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Teen ace Jones caps off win for leaders Ormskirk

New boys Rainhill undone by Ormskirk

Michael Jones (aged 16) hits winning runs - Ormskirk Cricket Club

This was Rainhill’s first visit to Brook Lane as members of the Premier League, having been promoted from the First Division at the end of last season.

Lying in ninth position in the League table, 78 points behind the home team they came to Brook Lane as the underdogs but eager to show that they were a team to reckon with and would be no push over.

The spin of the toss went in Ormskirk’s favour and Ian Robinson, taking the conditions into consideration, elected to bat.

He was no doubt feeling that he could rely on his strong bowling line up to contain Rainhill to a relatively modest score.

The in-form Nick Caunce opened the bowling and soon had Rainhill in trouble when he clean bowled Steven Whiston with only 1 run on the board.

At the other end Liam Hurt was generating great pace and was rewarded when he had Ross Higham caught behind by Gary Knight with only 10 more runs having been added, leaving Rainhill in trouble at 11-2.

Next to go was Rainhill’s Saad Kaan who was bowled when Jamie Barnes, deputising for the injured Gavin Griffiths, was introduced into the attack with the score at 25-3.

It was apparent that Ian Robinson had most definitely made the right decision in opting to bowl and this was further confirmed when Simon Brown fell lbw to Caunce and Paul Ford fell clean bowled by the same bowler.

Rainhill were now in dire straights at 45-5 made worse by the prospect of facing the dual spin attack of Martyn Farrell and Dane Currency.

Things steadied down for a while with Ben Edmundson putting up stern resistance and gaining some support from Peter Lydon but when Currency had Edmundson caught behind with the score at 129-9 it was left to Lydon to drag the score along until the last wicket was taken with the score at 138.

The Ormskirk bowlers had done their job with Caunce taking 3 for 32 and Currency 3 for 35 being the main wicket takers.

The writing was on the wall for Rainford when, in reply to their modest total, opening batsmen John Armstrong and Andy Baybutt put on 42 runs before the loss of the first wicket when Baybutt was bowled by the Rainhill and the League leading wicket taker Mohammed Qureshi.

Ian Robinson joined Armstrong to nurse the score along to 82 when the second wicket, that of Armstrong fell as he was caught on the boundary when he had progressed to 42 and the total to 81.

Ormskirk were cruising to victory with a quick fire 24 from Matty Glayzer, leaving Gary Knight and 16 year old Michael Jones to steer them to victory.

With the scores level, to the delight of the home supporters, the youngster Jones hit the winning run, leaving Ormskirk to maintain their unbeaten league run and stay firmly at the top of the League.

Progress was made into the quarter finals of the Lancashire Knockout Cup with a resounding victory over the Bolton Association team Atherton at Brook Lane on Sunday.

It was a very one-sided affair with the visitors being bowled out for just 40 runs.

Liam Hurt did the damage, taking 6 wickets to include a hat trick.

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