Longridge CC bowl over opponents to claim a final berth
Longridge CC are one step away from success after reaching their final in this year’s competition for Northern League and Palace Shield clubs.
Nick Wilkinson’s players progressed into the final of the elite level’s silver competition following a 56-run victory against Great Eccleston on Saturday.
Having won the toss at Newsham, Longridge elected to bat first and were all out for 129 with two balls remaining of their 40 overs.
Openers Kyle Helm (12) and Luke Platt (28) got starts before falling victim to Jim Procter and Phil Booth respectively.
The latter also accounted for James Whitehead (4), Joe Davies dismissed John Simpson (6) and Josh Holden (4), while Salar Butt sent back Zac Christie (6) as the rest of Longridge’s top order fell cheaply.
The middle order rallied, however, with Dan Wilson hitting 30 and Ian Simpson 12.
The latter fell to Alexander Rhodes (12) before Will Procter wrapped up the Longridge innings by dismissing Wilson, Wilkinson (6) and Jon Millward (4) to claim 3-16.
Any hopes Great Eccleston had of victory were swept away in reply as they were all out for 73 with almost eight overs remaining.
Holden dismissed Matthew Moat (1) early on with fellow opener Salman Munshi (7) run out.
However, it was Ian Simpson and Rory McDowell who did the rest of the damage.
Ian Simpson picked up the wickets of Richard Booth (7), Butt (0), Rhodes (0) and Reza Hussain (0) for figures of 4-13.
McDowell dismissed Davies (15), Chris Saunders (13) and Phil Booth (1) before sealing victory with the wicket of Will Procter (11) to end with 4-20.
They now meet Kendal in the final on Saturday after they defeated Lancaster by 24 runs in their semi-final.