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IAN ROBINSON is preparing to turn to youth as Ormskirk continue to pursue league leaders Northern – by handing a first-team debut to a 14-year-old schoolboy.
Left-arm spinner Tom Hartley will be given his senior bow in Saturday’s home match with Wallasey.
The youngster has been impressing with the second XI this season, and in the absence of a number of regulars will be given his chance to impress.
Skipper Robinson said: “It’s a very exciting time for the club, to see a young lad come through to the first team. It’s a big test for Tom, but he has got a good character and he’s a good player. He’s been doing well with the seconds, and he tends to get some good players out with his bowling, so we feel he is ready to have a go.”
Ormskirk head into the game eager to pile the pressure on Northern.
They remain 62 points behind their rivals with six league games remaining, despite victory over Highfield on Saturday, though they still have to play Northern before the season is out.
“We just have to keep winning,” said Robinson.
“We’ve got a decent run going, and have taken 50 points from 50 in our last two games. The gap is still big, and Northern don’t look like they’re slipping up at the moment, but we have to keep on.
“We are looking to be around 50 points behind them when we go to play them.
“Then, if we can beat them, we are within one game, and the pressure will be on them.
“They’ve only slipped up once this season, so it will be tough, but we have to go into every game looking to get 25 points.
“If you look at the table, we have more bonus points than they do, because we are having to head into every match looking for them. They can be content with just winning, which they have been able to do of late.”
ORMSKIRK booked their place in the play-off round of the National T20 with victory over Rochdale on Sunday.
They now face a one-off game at home to Hyde on August 25, with the winners advancing to finals day at The Oval.
“It’s a great incentive,” added Robinson.
“We played well last weekend, and to get to play at The Oval would be incredible for us.”
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