Littleborough journeyed to The Pollards to face a tough game against an Oldham side desperate for points at the wrong end of the table.

Littleborough batted first and lost two quick wickets as Davies 5 and Hunter 4 both fell to Fitzpatrick and the visitors were playing catch-up within the first ten overs. However the side suddenly began to wake up, thanks to skipper Shackleton and Barry Rae who began to take on the Oldham attack.

They matched fire with fire, punishing any wayward deliveries with venom, the boundary was reached with great regularity as the partnership passed fifty. Former Littleborough deputy professional Malcolm Hilton was introduced into the attack and it almost immediately began to pay dividends.

Hilton began to weave his magic almost immediately as Shackleton 34 was dismissed with Rae 38 soon following. The visitors needed the momentum to continue, with this in mind Carter began to play more aggressive shots with Williamson playing in a similar fashion.

The hundred was passed without further loss and the strokes became more flamboyant as Littleborough began to take control. However Williamson was smartly stumped by Proctor for 14 and the Boro had now to rebuild.

Oldham fought their way back into the game as three wickets fell cheaply as Maden 6, Hunter 4 and Canavan 6 on debut. Carter was however still at the crease and was looking for the lower order to give him some support. However it was the hard hitting Barbadian who was next to go as Meredith took a fine catch to dismiss him for 34

Halliday was now the senior partner and he was joined by Jenkins to hopefully push the score along. Unfortunately Halliday was out later in the Buckley over as Hilton took the catch to dismiss him for a dozen and to end the innings at a challenging 161

The introduction of Hilton was the turning point as his six wickets were invaluable and kept the game delicately poised at the tea interval.

A repeat performance by the host’s was needed if Oldham were to challenge the 162 needed for victory but in fairness they were never in with a shout as wickets fell regularly and partnerships hard to come by as they stumbled to 101 all out. All the Littleborough bowlers bowled a tight line and length and together with fine fielding they produced an almost faultless performance in the field.

Duncan Carter with 4-34 was the most successful but the 3-37 from Jackie Hunter and the fine performances by the other bowlers take equal credit. The next game at home to Radcliffe will be interesting as both sides need a winning run to hopefully propel them up the table as the season draws to a close.