S&B only of­fer scant re­sis­tance to Trin­ity Phillips’s bats­men failed to give an an­swer to ac­cu­rate bowl­ing


WITH the Ains­dale Club closed prior to be­ing deep cleaned no play was pos­si­ble in the other Group A semi-fi­nal of the Love Lane League on Satur­day, so the pre­cise con­se­quences of South­port Trin­ity’s five-wicket de­feat of South­port and Birk­dale were un­cer­tain.

None of which makes a whit of dif­fer­ence to the judge­ment that Trin­ity thor­oughly de­served their win. If any­thing, the mar­gin of vic­tory was gen­er­ous to the hosts, whose sig­nally in­ad­e­quate to­tal of 81 was over­hauled with 64 balls to spare by vis­i­tors whose bat­ting and field­ing was plainly su­pe­rior to that of­fered by Adam Phillips’s side and whose bowl­ing was, at the very least, just as good.

One or two home bats­men may feel they were a tri­fle un­for­tu­nate on Satur­day. Per­haps they were but such mo­ments did not ac­count for the re­sult and to take refuge in such ex­pla­na­tions is to com­pound de­feat by not learn­ing from it.

It would be much more use­ful to ex­am­ine why Phillips’s bats­men had no an­swer to an ac­cu­rate at­tack in which there was no weak link. Only the brothers Lea reached dou­ble fig­ures, mi­nor outscor­ing ma­jor while pater looked on.

Grimly placed on 51 for seven, S&B’s bats­men did at least scram­ble an­other 30 runs but even the later bats­men re­sorted to ag­gres­sion when there was time to nudge the ball around.

Few sides that are bowled out with 9.1 overs un­used go on to se­cure vic­tory in cricket’s shorter for­mats; the galling thing for home sup­port­ers was that even a to­tal of 120 might have been com­pet­i­tive.

As it was, an S&B at­tack lack­ing Chris Cun­ning­ham could af­ford very few loose balls while their field­ers needed to hold on to ev­ery chance that came their way. The bowlers did their bit and Chris Firth was out­stand­ing. But a num­ber of chances went down though it would be un­fair to blame S&B’s de­feat upon those er­rors. Cun­ning­ham’s off­spin was missed, as was his pres­ence

In con­trast to most of his op­po­nents, Trin­ity opener Bobby Eyes ex­hib­ited ex­cel­lent un­der­stand­ing and game man­age­ment. His 32 was by far the long­est in­nings of the match and it was a shame that an un­ex­pected rush of blood pre­vented him tak­ing his side home. Trin­ity’s to­tal was aug­mented by 14 runs from wide de­liv­er­ies but there are only so many times one can flog a horse that has all but ex­pired.

At the Rook­ery Tom Bay­butt’s sec­ond team recorded their sixth vic­tory in seven games when they de­feated Trin­ity by 64 runs. Thir­ties by Nick Devlin and Harry May saw S&B post 129 all out in 41.4 overs and that proved more than suf­fi­cient against hosts who made 65 all out in re­ply.

In the first in­nings of the game She­han Alok­ban­dar­alage took four for 31 for the hosts but that ef­fort was more than coun­tered by S&B’s youth­ful at­tack. Peter Crew took three for 20 and leg-spin­ner Matthew Hennessy re­turned the re­mark­able fig­ures of 8-46-3.

Fol­low­ing care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion of the events sur­round­ing the can­cel­la­tion of Ains­dale’s match on Satur­day due to a Covid-re­lated is­sue it was de­cided by the league’s man­age­ment com­mit­tee that the Liver­pool Road club should host South­port Trin­ity in the Group A fi­nal. Fleet­wood Hes­keth will visit S&B in the 3rd/4th place play off. (35.5 overs)


I Lea c&b Cragg Hol­l­i­day c Thorpe b Prince Carney b Cragg Rankin b Cragg Byrne b G Camp­bell Phillips lbw Roberti T Lea c Prince b T Camp­bell Gai­ley c v.d. Walt b G Camp­bell Re­gan c van der Walt b Roberti Warhurst c John­ston b T Camp­bell Ex­tras TO­TAL

FoW: 1-7 2-8 3-14 4-22 5-29 6-46 7-51 8-68 9-70 10-81

Cragg 9-2-20-3 Prince 6-3-9-1 G Camp­bell 7-0-22-3 Roberti 9-4-19-2 T Camp­bell 4.5-0-8-2

SOUTH­PORT TRIN­ITY Eyes c Lea b Firth McKe­own b Warhurst John­ston run out Thorpe c Warhurst b Rankin Hine c Phillips b Firth Van der Walt not out Prince not out Ex­tras TO­TAL (for five wick­ets, 34.2 ovs)

FoW: 1-3 2-30 3-47 4-48 5-63

Warhurst 7-2-15-1 Gai­ley 8-1-25-0 Rankin 9-0-22-1 Firth 9-5-11-2 Byrne 1.2-0-11-0

Orm­skirk play­ers ap­plaud Formby’s Sam Old­ham off the field af­ter his un­beaten 121 – but Orm­skirk won the match

South­port Trin­ity’s Bobby Eyes top-scored with 32

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