Six out of six on a glorious weekend for Longridge

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Longridge 2nd XI entertained Fulwood & Broughton at Chipping Road looking for a second home win of the season.

The home side were soon toiling as the visitors scored freely. Will Baines made the vital breakthrough removing Kippax for 19 but runs kept coming as F&B threatened to post a match-winning score.

A double bowling change made the difference though, as Andy Simpson and Tom Howarth were brought into the attack. Simpson removed the dangerous Munawar for 52 and wickets started to tumble. Skipper Wilkinson supported his bowlers with two quick run outs and Howarth cleaned up the tail to restrict the visitors to 168-9 off 45 overs after being 114-3 at one stage.

Clearly buoyed by their comeback the opening batsmen confidently set about their total putting on 84 for the first wicket as Jamieson fell for 50.

Fellow opener Tom Howarth picked up where his partner left off, and after a slight wobble leaving the home side 105-3, he produced a match-winning partnership of 68 with Andy Simpson (24*) to finish on 82 not out, and was named man of the match.

Over the road, the 3rd XI were at home to Eccleston 2nd XI and skipper Richmond was delighted to win the toss and bat first on a track that looked excellent for scoring runs.

Openers Oliver Pye and Matt Simpson patiently reached 50 before both batsmen started to find the boundary and built an impressive stand of 162. Simpson was stumped trying to accelerate the score. Pye remained resolute batting with ease and scoring freely. He breezed through the 90s for an enthralling century, the first of his career. Longridge amassed 195-1 at tea and took the field in confident mood.

Eccleston lost a couple of early wickets as Denby struck and the visitors looked in trouble at 9-2.

Thomas Charnley and Tom Potter then built a partnership that threatened to take the game away from Longridge until Charnley lost concentration and was stumped for 30.

Potter pushed on but felt the pressure to score runs as he perished to Douglas.

Longridge bowled well as a unit with Richmond and Douglas picking up wickets, a sharp run out by Keighley off his own bowling combined with pressure death bowling by Denby saw the home side home.

Everyone chipped in and Richmond was delighted with the result but the day belonged to Pye and his maiden century.

The 4th XI also produced a fine display away at Croston with skipper Ian Hobro and Rob Calderbank taking three wickets each as the home side were skittled for 88.

In reply youngster, Alex Mason (30) provided a mid order match winning partnership with Andy Barr (27*) to see Longridge record a four- wicket victory.

With the 5th team also beating Anchersholme on Sunday in the Fylde League it meant a fantastic six wins out of six for Longridge over the weekend.