Victory is a Shore thing for Longridge CC

Longridge bowler Jon Millward
Longridge bowler Jon Millward
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Longridge CC’s batters laid the foundation as they remained top of the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield Premier Division at the weekend.

They made it 10 wins from 11 matches this season thanks to a 161-run demolition of South Shore at Mad Nook.

After winning the toss and choosing to bat first, Longridge skipper Nick Wilkinson saw his side rattle up 266-3 from their 45 overs.

Their batting was led by opener Zac Christie, who carried his bat to finish 106 not out.

Fellow opener Neil Holden enjoyed a good start with 36 before becoming the first of Neil Ashford’s two wickets, caught behind by Ryan Adderley.

The second arrived in the same manner when Josh Mullin (4) was out, bringing Daniel Wilkinson Jnr to the crease.

He weighed in with 44 before becoming Adderley’s third victim, stumping him off the bowling of Moshin Valimula.

However, Longridge piled on further misery for the South Shore attack with James Whitehead hitting an undefeated 59 as they posted a formidable target.

It was one that proved beyond the South Shore batters as they wilted in the face of the Longridge attack.

Jonathan Millward saw off opener Daniel Jardine and Ashley Perera was run out, both without scoring, while Max Cowell-Makin (6) also departed cheaply.

Luke Jardine (14), Ali Haider (0) and Valimula (6) were also dismissed as South Shore looked to be heading for a low total.

That they made it to three figures was down to Hassan Pazeer, who top-scored with 36 before he was the last man out with South Shore all out for 105.

Matt Greenall led the Longridge attack with 5-39, Millward took 2-24, while Simpson and Tom Howarth both ended with 1-17.