Thirds hammer Great Eccleston to stay top

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Longridge 3rd XI 300-1

Great Eccleston 3rd XI 191 all out

Longridge won by 109 runs

Stand-in skipper Ian Hobro won the toss in the sunshine and had no hesitation in batting first on a perfect day for cricket.

Ian Barton and Tom Wood took to the crease and in no time at all stated their intent to score freely.

The Great Eccleston bowlers had no answer to Barton and Woods’ onslaught as they passed 50, then 100 for the first wicket, with a mixture of good running and boundaries.

Wood and Barton both went on to make individual 50s as the visitors passed 200 for the opening stand as Wood raced to his century. Barton was bowled by Butt for a magnificent 82 having returned to the top of the order but Wood continued to score with ease. Hawkes supported him well and the pair pushed the Longridge total to 300 for 1 at tea, Hawkes finishing with 34 not out. But the day belonged to Tom Wood with an amazing 160 not out including nine sixes and 18 fours.

After tea, Great Eccelston lost an early wicket as Oliver Lewis made the early break through.

Swale and Alder tried to keep up with the scoring rate but both fell to Douglas who has been the most effective bowler for Longridge this season. The home side battled admirably but never got into the game and when stand-in spinner Matt Simpson was brought on for his first spell of the season he sent a timely reminder to the skipper mopping up the tail with three wickets.

He finished with 3-12 and Dan Douglas another fine haul of 4-39 as Longridge picked up another 12 points on their travels.