The dependable Duncan Carter showed Littleborough the way in their home game with Ashton at Hare Hill. He had an outstanding spell of bowling with figures of 16.5-3-36-8 which single handedly saw off the visitors, unfortunately the amateur bowlers held very little threat to the talented Ashton batsmen.

Halliday and Trevor Maden sent back Davis 19 and Mottram 24 respectively but little decisive bowling from them after that. Initially it appeared that Carter would not have any luck as he shattered the stumps of Davis only to be no balled, two balls later the same batsman appeared to be caught by Maden off a rearing delivery but it was turned down by the umpire.

Carter had to wait until his ninth over for his first breakthrough but just like buses, one followed another. Ashton slumped from 86-3 to be humbled for 111 Having been given the chance to make up for last weeks debacle at Radcliffe, the Littleborough batsman turned out fantastic batting performance.

Roger Shackleton raced to 20 in as many minutes, then Jack Hunter took over. Still one of the finest sights is Hunter in form, with an array of shots and was a joy to watch. With Eddie Williamson playing an obdurate role , Littleborough were never in danger of being dismissed. It was a pity that Hunter played a single rash shot but that was enough to dismiss him as he was bowled one short of a well deserved fifty. But by that point Littleborough were home and dry.