Longridge loss is a Dunn deal

James Whitehead was dismissed early in Longridges defeat against Vernon Carus on Saturday
James Whitehead was dismissed early in Longridges defeat against Vernon Carus on Saturday

Moore and Smalley Palace Shield Premier Division leaders Vernon Carus proved too strong for Longridge when the two sides met on Saturday.

A strong bowling display was key to Vernon Carus’ victory as they were successful by seven wickets.

Having won the toss and put Longridge into bat first, Vernon Carus enjoyed a strong start with the ball.

James Whitehead (4), Tom Howarth (6) and Luke Platt (0) were all dismissed cheaply.

Joshua McDowell (21) and Neil Holden (20) staged a mini-recovery before Matthew Timms accounted for the former and a runout saw the latter on his way.

James Fairclough (10), Alex Mason (0) and skipper Kyle Helm (13) followed before Ian Simpson (27 not out) and Matt Greenall (17 not out) took Longridge to 135-8 at the end of their 45 overs.

The wickets were shared around the Vernon Carus attack with Timms taking 3-40, Ben Llewellin 2-56 and David Fisher 2-16.

In reply, Simpson got the better of Fisher (9) but Ian Dunn (48 not out) and Wes Royle (45) were the standout contributors in Vernon Carus’ reply.

Greenall (1-32) accounted for Royle, while Simpson dismissed James McDonagh (19) on his way to figures of 2-40.

However, Dunn was joined by James Fiddler, who ended unbeaten on 14 as Vernon Carus reached their target in the 35th over, finishing on 139-3.

Victory saw them gain 11 points, leaving Longridge with only two as they stand fifth in the table.