Littleborough’s “beat the clock” gamble came up trumps as they gained valuable points at The Pollards.

The reason for the race was a rain delay which meant that Littleborough had to race to get their overs in to reward Dexter Fitton for his magnificent century and to prevent the game ending in a soggy draw.

Skipper Peter Jones turned to spin with the two Chris’ Dearden and Schofield to get their overs in, and they were rewarded as they took seven wickets in eighteen overs.

A run out had already accounted for home professional John Sylvester for a duck and as a consequence the two spinners were always in control if they could get the overs in. Dearden led the way with 19.0-2-98-5 and Schofield 19.0-3-93-2 as well as being a livewire in the field.

However neither could dislodge Paul Thompson or Andy Redford cheaply, as they stubbornly held the middle order together and ensured Oldham could save at least a point.

Earlier Dexter Fitton had shone with a classy 117 which included a fourth wicket stand of 127 with Gar Hunter. Fitton was particularly dismissive of Stuart Moore after he had removed Mark Whiteley 22 and Peter Shimwell 5

A target of 266 for victory was always going to be a tail order for Oldham, but it was a scramble to victory for the visitors.