Ormskirk travelled to Southport and Birkdale minus four regular first team players and so the strength in depth of the squad of players available to sustain the championship challenge came under scrutiny.
And they passed the test, winning by 43 runs to stay on top of the Liverpool & District Competition Premier League.
Into the team came 14-year-old George Lavelle to replace the highly experienced John Armstrong, along with Chris Smith, Jamie Barnes and Jonny Glayzer to step into the vacated positions left by Ian Robinson, Andy Baybutt and Liam Hurt.
Nicky Caunce assumed the captaincy in place of the skipper Robinson and elected to bat, with Matty Glayzer and Michael Jones opening the innings.
After 32 minutes of play, and with 17 runs on the board, Glayzer lost his wicket to a catch off the impressive opening bowling of Scott Lees.
The loss of the wicket brought Lavelle to join 16-year-old Jones, possibly the youngest first team partnership in the club’s 179-year history.
The two were soon separated with Lavelle being well caught after opening his run account on his first team debut.
Jones looked assured and confident when joined by Gary Knight. The pair took the score along nicely, establishing a partnership of 83 with Jones reaching his first half-century for the club.
But shortly after reaching his personal milestone he was run out backing up as Knight played a handsome straight drive.
At 103-3, Jonny Glayzer came in to play a thoughtful and accomplished innings, scoring 51 runs off 53 balls before he was caught off the bowling of S&B’s skipper Chris Firth.
During his stay at the crease he lost the company of Knight (29), Smith (4), Gavin Griffiths (8), and Caunce (6).
It was a fine innings that was greatly appreciated by the spectators, with both sets of supporters giving him a warm reception as he left the field.
The innings progressed to 190-8 when Caunce declared, leaving the home side a respectable but far from impossible target to chase.
The home side reached 28 before the first wicket fell when Mark Fletcher was caught in the slips off the bowling of Gavin Griffiths.
Spinners Martyn Farrell and Dane Currency were brought into the attack and it was Farrell who broke a stubborn partnership of 35 runs when he bowled Adam Philips (32) with the score at 63.
The next breakthrough came quickly when Currency tempted opener Guy Edwards down the wicket to defeat him with a variation of pace, leaving him stranded whilst Gary Knight whipped off the bails for an excellent stumping.
S&B’s overseas player Tim Doonan was the next to go when he was bowled by Currency having scored 26 runs.
But S&B had plenty of time to gather the 83 runs needed with five wickets in hand. With Scott Lees and Nicholas Devlin batting well, Caunce made the astute decision to bring Griffiths back into the attack, a decision that proved to be the turning point.
Griffiths bowled magnificently and took the wickets of Lees (26), Devlin (23) and Chris Firth (0), finishing with the fine figures of 4-19 off 10 overs.
It was a good all round team performance with Gavin Griffiths playing the starring role, closely followed by top scorer Jonny Glayzer.
Victory has kept Ormskirk at the top of the table by three points ahead of facing New Brighton, this Saturday’s visitors.
The top of the table game could well determine where the championship trophy ends up at the end of the season. It starts at 1pm and will no doubt provide spectators with an afternoon of highly competitive and entertaining cricket.