Simpsons star with bat and ball in cup tie

John Simpson
John Simpson

Longridge 1st XI 178-7

BAC/EE Preston 1st XI 159-8

Longridge won by 19 runs

Sunday saw Longridge 1st XI start their Meyler Cup campaign with a home tie against fellow Premier Division side BAC/EE Preston.

Skipper Simpson lost the toss and was put into bat with the visitors hoping for a similar collapse to the day before!

Wilkinson Jnr (33) and John Simpson (12) made a decent start for the home side but once again there was little support from the rest of the top order.

In fact it was left to the captain Ian Simpson (61) and his brother Andy Simpson (31) to rescue the Longridge innings as they upped the scoring rate in the last 15 overs to produce a credible total of 178 from the allotted 40 overs.

Ian Simpson and Will Baines opened the bowling for the home side as BAC looked to make a good start. Simpson removed David Steinson for 8 and Baines had Eddie Steinson caught for 14 to peg back the visitors.

Jamie Skeoch and John McKeever looked to take the game away from Longridge but a change of bowling resulted in Skeoch being stumped by Kyle Helm for 18 before Max Nelson ran out McKeever. The introduction of Neil Holden’s spin into the attack dried up the runs and wickets started to fall at regular intervals to prevent BAC from building a match-winning partnership. Longridge held their nerve to squeeze into the next round thanks to excellent all round contributions from Ian and Andy Simpson who added to their solid batting with two wickets each with the ball.