Longridge trounce the league new boys

John Simpson
John Simpson

Houghton 1st XI 97 
Longridge 1st XI 100-1

Longridge travelled to Premier League new boys Houghton CC looking to get their league campaign back on track, and on a drying day Ian Simpson won the toss again and asked Houghton to bat.

Simpson and Roger Kaye bowled a miserly opening spell restricting the home side to few scoring opportunities and both picking up wickets in the process.

Darren Eccles offered some resistance with 21 before he was caught by Vinny Wilkinson.

Simpson eventually picked up three wickets and Kaye two before a double change saw Rory McDowell and Paul Holden introduced into the attack.

Holden made an instant impact mopping up the Houghton lower order finishing with fine figures of 5.5 overs, 5-14.

Will Monks finished as the home side’s top scorer with 29.

At tea the instruction for the Longridge batsmen was to make a solid start and look to rotate the strike.

John Simpson and Dan Wilkinson Jnr did just that with Simpson particularly dominating the bowling and not allowing them to settle.

Wilkinson was eventually caught off the bowling of Monks for 20 but Longridge were well on their way to victory. Paul Holden came in at number three and supported Simpson perfectly as he moved to another unbeaten half century.

Longridge wrapped up a comfortable win inside 20 overs with Simpson and Holden finishing unbeaten on 56 and 18 respectively. The skipper was delighted to come away with 12 points but more pleased with the manner in which his side had performed.

This week the 1st X1 host Garstang at home in the league on Saturday and then have a Meyler Cup Quarter Final at home to league leaders Great Eccleston on Sunday.

Withnell Fold 1st X1 133-8, Longridge 2nd X1 109

Longridge 2nd X1 hosted a strong Withnell Fold side. With both teams in the top four it promised to be a close run affair.

Wilkinson won the toss and was more than happy to ask the visitors to bat as the conditions were damp from the morning showers.

Baines and Greenall bowled a good opening spell which set the tone for the afternoon.

Josh Cunliffe made a fine 51 for Withnell Fold but the home side continued to bowl and field superbly to restrict the visitors to 133-8 at tea.

Tom Howarth was the pick of the bowlers finishing with 4-19 from 15 overs.

The Longridge reply got off to the worst possible start with the in-form Jamieson falling LBW for two. Pye was then run out in a terrible mix up and the game seemed to be falling further out of reach as the home side collapsed to 27-6.

The captain started the rebuilding job alongside some good support from Matt Joyce.

Hough and Baines then brought Longridge to within 25 runs of victory before Baines was caught by Cooper off the bowling of Michael Atkinson who took 4-34 for Withnell.

Alec Hough was left stranded on 35 not out and a disappointing result saw the visitors leapfrog Longridge in the table. This week the Longridge 2nd X1 make the short trip to Whittingham and Goosnargh.

Longridge 3rd X1 140 
Fulwood and Broughton 3rd X1 139

Longridge 3rd team hosted Fulwood and Broughton for the second time in six days looking to avenge a cup defeat the previous week.

Richmond lost the toss and was asked to bat in the worst of conditions.

The home side made a solid start though with both Matt Simpson and Matt Hawkes getting into the teens before Simpson was bowled.

Everybody chipped in with runs and made a start without going on to get a big score.

Mike Wood top scored with 25 including a couple of his trademark lusty blows.

Tom Charnley and Alan Simpson kept the board ticking over while Keighley and Douglas moved Longridge onto 140 at tea in a game reduced to 43 overs due to a short rain delay.

Both sides would have felt they were the favourites at tea and on a pitch that was drying all the time the visitors would probably have started their reply as favourites.

Dan Douglas and Oliver Lewis opened the bowling for Longridge, and Douglas did the early damage, removing the experienced Huggon for two, thanks to an excellent diving catch from Richmond at gully.

Douglas took two more wickets and was joined by Darren Keighley in the attack who also bowled a tight spell and picked up a couple of wickets.

When Richmond introduced his off spin into the game and trapped Marley LBW the visitors were reeling at 80-8.

Ryan Brett Foy and Chris Clinch, two of the younger F&B players, then produced a partnership that involved both risk and clever running as they selflessly set about trying to turn the game back in the visitors’ favour.

Nerves were starting to creep in as catches went down and run outs were missed.

With just 10 required from the last three overs Foy lost concentration and holed out to Keighley at mid off.

Needing just three to win from the final over Dan Douglas stepped up and trapped a distraught Clinch and Longridge had snatched victory with just three balls to spare.

Douglas finished with 5-50 as the 3rd X1 look forward to a massive top of the table clash away at Garstang on Saturday.

Fleetwood 4th X1 83
Longridge 5th X1 86-5

On Sunday Chris Smith guided the Longridge 5th X1 with a magnificent win over Fleetwood.

The Lewis brothers Oliver and Toby starred with the ball picking up three wickets each and Elliot Taylforth guided the home side to victory scoring 40 not out in reply.