ORMSKIRK Cricket Club skipper Ian Robinson says positive play will always remain the policy while he is leading the team - despite the fact that a "risky" declaration and several missed chances when fielding contributed to a surprising loss against relegation-threatened Rainford last Saturday.
The Brook Lane captain was speaking after his team went down to a six-wickets defeat in a game where the batsmen outshone the bowlers.
“We only had ourselves to blame for the loss,” Robinson said.
“I wouldn't say it was a generous declaration; maybe it was a risky one.”
Robinson had called time on his side's turn at the crease in which they rattled off 220 runs for the loss of only three wickets in 45 overs. The skipper himself contributed 86 of them, facing just 93 deliveries and clubbing 15 boundaries. Teammates Gary Knight (41 not out) and Jonny Glayzer (34 not out) both chipped in with useful knocks leaving the visitors in a healthy-looking position.
However, Rainford rode some good fortune as Ormskirk failed to snap up some half-dozen catchable balls. And inspired by Nicholas Hendrie's unbowed 107, Rainford won the game two deliveries into the 66th over of their reply.
Alongside Hendrie, David Tully (48) and Ravi Mistry (41 not out) also scored key runs to help see their side to their first league victory of the season as they reached 221-4.
“You have to give Rainford credit,” Robinson continued.
“They did have so much time to get the runs - 69 overs - and perhaps we were a bit light on bowling. But we want to play positive cricket and go for wins when we can. This was one of those games and it just didn't work out that way for us this time.”
Despite the defeat, Ormskirk are still very much in the mix to finish runners-up to champions Lytham and Robinson is still hoping that will be the case.
He said: “We are still in with a shout to finish second, but even if it's fourth place where we currently are going into the last game against Maghull, that will be a decent season as far as I am concerned.”
Heading into the final game of the season at home to Maghull on Saturday afternoon, Ormskirk are fourth on 297 points. Leigh are third, three points ahead with Northern in second spot on 309. Saturday's match at Brook Lane starts at 12pm.