Lytham’s knockout blow

Lytham's Faz Ughradar in action
Lytham's Faz Ughradar in action
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Lytham CC’s hopes of silverware were dashed at Ormskirk, where they were beaten by seven wickets in the semi-finals of Ray Digman Knockout Trophy.

The visitors elected to bat and were dismissed for exactly 200 in 44.2 overs

Opener Alex Davies top-scored with 45 and Faz Ughradar contributed 38 coming in down the order at no.4.

But no major partnerships developed and professional Dom O’Brien was dismissed for four as Liam Hurt took 4-44 from 8.2 overs.

An opening stand of 68 then put Ormskirk on the road to victory as skipper Ian Robinson went on to carry his bat for an unbeaten 75 from 99 balls, including eight fours.

Joined by Gary Knight with the score at 73-3, the pair shared in an unbroken stand of 128 to seal victory after 38.3 overs.

In the final Ormskirk will face Liverpool Competition leaders Northern, who defeated Wallasey by four wickets in the other semi-final.

- Freckleton won the Meyler Cup with victory over Penwortham CC in the final at Kirkham and Wesham.

Penwortham chose to bat but were dismissed for 97. Despite stumbling from 62-2 to 68-6, Freck completed the victory by four wickets, with captain James Fiddler hitting the winning runs.

- Chris Tremlett is “dying to” bowl against Australia in the fifth and final Investec Ashes Test, which starts tomorrow, after recovering from a career-threatening back injury.

The Surrey fast bowler, 31, was included in England’s squad to chase a 4-0 series victory over the Baggy Greens after Yorkshire’s Tim Bresnan withdrew through injury, and he is relishing the chance to play on his home ground.

Tremlett said: “I’m very hopeful. It’s been a long time coming and it’s been great to be back involved in the last two Test squads. I’ve had my injuries over the last couple of years and I’m dying to get an opportunity to play.

“It was great to be involved in the Ashes back in Australia and it’s great to be back involved in the squad and getting a feel for being around the guys again.

“It’s great to be back at The Oval but unfortunately for Tim Bresnan he’s got injured and there was a spot there. Hopefully it’s myself who can get the opportunity.”

- Michael Carberry is set for a Twenty20 international debut against Australia after being included in England’s 13-man squad for two matches at the end of this month.

Carberry, who has one Test cap to his name but none in the limited-overs formats, caught the eye this summer with an unbeaten century for Hampshire in their Friends Life t20 quarter-final victory over Lancashire.