Ramsbottom entertained Rishton in the final home game of the season on Sunday and with the Away side losing the toss the
home side choose to bat and this proved to be the determining factor of the game as the Rams openers Nick Round and Ben Wilkinson
quickly raced off to 44 without loss until Wilkinson was caught for 18 off the bowling of Stewart.
This brought Andy Whittle to the crease replacing Ben Parkinson in the side who was otherwise engaged with Macclesfield Towns pre season duties.
The ever reliable Whittle, a former 3XI Captain capably assisted by Nick Round then took the bowling apart and both raced to 50s as the growing crowd looked on in
anticipation that something special may just ensue.
And they were not left wanting as Whittle reached a landmark century, a beautifully crafted innings of shot selection and field manipulation
but this was only the beginning of what followed.
Nick Round, a young man of few words simply lets his bat do the talking and promptly joined Whittle in the centurions club and a truly
outstanding partnership of 200 before Whittle succumbed on 101 off 77 balls with 14 fours was bowled by the thankful Hickey.
Ramsbottom all rounder Storey dispatched an early four before departing on 5 again bowled by the useful Hickey but the damage was done and
with Rishton using all but the WicketKeeper in a desperate hope of the prized wicket of Round , Nick then went to another level crashing
boundaries to all parts.
The returning Doyle from injury raced to 16 not out and the innings closed on 299-3 from the alloted overs.
Nick Round carried his bat finishing on 137 not out from 124 balls including 17 fours and the crowd and teammates rose to applaud, led by his ever present proud parents
Iain and Jan,one of the finest innings ever witnessed in 3XI cricket from an outstanding,determined,stylish batsman and cricketer.
Following the short break of sustinance provided by Sandra,the Rishton innings began.
A vital and early breakthrough found the away side 2-1 as Fox fell to a catch at slip from who else but that man Whittle off the bowling
of Storey and one became two as keeper Wilkinson nonchalantly caught Bolton behind one handed off Walker and the score was 3-2.
Skipper Hickey and Ainscough both batted well and decided to take the task on until the left arm spin of Doyle removed the pair and G.Taylor
leaving Rishton reeling at 95-5.
Stewart returned some brief normality with a selection of big hitting but was found wanting to the gentle medium pace of 12 year old
Oliver Croft and on his senior debut he clean bowled the dangerman and the innings was all but done.
Ed Lee got in on the act with his off spin and removed L.Taylor and Greaves which left Storey to wrap up the innings seeing of Slater,again caught by Whittle
and the Rishton innings closed on a respectable 141 and the Rams secured another 12 points prompting the weekly renditon of Neil Diamond from the dressing room.