Dexter Fitton came back to form as Littleborough secured their second victory of the weekend. His score of 59 proved far too much for a very young Oldham side. The visitors posted an under par 155 which never looked likely to challenge Boro.

Oldham professional John Sylvester didn’t look unduly troubled with his control and placement , totally alien to his usual cavalier style of batting. He hit twelve boundaries scoring at a run a ball during his occupancy of the crease.

Sylvester has to play an anchor role as earlier Oldham had lost McDonnell 1 as he was caught by Jones off Miskella. Holt 2 quickly followed and Oldham slumped to 9-2 in the third over. Andrew Shadford 16 fell at 37. There was a revival with Sylvester and Carl Jump both looking comfortable.

The score had reached 84 when Jump was deceived in the flight and swept across the line and was struck on the pads off Schofield for 16. The visitors needed bodies to support the professional, but the opposite happened, after initial resistance Kipling 6, Garside 7, Moore 2, Mundy 3 and Haigh 3 unable to give Sylvester any support whatsoever.

The professional was the final wicket to fall as he unfortunately missed out on a well deserved century as he gave Fitton the charge, missing the ball and his stumps were shattered. All the bowlers performed well, sharing the wickets as Oldham, as mentioned earlier finished on an under par 155

Littleborough’s reply got off to a fine start as Whiteley unleashed two brilliant cover drives off Sylvester, this seemed to indicate the easy nature of the wicket. The score had reached 39 when Whiteley skied a delivery from Moore which was easily caught by Holt.

Fitton came to the crease and straight away looked menacing with several trademark cover drives. He lost Shimwell 21 at 89 but Dearden appeared and started to up the tempo. Fitton hit seven boundaries in his score of 59 but just as he appeared to guide Littleborough to victory, he flicked the ball to Ian Shaw ho held the catch.

Gar Hunter joined Dearden and they brought the scores level before a Hague full toss accounted for Dearden 37 but Schofield joined Hunter to guide Littleborough home.