A batting lesson for Longridge CC

Longridge were victorious when they came up against Croston last weekend
Longridge were victorious when they came up against Croston last weekend
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Longridge bowler Ian Simpson believes Josh Mullin has set the template for their batters to follow this season.

Having endured an indifferent start to the season with the bat, the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield Premier Division leaders have impressed in the last fortnight.

A score of 234-5 from 45 overs against Thornton Cleveleys was followed by one of 185-5 from 31 overs against Croston last weekend.

Mullin produced the eye-catching performance against Thornton, making an undefeated 88 as everyone else batted around him in taking Longridge to a matchwinning total.

It’s a performance that Simpson has challenged the rest of the top order to match in helping them achieve their hope of winning the title and moving into the Northern League for 2019.

“People have been getting starts but then getting out in the 20s and 30s after doing all of the hard work,” Simpson said.

“Instead of that, Josh kept going against Cleveleys and, the more you do that, the easier it gets.

“They were tiring because it was a hot day but you can’t take anything away from Josh; that sort of innings is what we’re striving to do.”

If anything, however, it seems that the shortest form of the game has played a part in Mullin’s form after decent knocks in the Twenty20 competition.

“When the T20 comes around, we’ve found that a lot of batters use that as a net to get into some form,” Simpson said.

“Josh batted long the week before but it shows that, despite being a different game, you can transfer your skills.”