Ramsbottom will host Rochdale in the Lancashire Cricket League’s Worsley Cup final on August 14 after an unbeaten 124 from skipper Kieren Grimshaw helped seal a six-wicket semi-final victory over Lowerhouse.

Chasing Lowerhouse’s 209-6, Ramsbottom lost openers Jonny Dack (0) and Tom Parton (14), but Grimshaw and professional Sen Muthusamy took the score to 63 when Muthusamy was bowled for 20.

Alex Olpin and Grimshaw added 52 for the fourth wicket, then Harry Caton (36 not out) joined his skipper to put on an unbroken 95 to take Ramsbottom to their 13th Worsley Cup final.

It completed a winning weekend for Rammy after an eight-wicket triumph against Greenmount the previous day.

Greenmount suffered an early blow when professional Chesney Hughes clipped the first ball of the second over to Dan Pyke who took a fine catch.

They finally got off the mark but wickets began to tumble and Grimshaw cleaned up Tom Heaton for 15 to have Greenmount in trouble at 47-5.

Skipper Ryan Senior (28) and Lewis Dove (28) took the score to 105 but both were dismissed by Muthusamy who cleaned up the tail to finish with a league best 6-12.

Ramsbottom shrugged off the loss of Dack (eight) and Grimshaw (four) to stroll to victory with Tom Parton hitting an unbeaten 52 and Muthusamy on 36no.

In Greater Manchester Cricket League Premier Division, William Turner (68) and Imran Mirza (64no) top scored as Woodbank made 261-5 to beat Astley and Tyldesley by 104 runs.

Chalana De Silva (6-54) helped bowl out A&T for 157.

Shahrukh Khan took 5-72 for Walshaw as Denton St Lawrence made 176 in the first innings against Walshaw but the reply only reached 104 as his side slumped to a 72-run loss.

Half-centuries from James Wharmby (62), Lewis Smith (61), Dan Pawson (61) helped Prestwich to 280-7 at Roe Green and then Nathan Bailey (6-42) starred as the hosts were out for 190.

In Premier Two, Adam McGladdery (3-29) was the pick of the bowlers but Heaton made 244-6 and won by 175 runs by bowling Stand out for just 69.

Brooksbottom bowler Mohsan Iqbal took 7-37 as Flowery Field were all out for 215 but Michael Rawlins’ knock of 69 was not enough as Brooksbottom were out for 182 in their reply to lose by 33 runs.

Bury also lost by 53 runs against Shaw despite Damario Goodman’s (5-45) best efforts with the ball as Shaw made 169 before Bury were all out for 116.

In the Championship, Elton (81) slumped to a nine-wicket defeat against Monton (82-1), while in Division One, Dan Jenkins took 4-69 against Saddleworth but Edenfield’s 115 fell 44 runs short.

Usama Ahmed Siddiqui scored 54 and then took 6-56 as Radcliffe beat Astley and Tyldesley seconds by 119 runs in Division Two A.

Radcliffe scored 292 with Jake Lockett also chipping in with 60 before A&T were out for 173.

Another to star with bat and ball was Tottington St Johns’ Mike Burns who hit an unbeaten 94 and took 5-33 as his side beat East Lancs Paper Mill by 61 runs.

Totty made 188 with ELPM’s Paul Hewart taking 4-48- but Burns’ bowling then helped bowl ELPM out for 127.