IAN ROBINSON says Ormskirk's “perfect weekend” was his proudest moment in cricket after his side secured a place in the National Club T20 finals at The Oval.
Ormskirk will feature in front of the Sky television cameras on Friday, September 13, after a thrilling final-ball victory over Hyde in their regional final on Sunday.
They will take on Chester-le-Street in the semi-finals, on the ground where England lifted the Ashes urn last Sunday, with the winners facing off against either Banbury, or last year's winners Wimbledon.
“It was an emotional day, pretty amazing” said Robinson. “It is probably the proudest and most drained I have ever been after a match.
“It's just a fantastic achievement for us. The scale of what we have achieved hasn't really hit home yet, but it will.
“It will be amazing for the lads, and for the people who come and watch us regularly, to have a trip to the Oval, one of the most famous grounds in world cricket.”
Robinson himself had bowled the final over of the match against Hyde, with the visitors needing eight runs to win. They fell, however, one short, sparking wild scenes of celebration.
“It was pretty mad,” he said. “I hadn't bowled particularly well in the match, but I felt as captain that I had to take responsibility.
“At the start of the over, they were probably favourites, needing eight. But I got a wicket and bowled a couple of dot-balls, and it shifted. Then I bowled a front-foot no ball, and thought I'd handed it straight back to them! Thankfully, it didn't cost us.
“Our fielding was what saved us on the day. We batted ok, but were probably 30 or 40 short we felt. They got into a great position, but we ran four of their players out, three with direct hits, and that killed their momentum.”
It was not just Sunday's heroics, either. Ormskirk had beaten Bootle heavily on Saturday to crank up the pressure on LDCC Premier Division leaders Northern, and followed that up by beating Northern themselves on Monday.
“It was the perfect weekend,” added Robinson. “We did everything we could, taking 50 points from our two league games. We're still 39 points behind Northern, which is probably still too far, but we've done everything we could in the last few weeks, and with the final of the Ray Digman to come against them, I think we scored a bit of psychological blow.
“We've had one of our players (Simon Kerrigan) make his England debut, we're going to the Oval, and we have taken 25 points in four of our last five league games. I'm very proud of the lads.”
Ormskirk take on Maghull on Saturday in the league.