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  1. Published on: 11/06/2019 08:04 PMReported by: rogerblaxall
    Report and photos: Peter Rogan

    After the Saturday washout due to rain, the sunshine returned to Brook Lane for the National Club Championship game versus Bootle and the spectators were served a real treat by two fine sides.

    There was a feast of over 500 runs and victory was secured by Ormskirk in the last over of the day.

    Bootle won the toss and decided to field bringing Tyler McGladdery and Alex Rankin to the crease to open the Ormskirk innings. They started well but in a complete mix up between the batsmen the partnership was broken with the score on 22 when Rankin was run out.

    George Lavelle came in to join the fray and a fine stand of 91 runs was made before the second wicket fell when McGladdery (52) was caught and bowled. With 113 runs on the board at the half way mark and with George Lavelle on 38, and looking extremely comfortable, Gary Knight came in to join him.

    The next 19 overs saw the two batsmen take the Bootle attack apart with George leading the assault, ably supported by Gary. Boundary followed boundary and George reached a century with an array of fine strokes that would grace any level of cricket. The stand between the two took the score to 255-3 when George (129) lost his wicket to an lbw decision. His runs were made off 119 balls to include seven 4s and six 6s. It was a remarkable innings and he was applauded all the way back to the pavilion.

    John Armstrong joined Gary for the last four deliveries of the innings and a further 8 runs were added to leave Gary not out on 49, John not out on 7 and the score a formidable 263 -3.

    It was a big ask for Bootle but they showed that they were up to the challenge when openers Will Hale and Michael Farrell put on 64 runs for the first wicket when Nicky Caunce broke the partnership having Farrell (23) caught by Ryan Maddock in the deep.

    The second wicket fell cheaply when Sam Kershaw (1) was trapped lbw to give Nicky Caunce his second wicket.

    It was 80 runs later when the third wicket fell to the bowling of Tom Hartley when Vishal Tripathi (37) was caught by Gary Knight. The score was now 147-3 after 27 overs. Bootle were still in the fight with opener Will Hale on 37 and looking very strong and plenty of batting to come.

    Ryan Maddock stepped in to take the 4th wicket having Daniel Davies (3) excellently caught by Gary Knight which brought Will Purser to join Will Hale. This hugely experienced pair attacked the bowling and put on a quick fire 46 runs before Jamie Barnes stepped in to take Purser’s wicket.

    Will Hale had passed the century mark when he was joined by Scotland international player Mark Watt. The international did not last long however as having hit a huge 6 he was caught by Nicky Caunce to give Ryan Maddock his well-deserved second wicket.

    With three overs left, Bootle needed 10 runs an over to snatch victory but with Will Hale firing away on all four cylinders it was highly possible.

    At the end of the day it was not to be for Bootle, albeit they got within 11 runs of victory. Scott Lees took the wicket of the visitor’s captain Neil Williams (3) and the final blow came when Nicky Caunce had Will Hale (120) caught by Gary Knight. It was a wonderful game of cricket with everybody playing their part. It was George Lavelle who was “Man of the Match” with his scintillating innings of 129; after the awful weather on the previous day he lit up the Ormskirk sky, sending home supporters very happy chappies.
        

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