Orrell’s first team bounced back from their opening day defeat to secure their first win of the season- against Prestatyn CC. The visitors won the toss and chose to bat at a pristine looking YMCA ground- the condition of the ground drawing praise from the visiting North Wales spectators. Apart from a problematic fourth wicket partnership, wickets fell at regular intervals at Prestatyn finished 170-9 declared from 55 overs. The wickets were shared around the bowlers – Joe Lyth (2-29) with his first wickets for Orrell.
In reply, Jake Brown (41) got the Orrell innings off to a flying start with an impressive array of shots. All of the Orrell top four came to the party (Sam Heeley 30, Richard Everett 29 and Matt Morgan 51 not out) as Orrell strolled to victory finishing on 172-5 with over 10 overs of the day left to spare. Morgan in particular showed the cool head on the field that will be so crucial to the teams chances this summer.
Orrell’s second team also bounced back from an opening day defeat as they chased down a large total away at Newton. The hosts raced along and looked to be on course for a very large total at one stage. Contributions from Steve Pegg (1-21) and Richard Smith (2-9) brought some control to proceedings but still Newton were able to declare on 230-3 from 40.4 overs. Orrell openers Pegg (30) and Steve Tickle (28) got the reply off to solid start. Strong contributions from the Orrell middle and lower middle order saw the visitors achieve victory for the loss of 7 wickets. Skipper Paul Mottram led the way 71 and others to contribute included Stuart Craig (35) David Cheetham (19) Phil Taberner (17) and Chris Kirby (16).
Orrell’s third team maintained their winning ways with a comfortable win away at Formby.
Skipper Alan Moore won the toss and chose to bat. Openers Andy Ackers and George Mushahwar got the innings off to a solid start against some probing Formby opening bowling. Both openers then took advantage of some poor first and second change bowling to put Orrell in a strong position. The reintroduction of the Formby opening bowlers saw Ackers eventually out for 72. 13 year old Matthew Hayes then joined Mushahwar as they proceeded to play the Formby opening bowlers expertly and keep the scoreboard ticking over. When Hayes fell for 18 and Mushahwar ran himself out for 64, 13 year old Matthew Wareing (26 not out) along with Tom Heywood (28 not out) took full advantage of the reintroduction of the Formby change bowlers to play some fantastic shots.
Moore eventually declared on 242-3 from 43 overs. The Formby reply lost wickets at regular intervals mainly due to the hostile bowling of Terry Leaford who took 3 wickets in a fine opening spell to finish with figures of 3-9 from 6 overs. Mark Crumpton as first change bowler chipped in with 2-7. The fledgling leg spin of Matthew Hayes then wrapped up the Formby innings for 74 all out from 30.5 overs. Hayes finished with 4-13- his first wicket saw skipper Moore take an amazing one handed diving catch in the slips to a ball that spun and bounced prodigiously to catch the outside edge of the bat.
The fourth team entertained Hindley St. Peter’s in the West Lancashire League. Hindley finished on 248-7 from their 40 overs. Orrell skipper David Cheetham with 4-48 was the pick of the bowlers. The Orrell reply finished 133 all out. Mike Abbott with 41 and Cheetham with 43 were the pick of the batters