Two of the CLL’s most successful wicket takers Duncan Carter and Cec Wright were on form at Hare Hill on Saturday as Littleborough entertained Walsden.

The result was a very uninteresting afternoon as the ball dominated to such an extent that only 186 were scored in the entire game. Without doubt the Littleborough contingent were extremely happy with the win but for the cricket aficionados who prefer stroke play and exciting batting it must have been a huge disappointment.

Carter was at his penetrative best and like a wizard he cast a spell on all the Walsden batsmen as he finished with 14.7-2-38-7 as the visitors were dismissed for only 81

At the tea interval it was generally agreed that there were no uncertainties in the wicket. Why then, did it take Littleborough longer to get the required runs? The simple answer was that there was so much bad batting.

Jack Hunter found the Walsden bowling very much to his liking unlike some of the other early order batsmen who didn’t look comfortable at any stage. It reached a point in which Littleborough had got themselves into deep trouble.

When Hunter went , Littleborough slumped to 67-7 and only fifteen runs were needed and it was left to Maden and Hobbs to try and get the home team across the line. They were willing to get down the crease to Wright but more importantly the bat was connecting with the ball. The time Maden and Hobbs needed to see Littleborough home to a three wicket win was short but it was certainly sweet.