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Old­ham makes all Formby run­ning

- Sports · Cricket · St Helens · Crawley Town F.C. · Ormskirk · Southport F.C. · Birkdale · Birkenhead Park · John Richardson · Matt Dawson · Newton-le-Willows · Caldy · Norley

OVER his last five in­nings of the sea­son, Formby’s Sam Old­ham has scored 342 runs from 335 balls, only be­ing dis­missed by the last of them.

Cricket be­ing cricket, his last two knocks – an un­beaten 121 against Orm­skirk last week, fol­lowed by 96 from 56 balls against Fir­wood Boo­tle in a T20 on Satur­day – were in a los­ing cause, mean­ing Formby fin­ished “fourth” in Group B, hav­ing al­ready fin­ished top.

By the time Old­ham was caught off the last ball, three fig­ures was all he had to aim for – his side were 20 be­hind the vis­i­tors’ 196/5, af­ter Vishal Tri­pathi struck 72 from 47 balls. With­out the 16 wides con­ceded by Formby, the tar­get might have been within reach.

An­other fine in­nings from Jack Car­ney, one of the stars of the sum­mer for South­port & Birk­dale, helped set up a con­vinc­ing win over Fleet­wood Hes­keth in Group A.

The young wick­et­keeper’s 63 – aug­mented by an un­beaten 56 from Dean Skel­ton – fired the hosts to a to­tal of 251/4, to which Hes­keth were never get­ting close. From 64/2, the vis­i­tors slumped to 111 all out.

A high-scor­ing en­counter in Group E saw Sefton Park’s Richard Con­lon score an un­beaten 100 from 85 balls as his side posted 242/4 against Wavertree. The vis­i­tors made a de­cent fist of it, ad­vanc­ing to 100/1, but Tom Heard’s 4/44 ran through the mid­dle or­der to se­cure the win.

In Group D, New­ton-le-Wil­lows’ game against St He­lens Town was ef­fec­tively de­cided in its open­ing stages – Do­minic Cham­bers, who fin­ished with 4/7 from his nine overs, helped re­duce Town to 18/6. A re­cov­ery of sorts saw the vis­i­tors post 110 – Matthew Beilby was last out, run out for 49 – but Ben Walk­den’s un­beaten 68 made short work of the chase.

Birken­head Park shared the runs around in their 258/8 against Caldy – four play­ers passed 34, but none got more than Alex Har­ris’s 46. In re­ply, the vis­i­tors slumped from 65/0 to 67/4 and fell well short.

Wi­gan’s John Richard­son struck 89, and Matt Daw­son took 5/16 in their com­fort­able win over Nor­ley Hall.

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