LAURENCE ARMSTRONG enjoyed a game to remember for Formby Cricket Club on Saturday as they secured a fine win by 109 runs over St Helens Recs.
The Formby man was the second-highest run-maker with 46 of the 242 posted by his team at Cricket Path.
He then returned with the ball to snap up four St Helens wickets as the visitors were skittled out for just 133.
Earlier, Formby skipper Andy Halpin had elected to take to the crease first upon calling the coin flip correctly.
The captain lost his wicket cheaply and Formby were in a spot of bother at 33-2, Kris Jones also falling to some early accurate St Helens bowling.
But a solid stand of 80 for the third wicket between Mark Baker (56) and Armstrong took the score past 100 and from that point onwards Formby’s batsmen ensured a productive run-rate was maintained.
Elliot Ketteringham chipped in with 41 while teammate Andrew Eastwood fashioned a useful 26 off only 33 balls.
The 242 Formby eventually reached before they were all out set St Helens an inviting target, but equally one that could be defended.
Formby’s bowlers certainly started well and St Helens found themselves three wickets down with only 17 runs in the scorebook.
And the pattern was maintained as the home XI’s attack took wickets at regular intervals while ensuring the run chase was never on.
St Helens were eventually all out for 133 after 27 overs, Armstrong’s four wickets the bowling highlight.
With their fifth league win of the season, Formby are now in sixth place in the Liverpool Competition’s First Division on 174 points. Their next game is on Saturday when they visit Liverpool CC. The game at Aigburth starts at 1pm.