With victories a rarity this season Littleborough hosted another mid table team as Milnrow travelled to Hare Hill. The teams had contrasting results in their previous games, Littleborough losing a tight game at Middleton, whilst Milnrow had completely overwhelmed Castleton Moor, bowling them out for 24 in just 9.3 overs.

 

Littleborough took first knock and the all to familiar problems appeared once again as Williamson 0, Hunter 1 and Carter 0 left them three down with the score not yet in double figures. When Shackleton was bowled by Dymock it was 18-4 and Milnrow must have thought it was Castleton Moor all over again.

 

However Rae and Davies had a different plan as they began to turn defence into attack as they despatched the Milnrow bowling to all parts of the large ground. Rae reached fifty as the score reached the magic 100 which seemed an unattainable dream earlier in the afternoon.

Unfortunately Rae fell for a well compiled 78 as the score reached 110 and Davies fell soon after as Milnrow were now back in the game, however Davies was to be their final success as Maden 18* and Tattersall 6* saw the home side close on a creditable 152-7

Milnrow set about reaching the required 153 with determination as both Wales and Power gave the visitors a solid start. Jack Hunter was bowling as well as ever and he was eventually rewarded with the wickets he deserved. He snapped up the wickets of Wales 10 and Reynolds 4 in quick succession and he didn’t have long to wait as Power 15 had his stumps disturbed as the game was now in the balance.

Carter took his first wicket as he bowled McMillan for 8 just as he and professional Grieves were looking comfortable. Neville Rayner joined Grieves and they began to find the bowling to their liking as the deficit began to reduce. Littleborough shuffled the attack trying to break the partnership and it was Jimmy Halliday who was successful as Grieves departed for 24

Milnrow were just about in the game as Bond replaces the professional and a mid wicket conference was held. The clouds were thickening once again and they both needed to increase the run rate if the visitors were to gain anything from the game.

The two batsmen matched each other stroke by stroke as the run rate rapidly mounted but as the score approached 90 Bond was stranded after a mid wicket mix up and he was run out for 17 Things looked bleak for Milnrow as the innings petered out as John Abrahams 0* and Dymock 5* saw them reach 102-7 as the overs ran out.