Moore and Smalley Palace Shield Premier Division
Whittingham & Goosnargh 68
Longridge CC 1st 69/4
Longridge returned to Chipping Road looking to continue their good run of recent form.
Opening pair of Greenall and Wilkinson Snr bowled tightly, with Wilkinson picking up the first wicket (Imran Jethva) for 0. Greenall was also soon in on the action, he had number three batsman Masood caught behind by wicket keeper Helm for 7. Wickets fell at regular intervals throughout the Whittingham innings with no batsmen showing any resistance in what was a very poor showing as they were bowled out for just 68.
Dan Wilkinson Snr the pick of the bowlers claiming 5 for 35 off his 14 overs. Captain Ian Simpson also finished with impressive figures of 6.4 overs 3 maidens 3 wickets for 11 runs in his new role of first change bowler.
Longridge went out to bat with every reason to be confident of knocking the lowly target of 69 off pretty quickly. Opener John Simpson was clean bowled for just 3 by opening bowler Sheeraz Polli when a bowl that pitched half way down the track kept invariably low. Tom Howarth (20 not out) and Vincent Wilkinson (7 not out) saw Longridge comfortably past their target with just 19 overs gone, securing the maximum 12 points possible in the process.
Palace Shield Division One
Penwortham 2nd 143/9
Longridge 2nd 144/5
Longridge opened their attack with pace bowlers Jamie Coulston and Olly Lewis and were rewarded in just the second over with Coulston having the opening batsman caught at gully. The skipper changed both bowlers after the 14th and immediately control was brought back to the visiting side, Wilkinson rewarded with 3 wickets during his 11 over spell. The opening pair were brought back on and they took another couple of wickets but despite two runouts Longridge failed to take all 10 wickets as Penwortham finished on 143 thanks mainly to no less than four catches being grassed.
Accordingly the Longridge reply was positive and despite losing Olly Pye early the runs came freely as Andrew Kenyon smashed the ball to all parts of the ground whilst he was ably supported by James Fairclough. The run chase was going well before Kenyon first was caught out for 45.
There were breaks in play as the match was interrupted by showers which threatened to ruin the chances of Longridge successfully knocking off the target. In-form Fairclough had other ideas and with every rain break came an increase in his determination to knock the runs off and with help first from Mullen (14) and then the skipper Wilkinson (19 not out) he finished the game off in the 29th over to end up unbeaten on 55 with just 10 minutes left before the cut off time.
Palace Shield Division Two
Longridge 3rd 189/9
Thornton Cleveleys 2nd 159
The third team looked to register a league double over a resurgent Thornton Cleveleys 2nd XI. They got the perfect start by winning the toss and batted first without hesitation. After the early loss of Jamieson there was an excellent second wicket partnership between Andrew Simpson and Tom Wood. When they both fell along with Hawkes and Keighley there were signs of trouble at 90 for 5.
Top scorer was Douglas with 38 and number 10 Will Baines who scored 28 off the last three overs of the innings before being dismissed.
Cleveleys set about their target in aggressive manner and at 90 for 3 the game was on a knife-edge. A clutch of wickets then fell under Douglas and Baines as well as another run out. Douglas had to be replaced after a string of beamers Richmond was dispatched for 3 sixes. Richmond held his nerve though to bowl him next ball and Longridge won by 30 runs.