Longridge CC end the season with silver success

Longridge CC brought down the curtain on their 2020 season with cup final victory at Kendal on Saturday.

Tuesday, 22nd September 2020, 8:00 am
Longridge CC's James Whitehead

Nick Wilkinson’s players claimed an eight-run win at Shap Road in the elite level silver final for Northern League and Palace Shield clubs.

Bowlers from both sides dominated in what was a low-scoring final as Longridge opted to bat first and were dismissed for 123 with five balls of their innings remaining.

They had started well with openers Kyle Helm and Luke Platt putting on 31 for the first wicket.

Helm’s departure for 16 triggered a loss of five wickets for 27 runs as Longridge fell to 58-5.

John Simpson departed without scoring, quickly followed by Josh Holden (8), Platt (21) and Zac Christie (3).

That left Longridge needing to rebuild in the second half of their innings with the lower order needing to chip in with runs.

A number of small but vital partnerships took them past three figures, even if only two more batters reached double figures.

Daniel Wilson (5), Ian Simpson (8) and Wilkinson (1) all fell to leave them 97-8 before top-scorer James Whitehead (27) was out seven runs later.

The last pair of Jon Millward (eight not out) and Rory McDowell (10) added 19 before the latter was out to Kuldeep Singh (4-19).

In reply, Holden and Millward were among the wickets as Kendal fell to 25-3.

That was the signal for Ben Phillips and Yuvrav Chhabra to hand Kendal the initiative with a stand of 54 for the fourth wicket.

McDowell ended that with the dismissal of Chhabra, followed by the exit of Phillips for the day’s top score of 46.

That left Kendal 92-5 but the Longridge attack smelled blood and ran through the middle and lower orders.

Including Phillips, the last six wickets fell for 23 runs as Kendal collapsed to 115 all out.

Ian Simpson sent back Saeed Bariwala and Harry Lee in three balls to make it 95-7.

Helm then ran out Joseph Dodds and Ian Simpson dismissed Richard Dakin with Kendal 104-9 and relying on their last pair of Singh and Matthew Park.

They had added 11 when McDowell gave Longridge the trophy by bowling Singh (8).

He finished with figures of 3-24, while Ian Simpson took 3-22, Holden 2-37 and Millward 1-11.