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Ramsbottom 3XI vs Enfield 3XI Match Report

Ramsbottom 3XI vs Enfield 3XI Match Report

Sunday brought a short trip over the A56 to Dill Hall Lane to take on Enfield
Despite the recent tropical climate a rare overcast day looked in store and with a green wicket it
appeared a bowlers paradise so it came as a surprise when Enfield elected to bat.
Ramsbottom opened up with 13 years old Tom Ireland who bowled an economical spell of seam and was unlucky
not to pick up an early wicket with a dropped catch at slip but it was the Peel Brow Express Ryan Storey who
got the rewards.
Bowling down the hill Storey removed three of the top four batsman with the ball swinging both ways F Basharat(5) caught by Whittle
at slip,the dangerous Demaine(0)LBW walking across one and Garratty(15)with an outstanding take by Gloveman Parkinson and when Chris Round
bowled Clark(21)to a rare sight of one that didnt turn the home side were 45-4.
A Cook offered the only resistance with 22* from 53 balls but once Chris Round removed Big Bash(1) Cook simply ran out of partners
at the other end as 15 years old Jake Walker continued his fine form and with a plethora of yorkers
duly dismissed A Shah(3),K Shackleton(0),R Winnard(0) and B Garraty(0) leaving Owen Collinge to bring the innings to a
close on 76 with one ball one wicket bowling Captain A Shackleton(0).
Ramsbottom bowler Storey returned figures of 3-22,Walker 4-12 and C Round 2-6.
Following arguably the best Tea of the season from Enfields culinary craft the teams were refuelled and
with the sun breaking through the away supporters hastily scampered for hats and cream.
The Ramsbottom openers set about the low total and with the scoreboard on 11 Ben Wilkinson was the first to succumb bowled by Demaine for 5.
Ben Parkinson arrived at the crease to " a friendly welcome " and along with Nick Round the pair looked comfortable until Demaine
once again did the damage bowling Round for 11 followed by Parkinson caught behind for 19 and it seemed game on with the score 47-3.
However the home sides enthusiasm was quickly silenced as Vice Captain Owen Collinge and experienced campaigner Andy Whittle
diffused any hope of a home win with some fine shot selections and patience to close the game on 77-3, Collinge 26* and Whittle 13* with
Demaine the pick of the bowlers with an excellent spell 3-12.
The win leaves Ramsbottom requiring 6 points from the remaining 2 games to clinch the Group C title .

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