Penwortham steal victory in thriller

Luke Platt
Luke Platt

Longridge 1st XI travelled to Penwortham on the back of some excellent results and in good form.

The sun was out, and upon winning the toss Simpson had no hesitation on deciding to bat first on a greenish wicket that was on the soft side but looked like it wouldn’t change throughout the match.

John Simpson and Dan Wilkinson Jnr who have both been in the runs recently were asked to open and hopes were high.

Wilkinson was removed early on caught and bowled by Ryan Maddock to leave Longridge 6-1.

Luke Platt joined Simpson in the middle and made a fluent and confident start.

Simpson struggles somewhat and was eventually bowled by Maddock for just eight to leave the visitors 42-2.

Platt continued to find the boundary and held the innings together as wickets fell cheaply among the middle order.

At 97-5 Longridge were in a spot of trouble until former skipper Vinny Wilkinson joined Platt and set about taking the game to the Penwortham attack.

Former Longridge man Roebuck proving particularly expensive.

Platt was eventually caught by Brierly off the bowling of Roebuck for a stunning 85 and a swashbuckling 49 not out from Wilkinson ensured a competitive total of 190-7 had been set at tea from 45 overs.

The Longridge reply got off to a great start with opening bowlers Matt Greenall and Ian Simpson both picking up and early wicket to leave Penwortham a little stunned at 10-2.

The home side showed real resolve and started to rebuild through opener Alex Unsworth and Martin Hewitt.

Unsworth eventually fell to Simpson for a solid 57 including two sixes to leave Penwortham 93-3.

Ryan Maddock picked up the reins and looked to forge another partnership.

Neil Holden was brought into the attack and looked to be turning the game on its head as he removed Hewitt and Maddock before picking up another wicket to leave Penwortham faultering at 130-6.

Wayne Maddock played a fantastic captain’s innings supported by Ashit Jariwala though to bring the home side back into the game.

Thirteen runs were require from the final over and Jariwala was the hero of the hour with some big hitting to steal the game for the home side with one ball to spare.

A frustrated Ian Simpson tried to remain positive afterwards but the manner of the defeat was clearly hard to take.

“I am disappointed with the result. The positives are we only performed at 80% in the field and still competed until the penultimate ball.”