Wet and miserable weather left players and officials sitting around when play was supposed to start at 1pm. The covers came on and off in the breaks from the rain and it wasn’t until 2:45pm that play finally got underway.
This was definitely a toss to win and invite the opposition to bat on a very damp wicket.
It was Leigh captain Mattie McKierman who called correctly leaving Ormskirk openers John Armstrong and Andy Baybutt to deal with very tricky conditions.
They rose to the task realising a firm opening of 49 runs on the board before Baybutt was caught for 14 off the bowling of Mattie McKiernan.
Things looked ominous when Ian Robinson was bowled with only one more run added and it looked as though the weather and the loss of the toss was going to be OCC’s nemesis.
Because of the loss of time due to the weather it was vital that the score was pushed along rapidly and when Gary Knight joined John Armstrong the run rate increased until the third wicket, that of Gary Knight (31) fell to a wonderful catch by David Dove, leaving the score at 105 for 3.
By this time Armstrong was very much in control and, joined by Matty Glayzer, he played aggressively with the score progressing to 145 for 4 when Glayzer lost his wicket to a catch by David Dove who, following his splendid earlier catch to dismiss Knight, was enjoying a good day in the field.
Armstrong continued to dominate the bowling and progressed to a score of 91 before he was caught on the boundary when the score was 177 for 6.
As soon as Ormskirk reached 190 for 7, and had secured 4 batting points, Ian Robinson declared the innings, leaving Leigh a challenging but by no means impossible target to win.
By the time the Leigh innings commenced the sun had come out and there was the prospect of a chase for runs and a close finish ahead.
Bowling from the St Helens Road end, Gavin Griffiths opened with a devastating display of fast bowling leaving the top Leigh batsmen following each other in quick succession to the Pavilion. Griffiths’s opening spell yielded him figures of 3 wickets for just 4 runs. Adam Shallcross and Hamish Kingston then offered some resistance taking the score to 40 for 5 when Griffiths struck again to take the wicket of Kingston.
His bowling had left Ormskirk looking for a win that had seemed so unlikely in the pouring rain at the start of the afternoon. With sun drying out the wicket, Ian Robinson turned to his spin bowlers to polish off the Leigh innings and they did not disappoint.
Dane Currency took 4 for 21 and Martyn Farrell 2 for 12 to see Leigh bowled out for 100 runs and the home side winning by 92 runs, earning 24 points to return to the top of the league table.
On Saturday, June 15, OCC are away to Maghull in the League. On Sunday. June 16 OCC entertain Lytham at Brook Lane in a Lancashire Knock out Cup Game.