Longridge CC celebrate after snatching victory from the jaws of defeat
Ian Simpson believes he and his Longridge CC team-mates got out of jail somewhat in winning their cup final against Kendal at the weekend.
The two teams met in the elite level silver final in this year’s competition for Northern League and Palace Shield clubs.
Longridge had batted first at Shap Road, where they recovered to 123 all out after falling to 58-5.
Kendal looked set to claim victory when they reached 79-3 in reply, only to lose their last seven wickets for 36 runs in being dismissed for 115, giving Longridge victory by eight runs.
Simpson and Rory McDowell both picked up three wickets as Nick Wilkinson’s side ended a truncated year in winning fashion.
“I don’t know how they lost it,” was Simpson’s assessment of Saturday’s match.
“We thought we were slightly under par after we’d had a good start and then fell away in the middle overs.
“They bowled very well and then, when they batted, they were away and had pretty much won the match.
“Somehow, we got a few key wickets and then got into the lower order, took a few more wickets and in the end, we managed to win.”
In the build-up to the game, Simpson had admitted to being wary of a low-scoring match given some of the previous encounters between the two clubs.
“It looked like a track where we felt a score of 140 would have you in the game,” he said.
“Luckily, our tail wagged a little bit and we got to 123 but we always back ourselves as a bowling unit.
“It was all down to belief. We believe in our ability so, if you sum the day up, it was us bowling well and taking our chances.
“I think we took all our chances, apart from one sharp one, and kept applying pressure on them.
“If you do that, it’s hard to score runs, so we came out on the right end of the result and had a good day – and a good night!”