In a total reversal of the previous day’s capitulation at Partington Street , Littleborough’s batsmen all hit form together and Crompton didn’t know what hit them.

It was scored off a weakened attack due to holidays, but this is no detriment to the quality of the batting. The wicket was a problematic one which tore the heart out of the Crompton batting., with Alan Whiteley the star as he earned a collection with figures of 6.1-0-20-5

The home side could not have wished for a better start as the opening batsmen Shackleton and Davies cut out all subtlety and punished the bowlers in a chase for quick runs, Davies being particularly brutal. He was unfortunately out for 45 thanks to a touch of impatience.

Both openers were given a lessons in batting by Jack Hunter his innings including a massive six into the school fields. Jack was well supported by Barry Rae 31 and Trevor Maden a handy 13 to take them past 200 with the wicket showing little of the menace which would soon follow.

Only Atkinson with 28 could at first master the Littleborough bowling especially when Carter started making the ball fly, from then on Crompton were in trouble especially with some smart fielding.

Jimmy Halliday took a brilliant slip catch to Morgan, after that Carter got to work. Without having to pitch short, he made deliveries rear up and Atkinson 28, Franklin 2 and Walters 3 were all caught near the wicket after protecting themselves. It may have been unpleasant but it was fair. Apart from Atkinson, Marsh made 42 as Crompton were shot out for 106 Carter joining Whiteley with figures 12.0-2-28-5