Fa­mous five for fly­ing Orm­skirk

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Sport - BY SAM CAR­ROLL sam.car­roll@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @SamCar­roll0

LEAGUE cham­pi­ons Orm­skirk made it five on the spin last week­end af­ter con­sec­u­tive vic­to­ries over Leigh and Barnoldswick re­spec­tively.

Nicky Caunce’s men vis­ited Beech Walk on Satur­day hop­ing to put pres­sure on high-fly­ing North­ern, and Leigh’s de­ci­sion to bat first back­fired spec­tac­u­larly on skip­per Toby Bul­cock.

Open­ing bowler Scott Lees (4-47) was a man on a mis­sion as he snared Leigh’s open­ing four bats­man, leav­ing the hosts reel­ing on 41-4.

Skip­per Caunce and Ryan Mad­dock soon joined in on the ac­tion, re­duc­ing their op­po­nents to 95-8, but Bul­cock re­mained un­moved.

He dragged his side to a re­spectable to­tal of 166 with a well-crafted 89 from 104 balls, with a mag­nif­i­cent stand of 70 for the ninth wicket shared with Pa­trick Al­lan, in which Al­lan scored just ten of those runs.

In re­ply, Orm­skirk made harder work of the chase than they’d have liked.

They reached their to­tal for the loss of seven wick­ets, with Ian Robin­son’s 57 from six spar­ing their blushes af­ter 85-4 at one stage.

Caunce’s side learned their les­son the fol­low­ing day, how­ever, as they an­ni­hi­lated Barnoldswick in the sec­ond round of the Lan­cashire Knock­out.

Tom Hart­ley (3-19) was the pick of the bowlers for Orm­skirk af­ter they were once more in­structed to field first.

The hosts skit­tled their op­po­nents for just 83 runs inside 27 overs, and this time reached their tar­get for the loss of two wick­ets.

Caunce, un­der­stand­ably, was de­lighted with the re­sponse of his play­ers: “Some teams from other leagues don’t have the depth of teams from our league. That showed on the Sun­day.

“It’s about depth but we did bowl re­ally well. We knocked it off two down and chas­ing 80 we went quite hard early on.

“It was good to knock it off and have an early finish for the lads af­ter play­ing on Satur­day and Sun­day the last few weeks.

“Peo­ple are get­ting to know their roles, pick­ing up more re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in the field as well as with the bat and ball so it’s com­ing to­gether nicely.”

Nicky Caunce bowling - Orm­skirk Cricket Club Peter Ro­gan

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