Ramsbottom 3XI returned to Chatburn Road for the 2nd time in consecutive weeks to take on Clitheroe 4XI on another baking hot day.
With the wicket appearing a batters paradise , Ramsbottom captain Kenyon finally won the toss much to the delight of teammates
as he signalled the rams would pad up and set the total.
The returning Ben Wilkinson from injury took to the field with Nick Round and a quick start was abruptly halted as Wilkinson was caught by
Mulligan off Smith for 6.
Ramsbottom Gloveman Ben Parkinson joined Nick and the swelling crowd were treated to some outstanding batting as the pair put on 98 before
Nick was bowled by Eli Smith for 29 ( 4 fours ) with the total on 112-2.
A great start for the Rams and with plenty of overs and wickets left a big score looked on the cards until late arrival Wardle took to
the field and the left arm spinner quickly sent Storey(2),Walker(0)and Chris Round(2) back to the pavillion, and with Collinge caught at
slip off Smith(5) Parkinson 69* was running out of partners with the total on 140-6.
Kenyon was next to the crease and with the mix of experience and youth the pair began to rescue the innings.
With Parkinson manipulating the field and Kenyon finding Cow Corner as his new best friend the pair put on 86 , Kenyon reached his
half century before running himself out for 51 ( 7 fours ) off 55 balls trying to get Parkinson 98* on strike with only 9 balls
of the innings remaining.
However Parkinson would not be denied and quickly notched up an outstanding century knock which was greatly received with applause
and acknowledgement by all supporters, a superbly crafted innings of patient maturity well beyond his years.
He finally fell in the last over missing a sweep off Wardle for 109 ( 11 fours & 1 Six ) off 101 balls to leave
Fox & Ireland to close the innings on 236-8 with Wardle 4-22 the pick of the Clitheroe
A well earned break was taken and the Clitheroe chase was on with the home side and supporters confident a win was on the cards
given their recent form and fine batting in the previous weeks.
The Clitheroe openers duly obliged with W Nicholls & Mehmood racing to 55 off 8 overs which brought about a double change by
This quickly came to fruition as Collinge removed Nicholls bowled for 29 and then Chris Round trapping Mehmood LBW for 18 without a run
added to the total.
New batters Walsh & Clitheroe Skipper Eli Smith plugged away and both looked set before Collinge bowled Walsh (12) with the score on 85-3.
With Mulligan joining Smith it appeared and was felt by both sides the game would be decided on the fate of these two talented batsman.
The scoreboard moved to 113 without a chance as the pair played some fine shots and the away side needed inspiration.
Step forward Owen Collinge !
Despite the gruelling heat Collinge found an extra gear and in an incredible 6 ball spell removed Mulligan(23) & Smith(17),
caught brilliantly by Parkinson & C Round respectively ,then trapped Ashe(0)LBW 2 balls later.
C Round assisted at the scoreboard end trapping Wardle(0) before Collinges next over removed Turner bowled and Jackson LBW both without
scoring to leave the home side all out for 122 .
Owen Collinge finished with 7-22 off 5.3 overs , one of the finest bowling spells ever witnessed by all in attendance and the
Vice Captain led the Rams off the field to another 12 points and a fine rendition of Neil Diamond in the dressing room.
Special mentions to Nick Round passing 500 runs , Chris Round passing 50 wickets , Ben Parkinson with a maiden senior Century and Owen Collinge
with career best figures of 7-22...
Also a humble gratitude of thanks to Adrian Booth,Annie Lilley,our fantastic supporters and to Clitheroe for hosting us superbly given the Continental conditions.