-38 and Wilkinson 3-24 saw off Leyland in the first innings. And Brown 5-16 and Bowden 5-25 condemning the home side to defeat.