Hegg and Schofield boost Bamford
As the Kingfisher Beer Cup moved into the last 16 stages, the weather was once again the winner as only one of the ties was able to be played thanks to more flooding around the country.
The games at Brentwood, Chorley, Havant, South Wilts, Tunbridge Wells and York were all called off without a ball being bowled.
The only match that did survive was Bamford Fieldhouse v Ormskirk. However, this was moved to Ormskirk, currently sitting fourth in the Liverpool & District Premier League, due to the Bamford pitch being unfit following much rain.
Bamford, of the Saddleworth and District League, won the toss and put the hosts into bat, which brought rewards straight away as Ormskirk opener Ian Robinson was stumped first ball off the bowling of Melbourne Austin.
This brought Gary Knight to the crease and after the loss of the other opening batsman Matthew Glayzer for 16, he was joined by John Armstrong and between them they added 55 for the third wicket.
The loss of Armstrong, bowled by Austin, saw a mini-collapse as 88 for two became 112 for six, Jean Pierre Lee taking two wickets in two balls.
But Knight remained and was joined by Chris Smith and this pair brought the second significant partnership of the innings, this time of 67 runs.
The bowling of ex-Lancashire, Surrey and England spin bowler Chris Schofield then made the breakthrough towards the end of the Ormskirk innings, removing both Knight (72) and Smith (29) before running out Shaun Brocken as the home side reached 182 for nine from their 45 overs.
The Bamford reply started briskly as Grant Hodnett took it to the Ormskirk opening bowlers and struck 28 from 22 balls before being caught by Glayzer off the bowling of Gavin Griffiths with the score on 40.
This brought Schofield to the crease and his partnership with Ammer Mizra brought 80 runs before Griffiths had the former trapped LBW for 34.
Griffiths repeated the act shortly after to remove Mizra for a patient 38 to leave Bamford Fieldhouse 127 for three.
However, the other Ormskirk bowlers could not repeat the successes of Griffiths, who finished with figures of 3-36 from his nine overs.
Ex-Lancashire and England wicketkeeper Warren Hegg joined Pat McKeown at the crease and these two batted sensibly to secure a seven wicket win and an away trip to either Neston or Kidderminster Victoria in the quarter finals.
The remaining fifth round ties will try again, along with the Neston v Kidderminster Victoria match attempting for the first time, on Sunday.