IAN ROBINSON has revealed his delight at Simon Kerrigan's England test call-up - and says the Ormskirk players are now finding it "surreal" to have played alongside him this season.
Spin bowler Kerrigan is in the side for the final Ashes test against Australia this week at the Oval in London.
The Lancashire player has been with Ormskirk since 2008 and featured regularly in his first few seasons.
County duties have increasingly limited his involvement for the Brook Lane side but he has still managed five appearances this season.
And 24-year-old Kerrigan has capped a remarkable rise by winning his first England cap.
"It is well deserved," said Robinson, the Ormskirk captain.
"It has still come quite early in his career but his record this season speaks for itself. He deserves his chance.
"Hopefully this now points to him going on the Ashes tour this winter.
"It is a bit surreal to think that he has played for us this season and now he has been called up to the test squad.
"But the character he is, Simon wants to play for us when he can.
“I text him on Sunday to say well done on the selection and he texted back to say well done for our win against Lytham, so he still keeps an eye on how we are doing."
He added: "His home club, Fulwood and Broughton, also deserve a lot of credit."
Ormskirk face a taxing weekend where they play three times in as many days.
On Saturday they travel to Bootle for a Liverpool and District Cricket Competition fixture before welcoming Hyde to Brook Lane on Sunday.
That game is the regional final in the National t-20 Championship with the winner booking a place in the national finals day at the Oval.
And then 24 hours later, second-placed Ormskirk welcome league leaders Northern to West Lancashire.
"Of the three games this weekend, Bootle is in some ways the least important," said Robinson.
"But on Saturday we can't be thinking about Sunday or Monday because if we lose to Bootle then Monday's game with Northern becomes almost redundant and Northern have then more or less won the championship.
"So, we have to be focused on Saturday.
"These are three massive games.”
"I know a little bit about Hyde,” he continued.
"We've played them twice in the last six or seven years.
"We lost to them in 2007 but beat them in 2009/10.
“I think they have a pretty similar team to then.”
At the weekend, Ormskirk booked their place in the Ray Dignam Trophy final with a seven wicket win over Lytham.
"We have really focussed on the Ray Dignam Trophy over the last few years," said Robinson, who was 75 not out.
"I was looking at some stats the other day and the competition has been running for 34 years and Ormskirk have been in the final just once.
I found that amazing considering the amount of success the club has had."