Skem seconds fly flag
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.”
Ormskirk’s Ian Robinson who thumped 177