The Littleborough supporters travelling to Crompton were hoping for a complete turn around in fortunes after the shambles the day before.
The supporters prayers were vindicated as It was a different Littleborough In a complete reversal to the performance yesterday. Today it was Jackie Hunter who starred as he was the star with both bat and ball. He returned figures of 6-15 and scored an unbeaten 52* in a memorable all round performance.
Crompton batted first and their innings was to be blunt , one big yawn, as they could score 71 off 33.5 overs. Both Carter and Hunter would be first to admit that their bowling was ordinary, it was steady enough but Crompton were their own enemies. There were too many youngsters in the team and simply did not have the experience to deal with these two premier bowlers.
Openers Derbyshire and Morgan found no problems in the opening attack of Carter and Jimmy Halliday and it was 26 before Morgan was dismissed for 16. At 50-1 Crompton stood a good chance of posting a defendable total. But when Hunter was introduced after 15 overs signalled the end for the Glebe Street side.
Hunter struck virtually immediately and as a consequence it took 10 overs to score 10 runs and the wickets tumbled at regular intervals and no batsman was comfortable and it definitely showed, and Hunter’s final figures of 9.5-3-15-6 showed how much his mesmerising deliveries troubled the batsmen.
But it was Hunter’s batting which was the most vital performance of the day as both Shackleton and Williamson departed with only 6 on the board. Hunter came to the crease and a hit a chanceless innings which included 8 boundaries. Towards the end of the game it looked as if he would run out of time to get a well deserved fifty as Carter hit a dozen of one solitary over from Bradbury.
Fittingly Hunter got his fifty and ended the game by hitting the winning runs in the 19th over as Littleborough ended on 72-3 and a very comfortable victory.