The top two faced each other as Littleborough made the first ever visit to Redbrook and were bowled out by a clinical Rochdale side.
Batting first Rochdale made use of the wicket and made a steady start, thanks to overseas Ryan Campbell and Jon Henderson. The latter was first to go trapped in front by Dearden, this brought the dangerous Callaghan to the crease .
The two overseas players then posted a dangerous partnership as the boundaries began to flow. Fortunately for Littleborough Fitton had Campbell caught by Miskella when he was beginning to cut loose. Lee Cryer and Gill supported Callaghan extremely well as a large score beckoned.
Wickets fell at 108 as Cryer 16 and at 138 Gill 10 both were dismissed by Dearden but Callaghan was there and was striking the ball with impunity. A mini collapse followed as 141 saw the dismissals of Darryl Cryer 1 and Bux 0 by 16 year old Chris Schofield. When Ayres 0 was caught by Hunter off Dearden, the hosts were wobbling.
Callaghan needed to remain if Rochdale were to make a big score and needed people to bat around him, Avery was batting well when the prize wicket fell. Callaghan edged a delivery from Hunter into the hands of a grateful wicketkeeper Jones for a sublime 74. It was now 176-8 and the tail was exposed.
Only nine runs were added as Avery 13 and Walker 6 fell as the bowlers quickly mopped up the tail. Dearden with 18.0-1-72-4 but all bowlers contributed well. Littleborough was set a challenging 186 to win on an unknown deck to the Littleborough batsmen.
With a touch under four runs per over needed for a valuable victory Littleborough started steadily but were soon in trouble. Dearden 11 and Whiteley 2 were both in the pavilion with 16 runs in the board. And when Hunter 2 fell at 23 the visitors were looking down the barrel.
Dexter Fitton was at the crease and needed support from the remaining batsmen. This was initially successful as both Fitton and Hernon were taking the attack to Rochdale. But disaster struck at 62 when Fitton departed caught by Henderson off Avery for a well made 39.
Wickets fell steadily as Schofield 2, Hernon for a well made 40and Lee Kelly 8 fell before 100 was reached. A sense of inevitability reached the Littleborough side as wickets fell at 108 and two at 110 as the innings spluttered to an unsatisfactory close with all the Rochdale bowlers successful. The lead at the top of the CLL rising to 8 points.