Northern complete hat trick
as Stephen Cole skittles Ormskirk
Sunday 22nd September 2013
How often has a team dominated a match only for it be called off for rain and then they come second best in the replay?
A fortnight ago, Ormskirk rattled up 258-4 at Moor Park in the final of the Ray Digman Knockout Trophy before rain halted proceedings with Northern on 2-0.
Today, they won the toss and elected to bat but from that point everything went wrong for Ormskirk as Stephen Cole and Tom Bailey ripped through their batting to reduce them to 18-9. Yes, eighteen for nine.
England spinner, Simon Kerrigan, battled through a tenth wicket partnership of 53 with Martyn Farrell (10) before the visitors were all out for 71 after 29,4 overs, with Kerrigan ending on 41 not out. Cole finished with the astonishing figures of 9-3-7-6 whilst Tom Bailey took 3-26.
In reply, Kerrigan struck quickly, sending Steve Lucas and Mark Walling back to the pavilion with only two on the board but Davy Smith (33*) and James Cole (31) produced a stand of 67 before Northern won by seven wickets after twenty-eight overs.
This was the first time Northern had won the Knockout Trophy having featured in five previous finals. They also completed a hat trick of trophies for the season, having already won the ECB Premier League and the Lancashire Knockout Cup.
For Ormskirk's Nicky Caunce, it was a day to forget as it was the second time he had played in a losing side in a final, having been in the Northern side that lost at Leigh last season.