Knight’s tale sees Ormskirk hit eight out of nine
ORMSKIRK made it eight wins out of nine with doubleheader success over Rainford and Rainhill respectively last weekend.
Captain Nicky Caunce returned to lead his side after a family holiday, winning the toss and electing to bat first against Rainford on Saturday.
Alex Rankin (59) and Luke Platt (51*) both posted half-centuries as Ormskirk fired their way to 237-7 from 55 overs.
Tom Hartley then devastated Rainford’s response, with opener Paul Farrar saving the visitors from humiliation.
His 99 from 117 balls which included 18 boundaries - wasn’t supported by any of his team-mates, with tail-ender Reece Kelly’s 23 the second-highest knock of the innings.
Hartley, who was introduced by Caunce first change, ran riot through Rainford’s top order, ultimately finishing with figures of 6-66 from 20 overs as the visitors were restricted to 190 all out.
Rainhill followed the next day in the third round of the ECB National Club Championship, but the result was just the same.
Caunce once more won the toss and elected to bat, with Gary Knight’s 101 from 94 balls helping the home side to a decent total of 211 from 40 overs.
A third wicket partnership of 85 between Tyler McGladdery (74) and Matthew Fletcher (24) initially gave Rainford hope in their response, but Hartley combined with opening bowler Scott Lees to pick up wickets at crucial intervals.
The pair finished with three scalps apiece, limiting their opponents to 177 all out inside 40 overs.
Speaking after the victories, centurion Knight said: “In the league we’re still learning how to win the big games.
“That will come with more experience but we’re still a really strong cup team.
“The situations are different and the pressure is different in both league and cup, but that gives you experience.
“We had a little more luck at certain times than in other weeks, like when we lost against Northern.
“We’re a young side we’re defending champions in the league but we’ve got younger lads.”
Ormskirk were defeated finalists in last year’s ECB National Club Championship, and both Caunce and Knight will be hoping their side can go all the way this year.