Littleborough took the points in a close game at The Racecourse on Saturday. After a steady start Radcliffe opening bowler Shah made inroads into the Littleborough batsmen with the wickets of Shimwell 11 and Whiteley 16 as the total stood at 33-2

Dearden joined Fitton and together took the score to 56 when Fitton was caught behind by MacAuley for 8. Hunter helped Dearden steady the ship with Hunter 12 and Schofield 20 being useful foils for the in form batsman. After Hunter and Schofield had been dismissed Mark Hernon joined the fray and together took the score to 164 when Skuse bowled Dearden for a fine 70

Skipper Jones made a useful 24 bowled by Savage at 211 but Hernon ended on 42* as Littleborough made a more than useful 229-7 in 48 overs. All Radcliffe bowlers returned useful figures, which the visitors had to more than match in order for Littleborough to be victorious.

It was a concerning start for the Littleborough bowlers as Skuse and Alldred seemed untroubled by either Miskella or Stephens. You couldn’t keep Dearden out of the game as he was the partnership breaker and dismissed both openers Skuse 46 and Alldred 54

He also weighed in with the wickets of Langhorn 7 and D. Jones 2. In between Radcliffe overseas Jeffrey made a vital 54 before being caught by Stephens off Miskella. It was now 183-5 with six overs remaining and the game was in the balance.

Miskella claimed the wickets of Brooks 4 and Savage 12 as Radcliffe lost wickets trying to get the runs required. Littleborough couldn’t get the final wicket as Radcliffe ended on 221-9 only eight runs short. Dearden ended on 12.0-0-59-4 which made him man of the match.