Dexter Fitton managed five runs more than the entire Crompton side combined as Hare Hill saw him in his imperious pomp. By his own standards it has been a patchy season for Fitton but with a fantastic track and lightning outfield he got down to the job in hand.

Arriving in the middle after the departure of Dearden 11 at 16-1 he joined Whiteley and compiled his highest score in the Boro Blue and Gold. His placement of shots was exquisite and he made all the Crompton side sweat. Visiting professional Zaf Iqbal kept plugging away, and was rewarded with the wickets of Whiteley 28 and Hernon 11 which brought Gar Hunter to the crease.

Surprisingly Hunter made his first fifty of the season as he helped put on a fourth wicket partnership of 158 with Fitton. Gar fell off the last ball of the innings for 53, but Fitton was untroubled as he made an unbeaten 157 as Littleborough ended on a huge 274-4 which stunned the visitors.

After Brendan Miskella dismissed Whiston 9 and the dangerous Amwar Khan 0 it was a case of when, not if, Littleborough would get maximum points. Lee Kelly lent a hand as he dismissed Iqbal 29 and Fitton accounted for John Stapleton 39.

As the wickets tumbled, Hunter was keen to catch the eye of Littleborough captain Peter Jones. When called up in the 37th over he ended the game when he bowled Griffiths for nine, as Crompton ended on 152