Orm­skirk dodge the show­ers but clean up with 208-run vic­tory

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Martin Mere -

WHILE Orm­skirk’s ti­tle-hun­gry play­ers were dodg­ing fe­ro­cious show­ers and open­ing up a 73-point gap at the top of the Liver­pool Comm­pe­ti­tion ECB Pre­mier League with a thump­ing 208-run de­feat of Ains­dale on Satur­day, other teams were mop­ping up and hop­ing for the best.

And per­haps nowhere were the sop­pers put to bet­ter use than Rake Lane, where New Brighton main­tained their dis­tant pur­suit of the lead­ers with a one-wicket vic­tory over Southport and Birk­dale, who were de­nied their first league vic­tory of the sea­son in a mi­nor epic.

The game had seemed set on a fairly conventional course when S&B were 87-1 but the dis­missal of Chris Brown­low for 54 sparked a col­lapse to 150 all out with David While tak­ing 6-40 and Ashraf Nawab chip­ping in with three more wick­ets.

Yet Mark Row­land’s bats­men were also tested on the help­ful pitch and the home side were al­most 50 runs short of their tar­get with five wick­ets in hand when a pro­longed shower caused a 90-minute hold-up.

When the play­ers re­turned Chris Brown­low picked up three wick­ets but Louis C Botes’ nerve­less 29 not out steered his side home by the nar­row­est of mar­gins.

Sponges and mats were of lit­tle avail at Wad­ham Road where Orm­skirk’s main chal­lengers, Fir­wood Bootle and North­ern, saw their match come to an early con­clu­sion with the home side on 38-0 in re­ply to their visi­tors’ 179-9 de­clared.

Stephen Lu­cas made 54 in North­ern’s score but Chris Lip­trot put a brake on the James Cole’s bats­men by tak­ing 4-59 in the first half of the con­test. How­ever, Bootle and North­ern are now two of the five clubs in the top half of the table who are cov­ered by six points.

But those teams barely have Orm­skirk in sight af­ter the Brook Lane team an­ni­hi­lated Ains­dale.

Michael Jones’ 90 was the cen­tre­piece of the home side’s 249-5 de­clared in 46 overs, to which Andy Bar­low’s men replied with 41 all out, Josh Bo­han­non tak­ing four wick­ets and Simon Ker­ri­gan col­lect­ing three more with­out con­ced­ing a run.

Formby eased their rel­e­ga­tion anx­i­eties a lit­tle more with a 45-run vic­tory at Leigh. Sam Old­ham made 69 be­fore Ian Cock­bain de­clared on 190-6 af­ter 53 overs. Gary Keedy’s 5-31 and Aj­mal Shahzad’s 3-77 en­sured that Matt McKier­nan’s 40 was of no more than sta­tis­ti­cal sig­nif­i­cance.

Rain­hill re­in­forced their grow­ing rep­u­ta­tion with a 124-run de­feat of Lytham at Vic­to­ria Ter­race. Danny Ed­wards picked up 6-57 for the Church Road side but Sam Ker­shaw’s un­beaten 65 saw the home side to a for­mi­da­ble 206-8 de­clared.

Ak­shay Darekar then de­mol­ished Lytham’s bat­ting by bag­ging 7-25 and Rain­hill are now level in fifth place on 216 points with Col­wyn Bay, who beat Wal­lasey by three wick­ets in a low-scor­ing game.

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