A Great day for the Longridge CC batters

Longridge won again at the weekend
Longridge won again at the weekend

Longridge CC enjoyed a day in the sun thanks to their 154-run defeat of Great Eccleston on Saturday.

As in recent weeks, it was their batsmen who laid the foundation for the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield Premier Division leaders.

Having seen their visitors choose to field first at Newsham, Longridge took advantage of that decision by compiling 291-6 from their 45 overs.

Despite losing opener Kyle Helm (11) cheaply, Longridge saw Neil Holden (28) and Zac Christie (21) stage a recovery before their middle order took centre stage.

Daniel Wilkinson Jnr top-scored with 70, well supported by Josh Mullin (34) and skipper Nick Wilkinson (27).

Tom Howarth ended 53 not out and Ian Simpson was 12 not out as Phil Booth took figures of 4-90 from 15 overs.

Great Eccleston may have conceded 35 extras but, even without them, they would have struggled to reach their target.

William Turnbull (3) was an early dismissal when he was run out by Mullin.

Fellow opener Matthew Moat made 13 before he was out to Matt Greenall, followed by Will Thistlethwaite (13) and Robert Swale (20).

Kal Umerji (4) was another batsman out in single figures, a fate which befell most of their remaining batters.

The sole exception was Booth, who followed up his earlier wickets with a half-century before he was caught by Wilkinson off Simpson for 54.

That was as good as it got for Great Eccleston as Simpson accounted for Jeremy Whittle (0) and Elliot Wright (5).

Rory McDowell dismissed Kusham Mirando (0) and Phil Harvey (3) as Great Eccleston were all out for 137 in the 39th over.

Simpson took the bowling honours with 4-49 while McDowell claimed 3-36.