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LCB Pairs U11s Finals Day Goes Up In Smoke

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What a day! Great venue, great cricket, some of our county's most talented U11s club players on show and then an unfortunate fire at a school puts pay to the Finale.

Leyland CC hosted this years LCB U11s Pairs County Finals Day. The format of the day was two 16 over semi-finals with the winners of each progressing to a 20 over final.

Cherry Tree CC, Ormskirk CC, Fylde CC and Ramsbottom CC had all progressed through their own league competitions and 2 county rounds to reach the prestigious finals day.

1st Semi Final

Cherry Tree CC v Ormskirk CC

Ormskirk won the toss and decided to bowl first.

Chery Tree CC batted well however some keen fielding and accurate bowling by the Ormskirk boys reduced the flow of runs by taking regular wickets, Cheery Tree's final score was 243.

In reply Ormskirk were always  up with the run rate despite wickets falling. Ormskirk eventually passing the score in the 13th over and sensibly seeing out the remaining overs with the loss of only 1 wicket.

Semi Final 2

Ramsbottom CC v Fylde CC

Fylde won the toss and decided to take first use of the new ball. What they did not allow for was Chris Round and JJ Fielding, as they went on to amass 42 runs for the opening partnership. Despite some very accurate bowling from the Fylde boys, Ramsbottom went on to hit 326.

The Fylde reply was a good effort, with some powerful attacking shots from the batsmen, however the strength in depth of the Ramsbottom outfit proved to be a little to much. A great knock from last batsman Charlie Ardren took the Fylde's score to 252.

Final

Ormskirk v Ramsbottom

6 players from both sides who have also represented their County this year took to the field for this years LCB U11s Pairs Competition.

The toss was won by Ramsbottom who decided to bowl first.

Robert Rankin and Alex Barker were the opening duo for Ormskirk and the ball flew to all parts as the pair put on 53 in their 5 overs.

Ramsbottom showed why they reached the finals day as Chris Round put the pressure on by taking 3 wickets himself and aided by seamer Ben Walker kept Ormskirk's 2nd pair to just 1 run from their 5 overs.

The 3rd pair for Ormskirk were going along well until the reintroduction of Chris Round who took 3 wickets in an over to take his personal tally to 6 in the innings which helped Ramsbottom reduce the Ormskirk total to 52.

Harvey Rankin and Ben McNamara were the last pair for Ormskirk and the highly skilled Rankin hitting two fours in the first 6 balls and then going on to hit another 5 boundries to take Ormskirk's final score to 277.

Ramsbottom's reply was unfortunatley halted after just 1 over due to a fire at a near by school which made conditions quite difficult. Umpires Dave Reece and Colin Dawber made a swift decision in bringing both sets of players off the field. Play was abandoned.

We are trying to rearrange the final for an early evening over the next week, venue to be confirmed. The LCB would like to thank Leyland CC for providing a wonderful experience for everyone involved on the day.

Thanks also to Dave Reece and Colin Dawber who officiated the matches, to all the club coaches and personel and to all the parents for their support.

Shaun Anders (Competitions Officer)

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