A weekend where the weather once again hit Ramsbottom’s early Lancashire League hopes was rounded off by a solid victory against Glossop in the LCB knockout trophy.
First up on a soggy Saturday were Nelson in the league. Conditions weren’t auspicious as players and spectators arrived at a damp Acre Bottom enveloped in a constant, irritable drizzle that didn’t seem to want to move. There was optimistic talk of a start by 4pm and low and behold patches of blue sky appeared and we seemed set fit for a rapid fire 20 / 20 match.
Rammy won the toss and chose to bowl, a decision which looked a good one as Simon Read and Jon Fielding both took 4 wickets as Nelson finished their allotted overs on 114 for 8. A growing optimism for the home team was soon squashed as just after the loss of Fraser Kay’s wicket the clouds loomed, precipitation was felt in the air and both captains agreed to call it a day. Highly frustrating stuff as Rammy seemed more than capable of reaching their target and securing some badly needed points.
On Sunday, however, the sun definitely had its hat on as Glossop turned up to play us in the LCB Knockout Trophy. Vanquishers of Ramsbottom in the same tournament two years ago, Glossop fancied their chances and after winning the toss, decided to bat. Grant Thomson, Ramsbottom’s professional, opened the bowling and with his first bowl claimed a precious LBW. Thereafter, good performances with the ball by Dentith (4 wickets), Gabriel (2) and Jon Fielding (2) restricted Glossop to 168 all out and whilst some home supporters thought that it might be challenging in the conditions, there was a sense of optimism that the next round was within Rammy’s grasp.
This optimism was soon wobbling when Tom Parton was bowled, first ball, and given a less than sporting send off by the Glossop fielders. He was replaced by Martin Cropper who came on to join man of the moment, JJ Fielding, who was in the first team for the first time alongside brother Brad and Father Jon. A disciplined approach by both batsmen soon restored hope to the Ramsbottom ranks, JJ batted with élan and great technique for a 14 year old and Cropper was good value for his 25 before being caught. Fielding batted well for his 15 before being bowled but the replacement pair of Gabriel and Thomson took to the field and took the game by the scruff of the neck as they both batted with intelligence, guile and some force to see Glossop off – Thomson, who got his first 50 for the club, finished on 61, ably supported by Dale with an assured 41.
Ramsbottom will now face Crompton CC at home in the next round on Sunday 11th June.