Per­fect day as S&B throt­tle op­po­nents

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Services - BY PAUL ED­WARDS

THE com­par­isons be­tween South­port and Birk­dale skip­per Adam Phillips and Lou Reed have not so far been no­ticed by stu­dents of pop­u­lar culture. Per­haps this is not sur­pris­ing. While one is a widely revered cul­tural icon. the other was an Amer­i­can rock mu­si­cian.

Nev­er­the­less, Phillips echoed one of Reed’s most fa­mous songs this week when he de­scribed South­port & Birk­dale’s 135-run de­feat of Fleet­wood Hes­keth on Satur­day as “a per­fect day.” And there is lit­tle doubt Jack Car­ney would agree with his skip­per. The game was about far more than three points in the re­gional Love Lane League.

For one thing it was about Car­ney’s maiden first-team cen­tury, which should be the fore­run­ner of sev­eral oth­ers so long as the 15-year-old does not dine out on his achieve­ment. But it also of­fered spec­ta­tors in­di­ca­tions of Har­vey Rankin’s abun­dant all­round tal­ent. The for­mer Orm­skirk all-rounder’s half-cen­tury, tight spell of bowl­ing and role in a run-out in his first game for the club made it very plain what a valu­able sign­ing he could be.

In­deed, Satur­day’s match against at Trafal­gar Road gave Phillips sev­eral glimpses of the side he hopes to build, a pre­dom­i­nantly youth­ful team, leav­ened with ex­pe­ri­ence, one in which crick­eters like Car­ney and Rankin can flour­ish. So per­haps the day was even a worth a glass of san­gria in the park.

And at the heart of the af­ter­noon was the third-wicket stand of 120 be­tween Car­ney and Rankin, a proper col­lab­o­ra­tion in which each player en­cour­aged and worked with the other as they bat­tled through the dif­fi­cult pe­ri­ods be­fore en­joy­ing them­selves when the liv­ing was easy.

“It was ex­actly the sort of game we had been want­ing to play for some time,” said Phillips. “Win the toss, bat, get a good to­tal on the board and then leave things to our bowl­ing at­tack. For a sea­son or two now you’ve looked at our score­cards and the top scores have of­ten been twen­ties or thir­ties. On Satur­day we had two play­ers who got them­selves in and then went on to play ma­jor in­nings.’’

He added: “Both Har­vey and Jack looked so ma­ture in the way they ap­proached their part­ner­ship. The older play­ers will al­ways fit in as needed but we can build a side around young­sters like these.”

The statis­tics back up Phillips’ over­all judge­ment. Rankin got his 60 runs off 72 balls while Car­ney, hav­ing reached fifty off 71 balls, man­aged to bring up his three fig­ures off a fur­ther 33, hit­ting 12 fours and a six in his un­beaten 101.

In the sec­ond half of the game S&B’s bowlers throt­tled the run-rate as ef­fi­ciently as ever. Al­though there was the weekly do­na­tion to good causes in the shape of a dozen wides lead­ing to 22 ex­tra runs, none of the



HAL­SALL BEL. Shukla BEN. Shukla WINCER DE­SAI PRE­STON PIKE GRE­GORY MUR­PHY THOMAS WALLBANK EX­TRAS TO­TAL bowlers was col­lared and there was time to­wards the con­clu­sion of the in­nings for To­bias Lea to pick up three wick­ets with his medium pace.

BY con­trast S&B’s sec­ond team suf­fered their first de­feat of the sea­son on Satur­day when they lost to Fleet­wood Hes­keth by five wick­ets at Sea Cop.

S&B b Thomas 18 c Mur­phy b Wincer 23 not out 101 c Wincer b Wallbank 60 not out 17 27 246 1-36 2-52 3-172 (for 3 wkts)

Gre­gory 9-3-25-0 Wallbank 9-0-62-1 Mur­phy 9-0-68-0 Thomas 9-2-51-1 Wincer 9-2-30-1

FLEET­WOOD HES­KETH c Car­ney b Gai­ley c Phillips b Warhurst b Firth b Firth lbw Firth not out run out (Rankin) c T Lea b Cun­ning­ham c Warhurst b T Lea c Cun­ning­ham b T Lea st Car­ney b T Lea 12 1 20 17 1 16 1 2 13 2 2 24 111

FOW: 1-21 2-23 3-55 4-57 5-73 6-75 7-81 8-101 9-105 10-111

Warhurst 6-0-22-1 Gai­ley 6-1-18-1 Firth 8-3-14-3 Cun­ning­ham 9-2-17-1 T Lea 5-2-13-3 Rankin 7-2-14-0

Thir­ties from Dave As­ton, Guy Ed­wards and Char­lie Byrne seemed to have given Tom Bay­butt’s team a de­fend­able 182 for seven in their 45 overs but Andy Bate’s 48 and Paul Re­gan’s 46 al­lowed the home side to over­haul this to­tal with four overs to spare.


S&B skip­per Adam Phillips on Satur­day; in­sets, Jack Car­ney and To­bias Lee

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