Longridge CC bow out in brave fashion

Ian Simpson sends down another delivery on Sunday
Ian Simpson sends down another delivery on Sunday
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Longridge CC are now looking to kick on for the rest of the season after seeing their cup odyssey come to an end on Sunday.

Kyle Helm’s team bowed out in round five of this season’s ECB National Club Championship with a 54-run defeat against Bamford Fieldhouse.

The Greater Manchester Cricket League outfit are a good side, boasting former England internationals, county cricketers, Minor Counties representatives and even someone who had represented Jamaica.

It was former Lancashire and England wicketkeeper Warren Hegg (50) who top-scored in Bamford’s innings of 195-9 with the day’s sole half-century.

Grant Jones gave him good support with a knock of 39, while another former Lancashire batsman, Paddy McKeown, made 19.

He was one of four wickets for Longridge bowler Ian Simpson as they faced chasing down a decent score but one which was within their reach given the batting at their disposal.

However, they were left to play catch-up after being reduced to 10-3 in reply.

Although Luke Platt made a magnificent 75, he was the last man out with Longridge dismissed for 141.

A club spokesman said: “It has to be said that it has been a massive achievement to get to the last 16 club sides in the country.

“To have beaten three of the top five sides in the Northern League, including current champions Morecambe, shows the standing of the club – and the Palace Shield – relative to the rest of Lancashire and the future is most definitely bright for the club.”

Following the first XI’s Sunday in the spotlight, the second and third teams have Loxham and Crabtree Cup semi-finals taking place this Sunday (1.30pm).

n Turn to page 55 for a fuller report of Sunday’s match.