Run-fest at Orm­skirk – but Formby se­cure tight win

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ARUN-FEST at Orm­skirk, in Love Lanes Leagues Group B, saw more than 500 runs scored for the loss of just eight wick­ets – but vis­i­tors Formby pre­vailed by 10 runs af­ter Cal­lum Turner’s 126* and Sam Old­ham’s 71 helped them to 258/4.

Ge­orge Lavelle and Gary Knight struck half-cen­turies in re­turn, but the hosts’ chase came up just short.

Fir­wood Boo­tle join Formby on two wins af­ter a 111-run open­ing stand be­tween Will Hale and Owais Shah, on his club de­but, broke the back of their pur­suit of 160 against North­ern.

Else­where, Group C of the Love Lanes Leagues now has three teams on two wins apiece, af­ter vic­to­ries for Sut­ton and Maghull over Hightown St Mary’s and Alder re­spec­tively.

Sut­ton’s win was a nail­biter – they crept over the line by two wick­ets chas­ing 190, af­ter Hightown’s Ta­tenda Taibu top-scored for the day with 65.

Adam Bur­ton scored 70 and Chris Hew­son 50 as Maghull closed on 262/7; Tom Con­nolly’s 5/18 made sure Alder never got close.

In the top di­vi­sion, a maiden first­team cen­tury for Jack Car­ney and a fine sup­port­ing act from for­mer Orm­skirk man Har­vey Rankin gave South­port & Birk­dale skip­per Adam Phillips a glimpse of the fu­ture – and he liked what he saw.

The teenage pair put on 120 to­gether for the third wicket in S&B’s Love Lanes Leagues Group A clash with Fleet­wood Hes­keth, lay­ing the foun­da­tion for a 135-run vic­tory.

Af­ter a two-run de­feat against Ains­dale on the open­ing day, Phillips’ side have bounced back strongly with two wins – and the new skip­per is all the hap­pier for see­ing his young­sters play a lead­ing role.

“Jack’s been a breath of fresh air since he came into the first-team set-up last year,” said Phillips, af­ter Car­ney’s un­beaten 101 and debu­tant Rankin’s 60 dom­i­nated a to­tal of 246/3.

“A lot of peo­ple like to give 15-yearolds first-team ex­pe­ri­ence, but he’s a gen­uine first-team player. He’d be in out­right as a wick­et­keeper, but to come in and be the star of the show with the bat is su­perb.

“He’s shown glimpses of it in the last few weeks, but he was get­ting a bit frus­trated when he was get­ting out in the 20s. So I had a word with him and said just re­lax, en­joy it, and your qual­ity will come through.”

Rankin – a leg-spin­ning all-rounder – was re­cruited from Orm­skirk over the win­ter amid rave re­views from the Lan­cashire Academy.

See­ing him mak­ing an im­pact on a game so early into his time at Trafal­gar Road was par­tic­u­larly pleas­ing for Phillips.

“It’s a few weeks ear­lier than we could have hoped for, be­cause he’s a young lad and he needs time to bed in,” the skip­per said.

“For them to have that part­ner­ship at 3 and 4 is ex­actly what we’ve been look­ing for and what we’ve been want­ing.” See fac­ing page for a fuller re­port.

Group A’s other game saw an un­beaten 126 for Stephen Lu­cas, as Ains­dale kept up their per­fect start with a 75-run win over South­port Trin­ity. Adam Friar and Oliver Green then took four wick­ets each as Trin­ity fell well short of their tar­get of 199.

Ains­dale’s Stephen Lu­cas af­ter his cen­tury

Left, Orm­skirk’s Ge­orge Lavelle struck a half-cen­tury

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