Fine run for Longridge 2nd XI

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In a mirror of the first team game the Longridge 2nd XI entertained Penwortham 2nd XI at home on a sunny but breezy day.

Nick Wilkinson lost the toss and was asked to bowl first by the visitors on a day that looked well suited for batting.

However in Roger Kaye and Will Baines Longridge have a very effective and miserly pair of opening bowlers who once again got the home side of to a great start.

Openers Gray and Rukin were dismissed for 0 and 9 respectively as Kaye and Baines picked up a wicket apiece, the middle order fared no better as the Longridge bowlers continued to make scoring difficult.

Only Nathan Walmsley offered any resistance with a little support from Sturzaker and Duckworth before he was cleaned up by the excellent Baines for 48. Penwortham were bowled out for 119 from 37.1 overs, Kaye taking 4-33 from 16 overs and Baines 4-35 from 14.1.

In reply Longridge got off to a great start, Frank Jamieson and Olly Pye set about the Penwortham total in style. Jamieson was bowled by Parkinson for a solid 29 and suddenly the flood gates seemed to open as the home side started to collapse with three more quick wickets falling. Young Max Nelson joined Pye to steady the ship with a breezy 19 before Rukin bowled him. Pye was starting to look as though he may run out of partners as two more wickets fell to leave Longridge 7 down. The experience Kaye provided the support Pye needed though and Longridge secured another maximum points much to the delight of the skipper and a decent home crowd.

Accross the road table toppers Longridge 3rd XI entertained local rivals Grimsargh. Skipper Matt Richmond lost the toss on a perfect day for batting and was duly asked to bowl. Tom Denby made an early breakthrough bowling Connaughton for a duck. Ryan Hilton and John Huggan then set about building a solid foundation but runs were not easy to come by. Dan Douglas bowled tirelessly and in tandem with Skipper Richmond started to pick up wickets, Hilton falling for 21 and Huggon for 44. Douglas picked up two more well earned wickets before Richmond sparked a Grimsargh collapse picking up 5-38 from 16 overs, Dan Douglas finishing with 3-50 from 22 overs.

In reply, Longridge lost Matt Simpson and Josh Mullin cheaply but Andrew Simpson Jnr and Michael Wood batted patiently to repair the early damage. Wood fell for a fine 23 which brough Tom Charnley to the crease. Runs started to come more fluently as Simpson and Charnley made the Grimsargh bowlers toil. An excellent win was sealed as Simpson scored the winning run to bring up his unbeaten 50, Charnley finished with match winning 25 not out to seal a 7 wicket win that keeps Longridge top of the pile.

The 4th team travelled to Penwortham 3rd XI and Skipper Hobro had no hesitation in batting upon winning the toss. Longridge racked up a fantastic total of 219-9 from their 45 overs with youngsters Rhys Morgan making an excellent 68 and Oliver Hobro chipping in with a couple of big sixes at the end. Penwortham could only amass 141-8 in reply with Steve Procter the pick of the Longridge Bowlers picking up 4 wickets. The fifth team had a mixed weekend losing to Wyre CC on Saturday despite Chris Haworth taking 5-31, they made up for it on Sunday with a fine win in the 20/20 cup at home to Fleetwood though.