Skem sec­onds fly flag

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SKELMERSDALE’S 1st XI had to fold due to lack of play­ers last week - but their 2nd XI con­tinue to fly the flag for the club af­ter dec­i­mat­ing Park­field Lis­card on Satur­day.

Joe Till’s men won the toss and elected to bowl first, and 30 overs later his de­ci­sion had proven to be an in­spired one.

Lis­card were skit­tled for just 67, with Lan­cashire Ladies U15s bowler Ab­bie Wright con­tin­u­ing her run in the side. Wright was the hero for Lancs this week af­ter pro­duc­ing fig­ures of 2-2 in their T20 vic­tory over Durham.

D. Scott was the hero with the ball, how­ever, dev­as­tat­ing the Lis­card bat­ting line-up with a re­turn of 7-31. He was the only Skelmersdale bowler to take wick­ets in the in­nings, with Lis­card’s mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween the stumps re­sult­ing in three run-outs.

Skelmersdale needed just 18 overs to reach the re­quired tar­get, with Harry Marston’s un­de­feated knock of 54 hand­ing Till’s side a nine-wicket vic­tory.

Skem travel to the Rook­ery to take on South­port this week­end af­ter record­ing their sec­ond vic­tory of the sea­son.

A win over the hosts could take Skelmersdale above South­port in the ta­ble, who cur­rently sit fourth af­ter two wins and a draw from their open­ing six fix­tures.

With Till tast­ing vic­tory for the first time since early May, the cap­tain will be keen to fur­ther the mo­men­tum gained from a mam­moth win.

ORM­SKIRK suf­fered de­feat to North­ern in the L&DCC First Di­vi­sion last week­end but bounced back to trounce Ains­dale in the Ray Dig­man tro­phy.

Skip­per Nicky Caunce was away on hol­i­day, mean­ing wicket-keeper Gary Knight was tasked with lead­ing the league cham­pi­ons.

Knight’s men were un­usu­ally im­po­tent with the bat on Satur­day as they failed to chase down North­ern’s 180 all out - fall­ing 40 runs short of the to­tal - but ham­mered 391 from 45 overs in the first round of the cup a day later.

“We bowled and fielded re­ally well against North­ern and got our­selves in a de­cent po­si­tion with the bat but we sort of fell into our trap,” Knight as­sessed af­ter­wards.

Orm­skirk were 113-4 at one point - Ian Robin­son and John Arm­strong post­ing a part­ner­ship of 54 - but an un­for­tu­nate run-out sparked an un­char­ac­ter­is­tic col­lapse.

“They’re able to squeeze teams and when we were on the back foot North­ern ex­celled. It’s very hard to break the shack­les then.

“[Ian] Robbo and Johnny Arm­strong were go­ing well and we looked like we could win it quite eas­ily and then a run out changes the com­plex­ion of the game and gets us on the back foot and the game falls into North­ern’s hands.”

De­spite the de­feat, the stand-in skip­per then watched as his side smashed a hu­mungous to­tal in the 45-over clash with Ains­dale.

Ian Robin­son clat­tered 177 from 119 balls, while Jonathan Glayzer also man­aged a cen­tury of his own, scor­ing 124 from 82 de­liv­er­ies.

“Ian’s knock is a post-war club record for Orm­skirk as a club. That sums up it up!” Knight laughed. “It’s a sen­sa­tional knock. Some of his hit­ting was in­cred­i­ble.

“We didn’t give Ains­dale a chance to stop us once they got go­ing. Robbo is the type of bats­man where he can fail a cou­ple of times and then just go ab­so­lutely bal­lis­tic. This was one of the times he went bal­lis­tic!”

Caunce will re­turn for the home dou­ble-header against Rain­ford and Rain­hill this week, but Knight con­firmed he’d en­joyed the ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I’m sure Nicky was still check­ing Play Cricket all week­end!” he joked. “We’ve got to­tal trust ei­ther way. It worked re­ally well and it will con­tinue to work re­ally well.

“There’s to­tal trust. That’s what he told me be­fore he went away - he has to­tal trust in me.”

Pe­ter Ro­gan

Orm­skirk’s Ian Robin­son who thumped 177

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