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Currency and Farrell help spin Kirk closer to title

Amstrong and Jones make great early century to secure match

Martyn Farrell, Ormskirk Cricket Club

Ormskirk won the toss and, with one eye on the weather and threatened rain later in the afternoon, captain Ian Robinson decided to put Maghull into bat.

Ormskirk pacemen Nicky Caunce and Liam Hurt opened the bowling and pinned Maghull down to a very slow scoring rate.

It was tedious to watch as Maghull openers Paul Walters and Adam Smith crawled along at two runs an over.

It was the perfect prescription for spectators who normally have difficulty in going to sleep.

Skipper Robinson came on to bowl but without success and he made the decision to introduce the spin partnership of Dane Currency and Martyn Farrell into the equation.

With his first ball Currency trapped Walters lbw with the score on 41 and the introduction of spin had paid immediate dividends.

Smith was the next to go, caught and bowled by Currency five runs later.

With Farrell bowling tightly at the other end, conceding very few runs, Currency struck again taking the wicket of Maghull’s number three batsman, Liam Johnson, when he had him caught by Nicky Caunce.

With the score at 70-3 the Maghull skipper David Gillespie, who had enjoyed a brief partnership with Johnson, succumbed to the guile of Farrell edging a catch into the eager hands of Matty Glayzer in the slips.

From then on it was downhill for Maghull as ‘spin twins’ Currency and Farrell took a firm grip on the middle and lower order batting to see the score slide from 80-4 to 94-9.

The Maghull batsmen simply couldn’t cope with the quality of the bowling.

Tailend batsman Ryan Swiers was the only one who put up any resistance scoring 23 runs and with Damien Snodgrass put on a last wicket stand of 34 runs before Farrell had him caught by Matty Glayzer.

Maghull were all out for 128 due to the relentless pressure of the two spinners.

Currency ended the innings with figures of 21 overs, eight maidens 5-42 and Farrell 22 overs, 12 maidens 4-26.

From a slow, tiresome first 90 minutes the atmosphere changed to one of captivation as the game changed in Ormskirk’s favour with the introduction undoubtedly the best spin partnership in the league.

With the weather deteriorating, John Armstrong and Michael Jones opened Ormskirk’s reply.

Both players played with confidence and on reaching a personal score of 37 Armstrong reached his 700th run of the league season.

After a short break for rain, Armstrong and Jones progressed to a tremendous opening 100 partnership.

With the century stand milestone reached, Jones lost his wicket just one run short of a half-ton.

With the score at 100-1, and with plenty of time left, victory became a formality.

Two more wickets were lost when Armstrong (52) was caught and Gary Knight (11) was bowled.

With Andy Baybutt (10 not out) and Matty Glayzer (4 not out) at the crease, victory went to Ormskirk by a margin of seven wickets.

It was a highly competent performance highlighted by the wicket taking of Currency and Farrell and the century opening partnership of Armstrong and Jones.

Earning 20 points, the Brook Lane outfit stay top of the league with just three games to play.

An exciting end of season is very much on the cards.

 

Dane Currency, Ormskirk Cricket Club
 

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