DEFENDING Lancashire League champions Ramsbottom got back on track with a 50-run win at Rishton on Sunday.

Jon Fielding starred with the ball, taking 6-20, as Rishton were bowled out for 164.

Ramsbottom, who lost at home to Church on Saturday, had earlier set a target of 164, but there looked little chance of the home side reaching it with left arm spinner Fielding in such dangerous form. Rishton professional Shaun von Berg (32) was among his victims.

It was also a good day for Ramsbottom professional Grant Thomson, who hit his maiden Lancashire League half century to top score with 55 from 87 balls.

There is no slowing down leaders Clitheroe, who recorded a five-wicket win at Lowerhouse.

Professional Ockert Erasmus (58) and Adam Hugill (62) were in form with the bat for the home side, who finished on 182-7, but Clitheroe professional Fawad Alam’s unbeaten 74 was influential in the reply.

East Lancs posted a formidable 307-3 at Rawtenstall, who were bowled out for 125 in the 35th over.

Nizam Vaid had an impressive league debut with 4-14 to rip through the Rawtenstall order and secure a 182-run win.

Accrington recovered from defeat on Saturday to earn a dramatic one-run win over Bacup at Thorneyholme Road.

Accrington closed their innings on 155-9, with Graeme Sneddon top scoring with an unbeaten 59.

Bacup started well but collapsed and were bowled out with one ball to spare.

Darwen suffered their first defeat of the season, at home to Burnley. Calvin Savage (94) helped them to recover from a bad start but Burnley were in fine form with the bat to win by five wickets.

Haslingden bounced back from defeat to Clitheroe to move back up the table with a two-wicket win at home to Todmorden.

After bowling the visitors out for 153 they had to rely on captain Phill Hayes (43) for the early runs, before the middle order chipped in to steer Haslingden home.

David Crotty (76) was the main man in Nelson ‘s five-wicket win over Enfield while Church beat Colne.