RAMSBOTTOM are now just one win away from winning their first Lancashire League title since 2010 but holders Burnley are prepared to go out with a bang.

While Ramsbottom recorded another maximum 12 points victory over Rishton, David Brown produced a stunning display of batting power at Turf Moor after smacking six sixes in one astonishing over against Bacup.


But despite Brown’s batting heroics, leaders Ramsbottom - who have a five point cushion - know any sort of win at Nelson next Sunday will see them lift the silverware for the first time in six years.

Both teams went in to the weekend action with the destination of the title finely poised.

Ramsbottom held a six point advantage but Burnley had a game in hand against Haslingden on Saturday where victory would have taken them top.

But without a ball being bowled, the match was tied and Burnley just picked up the three points which handed the advantage back to Ramsbottom.

And they certainly made the most of it at Acre Bottom as they sealed a nine wicket victory over Rishton.

Rishton won the toss and decided to bat but they were up against a Ramsbottom bowling attacking in devastating form. John Fielding took 4-16 and Simon Read 4-32 as Rishton were dismissed for just out 72 in 31.1 overs. Professional Daryn Smit also took (2-20) from his nine overs.

His opposite number, Shaun Von Berg, top scored with 36, while Macauley Taylor added 10 but no other Rishton batsmen reached double figures.

In reply, Ramsbottom wasted little time as Tom Parton hit an unbeaten 51 as the home side reached Rishton’s target in 16.1 overs.

Will Turner was the only wicket to fall as he was bowled by Scott Greaves for a duck. Fraser Kay hit an unbeaten 22.

Burnley needed to match Ramsbottom’s maximum points win but only claimed 10 points as they beat Bacup by 152 runs.

Burnley won the toss and decided to bat. Openers Vishal Tripathi (95) and Chris Holt (93) both fell in the nineties as the pair added 191 for the first wicket.

Brown then hit an unbeaten 75 which included smacking six sixes in one over as Burnley posted 298-2 in 38 overs.

Jhangir Liaqat (2-28) and Cole Hayman (2-32) both took two wickets but couldn’t manage to bowl Bacup out as they restricted them to 146-7. Professional Haseeb Azam top scored with 50.

Colne beat Accrington by four runs in a close game at the Horsefield. Chris Walton hit an unbeaten 89 as Colne posted 169-8 in 43 overs.

Todmorden beat Rawtenstall bt 46 runs with Abbas top-scoring with 56 and Church narrowly beat Nelson by 17 runs, Anwar falling just four runs short of his century.

Enfield v Haslingden and East Lancs v Lowerhouse were both called off.