“We never do well against Heywood “ bemoaned the Littleborough supporters before the game at Hare Hill and this prophecy was unfortunately proved right four hours later. During the afternoon Heywood has thrashed Littleborough to close the gap at the summit of the table.

A couple of costly drops at slip let Heywood off the hook as they had lost professional Lever 6 with the score on 14. Trevor Brown and Mc Connell were dropped and at 16-3 Heywood would have been in trouble. But the catalogue of mishaps in the field meant Heywood were virtually home and dry.

Earlier Littleborough’s innings was something approaching a farce. Bob Davies and Roger Shackleton had raced to twenty in as many minutes but both fell to the slow bowling of Horrox.

Unfortunately for Littleborough the procession duly started. Carter 0 and Hunter 1 soon followed as Boro reached 22-4 and the game as a contest was nearly over. Rae and Tattersall temporarily halted the slide with a partnership of 19.

It took Heywood a while to remove the stubborn Tattersall , but with no disrespect to Brian they were not too concerned with his presence at the crease as he was not scoring too quickly at the time. Halliday had a brief but entertaining innings. But Littleborough suffered because none of their recognised batsmen with the exception of Davies were prepared to play any kind of attacking innings.

Littleborough stumbled to 69 all out which Heywood passed effortlessly to win by nine wickets. Littleborough had to quickly regroup as they faced a difficult game with Royton a week later.