Longridge bowlers land the knockout punch

Alex Mason claimed a wicket in Longridge's victory over Leyland
Alex Mason claimed a wicket in Longridge's victory over Leyland
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Kyle Helm’s side emerged as eight-wicket winners against the Northern League leaders.

Leyland had won the toss and chosen to bat first but found it difficult.

Chris Parkinson (13) and Karl Cross (29) provided them with a solid start but it was the latter who was to prove Leyland’s top scorer as their innings fell away.

Andrew Makinson (13), Jacob Wright (14) and Richard Everett were their only other batsmen to reach double figures as they were all out for 115.

Longridge’s bowlers chipped away at the hosts’ batting line-up throughout, regularly taking wickets.

Rory McDowell claimed 3-30, Ian Simpson 2-41 and Matt Greenall 2-15 with a wicket apiece for Tom Howarth (1-16) and Alex Mason (1-11).

In reply, Longridge lost Joshua Mullin (0) and Tom Howarth (2) cheaply.

However, that was only a minor obstacle for Longridge as they reached their target in the 35th over without losing any further wickets.

Opener James Whitehead carried his bat for 48, hitting seven boundaries.

At the other end, Luke Platt struck eight boundaries in his unbeaten 52 as the wickets for Will Jacques (1-12) and Ross Bretherton (1-23) were the merest of consolations.

Victory means Longridge now host Bamford Fieldhouse of the Greater Manchester Cricket League on Sunday.