RAMSBOTTOM have won the inaugural Surridge Sports Valley Challenge Trophy after a clean sweep of victories.

Having already beaten Rawtenstall and Bacup, Rammy made it three wins of out three with a seven-wicket win at Haslingden to be crowned the best team in the valley.

Haslingden won the toss and elected to bat but wer dismissed for 92 – Simon Hanson (3-6) and professional and captain Daryn Smit (3-16) doing the damage with the ball.

Rammy then knocked off their target for the loss of just three wickets with Rehan Udwadia top scoring with 30.

The hosts got off to the worst possible start when Matthew Griffin went for a duck, caught behind by Harry Caton – one of three victims for the keeper – off the bowling of Jack Wynn.

Connor Reed was next to go, caught by Caton for 15 off the bowling of new boy Kieren Grimshaw.

And the safe hands of Caton also did for opener Lawrence Adlum who was Hanson’s first victim of the day, scoring nine.

Alex Coleman was trapped lbw by Daniel Pyke for five and while Graham Knowles came in to try and steady the ship, he ran out of partners, eventually finishing unbeaten on 27.

Hanson clean bowled both Sean Hunsley and Joe Sipocz and Gary Sudworth went the same way, dismissed by Jonathan Fielding.

Smit then cleaned up the tail taking Jordan Shannon, Joe Hayton and Oliver Lord.

In reply, Ramsbottom lost Hanson for eight but Caton (21) and Udwadia edged them closer to victory.

Alexander Olpin was the third Ramsbottom wicket to fall, scoring nine but Bradley Fielding (seven) was at the crease with Udwadia to seal victory.

Ramsbottom now turn their attention to the tri-team ‘T20 NHS’ Trophy which begins on Saturday when they host Lowerhouse. Burnley are third team taking part in the competition in aid of the National Health Service.

The regular Lancashire League season has been replaced by the President’s Cup where all 23 teams have been split in to four groups – the winner of each progressing to the knockout stages.

Rammy are in Group One alongside Middleton, Littleborough, Norden and Burnley who they travel to on Sunday.