Knight’s tale sees Orm­skirk hit eight out of nine

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Sport - BY SAM CAR­ROLL­roll@trin­i­tymir­ @SamCar­roll0

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.

Nicky Caunce was back to cap­tain Orm­skirk at the week­end Peter Ro­gan

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