Longridge 2nd XI 146 All Out
Croston 1st XI 94 All Out
On a warm day with increasing cloud cover Longridge won the toss and decided to bat.
But Howarth was bowled without scoring by Marsh, then Driver bowled Jamieson and Joyce to leave Longridge in trouble at 31-3.
James Fairclough and young Josh Mullin steadied the ship, and at 80-3 things were starting to look more positive until a flurry of wickets saw Mullin fall LBW for 29 to Marsh and Fairclough LBW for 22 to Caunce. Wilkinson fell for a duck and Longridge were 86-6.
Two more quick wickets and at 93-8 an early finish loomed, however Alec Hough set about the Croston attack, supported by Baines and Jones who defended resolutely. Hough eventually fell for 44 and at tea Longridge had reached 144 all out.
Will Baines was given the new ball and struck in the first over. He removed Sexton, then Marsh to leave Croston 28-3.
Tom Howarth was brought into the attack and also found instant success removing Marsh for just two and with two more quick wickets for the devastating Baines, Croston were on the ropes at 54-6 with Baines picking up back to back 5 wicket hauls.
It got worse for the visitors as Baines took his 6th wicket. A brief spell of calm saw Croston creep to 73 before Howarth picked up two more wickets.
Jones came into the attack and picked up a caught and bowled off just his third ball to wrap up the game. Baines finished with 6-53 from 18 overs and Howarth 3-15 from 12.
Kirkham & Wesham 2nd XI 135-9
Longridge 3rd XI 136-4
It was top versus fourth at Longridge as the third team welcomed Kirkham and Wesham 2nd XI.
Douglas and Riding again opened the bowling for Longridge and two early wickets for Douglas including a sharp catch from Andrew Simpson Jnr had the visitors in trouble.
Boardman and Moore put on 50 for the third wicket before Livesey stumped Boardman off the bowling of Richmond.
Simpson Jnr came into the attack and the combination of his pace and Richmond’s spin saw Kirkham slump from 60-3 to 114-9. Mirawala added 15 in a late cameo that pushed the visitors on to 135-9 at tea.
Richmond was the star with 5-36 from 15 overs and both Douglas and Simpson Jnr picked up two wickets each.
Joe Livesey opened the batting with Matthew Hawkes and when both openers fell cheaply to Mirawala, Longridge were 13-2.
Procter fell cheaply to leave the leaders 29-3. However Alan Simpson picked off singles while Andrew Simpson Jnr took the game to Kirkham as the pair put on 50 before Alan Simpson was caught for 16. With a further 50 needed Tom Charnley joined Simpson Jnr. Simpson brought up his 50 and Charnley continued his onslaught with a six and then consecutive fours.
Longridge reached their target with 10 overs to spare as Simpson Jnr finished unbeaten on 69 and Charnley 35 not out. Eleven points out of a possible 12 has seen the third team move 24 points clear at the top of Division 3.
Whittle & Clayton Le Woods 2nd XI 114 All Out
Longridge 4th XI 117-7
Longridge got back to winning ways with a win away at Whittle & Clayton Le Woods.
Rob Calderbank did the damage with 3-12 before Hobro mopped up the tail as he took 3-4 late on to seal maximum bowling points. In reply Longridge lost wickets at regular intervals but always kept well ahead of the required rate and passed the home side’s total with three wickets in hand after just 27 overs. The win sees Longridge take 3rd place in Division 5.
On Sunday the 5th Team were beaten in the final of the Wearing Trophy, their first defeat in the competition since the club joined the league. Longridge made 150 in their 40 overs and when the rain came The New Saints were 114-2 in the 22nd over so were awarded the game on a superior run rate.