RAMSBOTTOM took their fine league form into the Worsley Cup on Saturday as they reached the last eight with victory over Middleton.

Professional George Linde was the match-winner with a stunning unbeaten 132 from just 82 balls.

That helped the hosts post 263-7 batting first at Acre Bottom with the visitors then coming up 126 runs short as they were all out for 137.

South African Linde smashed 16 fours and three sixes in his innings with Alex Olpin's 33 the next highest score.

Fellow paid man Chris Williams played almost a lone hand for Middleton with his 72 ultimately proving to be in vain.

Linde completed a fine day by picking up 4-22 with the ball while Matt Burdaky chipped in with 3-42.

Holders Lowerhouse are out after losing a close game at Rochdale.

Ockert Erasmus top scored with 52 as House posted 212-8 batting first, Francois Haasbroek also contributing 45.

At 114-6, the hosts were in trouble at Redbrook, but Mohid Ul-Haq, who had earlier taken two wickets and forced a run out, and Derek Faulkner turned the game in favour of Rochdale.

They put on 74, with Faulkner dismissed for 41 and Ul-Haq finishing unbeaten on 46, the game being won with five balls to spare.

Burnley won a rain-affected game against Accrington by 35 runs to book their place in the last eight.

Liam Bedford, 67, and Chris Holt, 59, put on an opening stand of 132 for the visitors as they closed their 50 overs on 278-7.

Bedford hit nine fours while Holt managed eight and a six in his 70-ball innings at the top of the order.

Jimmy Hayhurst was the pick of the Accrington bowlers with 3-44.

Needing a revised 210 to win from 30 overs, the home side finished on 174-5.

Keiren Grimshaw was the last man out for a better-than-a-run-a-ball 64 which included five fours and a six.

Walsden were comfortable nine-wicket winners over Norden.

The visitors were all out or 115 with Dominic Humphreys the top scorer with 23.

They couldn't handle Jamie Shackleton however who took 5-31 with professional Umesh Karunaratne also coming away with figures of 3-12, including the wicket wicket of Humphreys.

The wet weather meant the target was revised to 89 which Walkden reached in the 22nd over for the loss of just one wicket.

Jake Hooson, 44, and Matt Dawson, 35, were both not out at the close.

The other quarter-finalists remain undecided with the games pitting Clitheroe against Great Harwood, Church against Todmorden, Colne against Littleborough and Darwen against East Lancs all cut short by the weather.

They will try again on June 8 when the line-up for the last eight will be completed.

The quarter-finals are pencilled in for seven days later on June 15.