FORMBY came away from Wales with a thrilling victory over Nothop Hall.
Batting first, the visitors struggled with Paul Mitchell’s 39 the top score as they were dismissed for 145. Syed Mudassir (3-33) and James Hurlin (3-48) picked up good figures but their efforts were eclipsed by Mark O’Connor who took 7-53 to leave Northop all out just five runs shy of the target.
The game was delayed by 45 minutes due to a wet outfield, captain Andy Halpin won the toss and elected to bat. Formby lost Bobby Eyes (8) with the score on 14. Jay Lenton joined L Armstrong and ticked the score over until Armstrong (17) was caught with the score on 40. Andy Halpin (1) came to the crease but was soon on his way back after being fantastically run out. Lenton (22) was next to go, at this stage Formby were 51-3.
Elliot Ketteringham and Paul Mitchell batted patiently and ticked the score over to 94 until Ketteringham (13) was well caught at mid off. Tom Mills joined Mitchell and the pair batted patiently. Mitchell found the boundary regularly, but fell for a well made 39.
Tom Mills continued to keep the score ticking over, O’Connor was unluckily given out caught behind when it was obvious he had hit his pad. Mills was out for a patient 27. Formby finished 145 all out. It was a defendable total on a slow wicket.
Formby needed to be on the ball in the field. O’Connor got a breakthrough early on, wickets fell regularly but ex-Glamorgan player Danny Nolan continued to score runs and hold the innings together. On came Ketteringham who picked up the important wicket of Kennedy. It was then Jan Gadzina’s turn, 2 wickets in 2 balls bought Formby right back into the game. With 10 overs to go, Northop required 45 with 4 wickets left. O’Connor who had bowled unchanged and looked back to full fitness, picked up the last 4 wickets, the last wicket coming with Northop only need 4 runs for victory. O’Connor finishing with 7-53, Gadzina 2-27 and Ketteringham 1-28.