Littleborough travelled to Partington Street in a determined mood following the defeat at Ashton last weekend. The old batting problems came back to haunt the visitors as they lost an early wickets, as Shackleton 9 was caught behind by wicketkeeper Jones off Howarth.

In came Hunter at three and he hit the headlines with an unbeaten 75, initially scoring slowly but with yet another string of single figure performances by the middle to lower order who are struggling for runs. Duncan Carter with 14 was the only batsman able to stick with Hunter.

At 78-9 Jenkins joined Hunter who then cut loose scoring fifty in half an hour. The remarkable facet to this last week partnership is that Jenkins finished the innings on 0*

Castleton Moor came to the crease and the innings mirrored the preceding Littleborough innings almost exactly. They too lost early wickets as they slumped to 25-4. Gowland 0 fell at 1 thanks to a pacy delivery from Carter. Hunter grabbed three wickets and sent the Littleborough supporters into delirium as he took the early wicket of Goolam Abed 10 thanks to a delivery which moved considerably and bowled him round his legs.

David Hill fell at 14 and became Hunter’s second victim and was replaced by David Schofield who realised he needed to stay there if they had any chance of victory. He and Don Jones gave the innings impetus and they added 59 without incident. At 84 the partnership was broken as Jones was caught behind for 21. This saw a collapse as two further wickets fell without any addition to the score.

Malcolm Yates was bowled by Jenkins and in the same over Schofield was caught by Shackleton for a determined 43. Peter Grant and Roy Williams attempted to get Castleton Moor back on track and they took the score to 119 when Carter sent Williams back to the pavilion after bowling him for 18.

Howarth 2 fell at 119 and Syddall 1 fell at 129 with Grant 25* which ended the innings some five runs short. It is a game which the home side should have won if someone could have stayed with Grant it surely would have happened. Carter 17.1-2-44-4, Hunter 10.0-1-45-3 and Jenkins 5.0-0-20-2 who all kept the Castleton Moor batsmen on their toes in more ways than one.