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Special Ks mount rescue mission as showdown is drawn

Ian Robinson led his table-topping team over the water to New Brighton in anticipation of a tough challenge against their closest rivals.

Ormskirk Cricket
Ormskirk Cricket

Ormskirk were put into bat and were soon in deep trouble at 31-4. Calm heads and steady nerves came in the form of Gary Knight and Simon Kerrigan.

They bedded in with a dogged determination that frustrated the New Brighton bowlers and brought a modicum of respectability to the score.

The Ormskirk tail took inspiration and good contributions from Liam Hurt, Dane Currency, Gavin Griffiths and Nicky Caunce saw Robinson declare the innings at 215 for 9.

New Brighton opened brightly but Gavin Griffiths removed the stumps of Martyn Evans and Kerrigan trapped Josh Ryland lbw.

The run rate gathered pace with Upai Fernando looking particularly dangerous before Dane Currency removed him.

Then Robinson swooped in from deep mid wicket to run out John White.

Martyn Farrell had Luke Proctor first ball and it was backs to the wall for New Brighton, who managed to hang on for a share of the points.

On Sunday, Robinson set off down the M6 with a weakened team to play Nantwich CC in a National Club Championship game.

He won the toss and elected to bat only to see his batting order collapse again, this time to the ruins of 95-9 with only Andy Baybutt (49) offering any resistance.

Last pair Martyn Farrell and Jamie Barnes, however, turned it around. Riding their luck at times, they steadily piled on a last-wicket stand of 52 to take the score to 147.

After the interval, batting hero Barnes claimed Ashley Shaw in his first over and Nantwich limped to 40-4 before Farrell took centre stage with the ball, tying down one end with a fine spell of left-arm spin bowling.

Shaun Brocken took the vital wicket of skipper Raymond Doyle and a farcical run-out summed up the home side’s disarray at 78-8.

The last two fell to Farrell and Brocken, leaving Nantwich short by 36 runs.

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