In a reverse fixture from the season opener Ramsbottom 3XI visited Lancashire League newcomers
Ramsbottom Captain Kenyon won the toss and chose to bat for only the 2nd time this season despite three
of the mainstay top four batsman missing ( Parkinson & Collinge to LCB duties & Wilkinson to injury ).
On what appeared a flat track on inspection the wicket was popping at one end and turning at the other and wickets fell
at regular intervals with Dhanyal Javed 4-22 the pick of the Crompton bowlers removing N Round (8),Walker (9)
Whittle (9) and Ed Lee (4).
The precarious position was further deepened when Kenyon ran out Storey in a sketch reminicent of the Chuckle Brothers ( Captains Fault ! )
the visitors were left 50-5 as Smythe came to the crease but with some stubborn and patient batting , combined with quick running
the pair put on 30 before Kenyon nicked off behind for 22.
Smythe quickly followed to the same fate which left the unlikely pairing of Chris Round & seasoned campaigner John Fox in the
middle and the combination of youth & experience proved the key as the pair produced the partnership of the day.
Fox with Dale Gabrielesque sweeps & Round dispatching the ball to all parts ensured the Rams finished on a competitive
152 for 9 with C Round (43) & Fox (26) although we think the scorer missed a few due to the Electric Pace of Fox between the
The Crompton openers began slowly and when Storey removed Woodward (3) quickly followed by Sultan (4) holing out to Smythe
the home side looked in trouble.
With H Dean & Whittle the danger signs were still in view for the visitors until Dean (15) was given out LBW
and Whittle, a centurion in the previous week, was bowled for (0) off the wizardy off Chris Round who returned figures of 3-26 the result
Kershaw Whittle (30) & Captain Mcdonald 21* offered resistance but wickets continued to fall and it was left to Walker 2-17 and
Whittle 2-13 to finish off the tail and give Ramsbottom maximum points.