Simpson helps smash Longridge to victory

Ian Simpson bowls for Longridge.
Ian Simpson bowls for Longridge.

After heavy morning showers and a large mopping up operation, Longridge 1st XI’s game was reduced to 33 overs per side.

Local rivals Fulwood and Broughton won a toss that neither captain fancied winning and elected to bat in damp conditions. Smith and Fitch opening the batting and struggled for runs as Ian Simpson and Paul Holden bowled a tight line.

Simpson made the early breakthrough and went on to remove the top three batsmen.

Wickets tumbled at regular intervals as the visitors tried to push for a score to defend. With the top order in tatters, only Charlie Rossiter made any real impact scoring 40 before being clean bowled by Holden. F&B crawled to 117-9 from 33 overs at tea with Simpson taking 5-41, and Holden 3-41.

The captain shuffled his pack to avoid the loss of early wickets with John Simpson and Dan Wilkinson Jnr taking to the field with a constant threat of showers.

The innings started well and Simpson particularly scored freely.

Wilkinson fell for a dogged 17 to Fenton, but Simpson continued to push on, supported by Neil Holden.

John eventually fell to a catch from Turner off the bowling of Munir for a magnificent 77, but the damage was done and Luke Platt finished the game off in style with a six to ensure Longridge’s great start to the season continued with a seven wicket win leaving them just eight points behind the early season pace setters Vernon Carus.

Captain Ian Simpson praised his side’s concentration with the bat to back up their efforts in the field: “It’s a real pet hate of mine when we don’t make a first half advantage pay, so naturally I’m delighted with the win in difficult conditions.”

This week Longridge host Fylde 1st XI on Saturday, then travel to Stanley Park to take on Blackpool in the second round of the National Knockout.