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Kirk beaten but title chase is on

Damage limited as New Brighton held to a draw

Ormskirk Cricket Club - John Armstrong, top scorer

Play got underway an hour late with Northern winning the toss and putting Ormskirk into bat.

The opening went well with John Armstrong and Michael Jones settling in with an opening partnership of 31 runs before Jones was caught behind having scored 13.

The loss of Jones’s wicket brought Andy Baybutt to the crease for a short-lived stay of 3 balls, being bowled out by Paul Park without adding a run.

Armstrong’s new partner, Gary Knight was the next to go, adjudged to be caught behind, a decision he was clearly unhappy about.

Despite his obvious displeasure, with the umpire’s finger raised he had to go, leaving Ormskirk three wickets down with 39 on the board.

Armstrong was still batting well and with three recognized batsmen still to come it was hoped that the set backs could be rectified but this was not to be.

First, Matty Glayzer found him self out lbw (12 off 34 balls) and captain Ian Robinson was stumped by wicket keeper James Cole off the bowling of Stephen Lucas having faced 22 balls and scored 11 runs.

Jonny Glayzer, the main run maker in last week’s game against New Brighton, fared little better being bowled by Lucas who was causing no end of problems for the batsmen.

With the score on 114-6 Liam Hurt, who had returned to the side following a lengthy injury, joined Armstrong and after facing only 5 balls he played a poor shot to be caught by Cole off the bowling of Lucas.

All hope of reaching a decent score went when Armstrong lost his wicket, given out lbw to the bowling of the troublesome Lucas. With only 7 more runs added Ormskirk were all out for 131 with only Armstrong (57) having shown any sort of form.

Robinson decided to turn to his trust spin partnership of Dane Currency and Martyn Farrell and with the score on 33 Currency trapped opener Mark Walling lbw to claim the first wicket.

Farrell offered a glimmer of hope when he bowled Davy Smith with the score on 54.

Opener Stephen Lucas, who as a bowler had taken 7 Ormskirk wickets, piled on the agony with a powerful display of batting, knocking off 48 runs, to include six 4s and three 6s, before losing his wicket lbw to Farrell. Northern lost two more wickets, one each to Currency and Farrell, before passing the target to achieve a comfortable 5 wicket victory.

It was a poor display by Ormskirk with only the batting of John Armstrong who, excluding the 22 extras, scored 52% of the runs knocked up by the batsmen being the main positive to come out of the game.

Spinners Currency and Farrell showed that they are a potent force to contend with but in this game needed the batsmen to have given them enough runs to defend.

New Brighton, Ormskirk’s main title challenger for the title, could only manage a draw in their game and so the loss to Northern was not as nearly damaging as it could have been.

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