25 years ago on Sunday July 18th 1993 Littleborough entertained 8th placed Stockport at Hare Hill.
After a fantastic victory at Towncroft against Middleton they knew that only a victory would be sufficient to maintain their title challenge.
In a match reduced to 46 overs Stockport were inserted, a move which immediately paid dividends as the visitors were reduced to 22-4 off 15 overs. Opener Papazaglakis, Hall and Nick Heyward were soon back in the pavilion all removed by Brendan Miskella, with Martin Malone removing the Professional Akhtar for one.
Steve Busby was still there ploughing a lone furrow, as everyone else fell around him, and was the seventh wicket to fall after he made a resolute half century. The only partnership of significance was 48 for the eighth wicket between Trevor Burnett and Paul Carroll.
Deakin picked up the final two wickets of Carroll and Australian Michael Barbour as the Stockport innings closed at 142-10
Miskella claiming a collection with figures of 17-3-52-5
The reply started and Boro were soon in similar trouble as Barbour removed Deakin and Massey to leave the hosts 29-2 off 15 overs. Worse was to follow as injured Professional Stuart Law departed for 3 and Boro were reeling at 31-3
Chris Dearden and Paul Hetherington attempted to repair the damage and did that to some extent with a 57 run partnership before Hetherington was bowled by Akhtar for 19 with the score on 88
Jones and Shimwell fell quickly for 0 and 2 respectively and Steve Kelly together with Dearden took Littleborough over the line, Kelly scoring a valuable 21* and Dearden a brilliant 62* as Littleborough reached their target with an over to spare. The innings closed on 144-6
The wickets were shared with Barbour and Aktar taking 3 wickets each.
A 9 point weekend did the Littleborough title hopes no harm at all
As all eyes pointed to Hamilton Road and a first ever visit to CLL new boys Stand. And a reunion with former LCC overseas amateur Michael Warden, who was the new Stand Professional.
50 years ago on Saturday July 13th 1968 Littleborough travelled to Glebe Street to face a struggling Crompton side.
Littleborough batted first and posted a more than useful 144-3 with significant contributions from Alan Brown scoring a fine 54, Eddie Williamson with 45 and Professional Duncan Carter unbeaten on 34
Crompton batted extremely well, sadly running out of time and losing by 2 runs.
Only two Littleborough bowlers were successful Annis Ul-Ghani 1-30 and Duncan Carter once again star of the show with 4-59
Trevor Maden 0-22 and Peter Sudlow 0-23 were the other bowlers used, as Crompton’s valiant effort ended on 142-7
A local derby against Rochdale at headquarters was next on the agenda and this would also be an extremely difficult match against one of our fiercest rivals