14 August 2018

Lindsay Hoyle

Sir Lindsay Hoyle MP has been named as the special guest for the opening night of Chorley Cricket Club’s annual beer festival.

The long-standing Chorley MP, who is also a club member, last year pulled the first #CCCBeerFestival pint and will again have the honours this year.

Kicking off a packed August Bank Holiday weekend will be Chorley Cricket Club XI vs. Palace Shield Representative XI in a 100 ball fixture starting at 6pm. Irish singer Paddy Ryan will also be performing from 9pm.  


Saturday sees Windsor Park play host to Chorley vs. Netherfield in the Northern Premier Cricket League, Connor Banks and Indie Pop duo Adam and Matt having the entertainment honours that evening.

The MCC Northern T20 Festival takes place on Sunday with games taking place at 11am, 2pm and 5pm. Two MCC teams along with an Lancashire Cricket Foundation team are all taking part in the round robin format and in the evening, returning for a third year is four-piece pop rock band, The Frequency.

Bank Holiday Monday sees yet more cricket as a Chorley CC XI take on Walton-le-Dale for the Mike Cuffin Memorial Cup. Monday is also drink up day with all festival ale £1 a pint.

A whole host of food outlets will be available on each night plus there’s also a Prosecco and outdoor cocktail bar.

Entry is free and there is a choice of 20 hand pulled cask ales along with six craft ciders.

Organiser Alex Howarth, said: “The #CCCBeerFestival has been a major club event for the past two years and we aim to make 2018 the biggest yet.

“We have some excellent cricket on show along with a vast amount of ales, ciders, Prosecco and cocktails! The beer festival is open to everybody and we all cannot wait for the first pint to be pulled at 6pm!”

For more information stay tuned to @ChorleyCC on Twitter or Chorley Cricket Club on Facebook.

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13 August 2018 Read 21 times


Longridge’s iron grip on top spot of the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield Premier Division is slipping.

Nick Wilkinson’s men were well beaten by Vernon Carus on Saturday, which means they are now just eight points clear of second-placed Lancaster and only 20 in front of in-form Kendal.

Vernons themselves still have an outside chance of gate-crashing the promotion party. They are in fifth – 18 points behind Lancaster.

In a rain-affected encounter, Longridge were always going to be up against after Vernons posted a sizeable 256-9 thanks to half-centuries from Christian Ash (55) and Ben Duerden (73). Matt Greenall took 4-70. Chasing a revised target of 211 off 37 overs, the home side were restricted to 148-7. Zac Christie scored 47, while Matthew Timms returned figures of 3-49.

Lancaster always looked destined for victory after removing Penwortham’s top three batsmen for ducks at Lune Road. Visiting skipper Ashley Billington’s 44 provided some respectability, but Pen were eventually dismissed for 85 off 27.4 overs. Ben Simm took 4-17 and Liam Moffat 3-23. Lancaster raced to victory in reply for the loss of three wickets inside 16 overs. Charlie Swarbrick struck an unbeaten 34.

With five games to go, third-placed Kendal will fancy one of those two promotion spots. Chris Miller (6-23) and Saeed Bariwala (3-34) kept Eccleston under a tight rein at Shap Road. Michael Atkinson struck 30, but the visitors were dismissed for 102. The home side eased to victory inside 25 overs, losing just three wickets in the process.

Fourth-placed Croston are still in with a shout of finishing in the top two, although their hopes took a big knock against South Shore at Old Emanuel School. After winning the toss, the visitors racked-up 223-9 with Daniel Jardine (71) starring with the bat. Jonathan Driver and Callum Mcilveen took four wickets apiece. Croston’s reply did not get off to the best of starts as they were reduced to 7-2. Mcilveen (30) and Ian Dickinson (26) provided some form of recovery but they were eventually dismissed for 173. Tyne Davis took 4-50 and Neil Ashford chipped-in with 3-50.

New Longton enjoyed an emphatic victory over Great Eccleston at Hall Lane. The visitors racked-up a huge 262 all out with Aidan Walsh (61) and Mohsin Modhi (63) the main runscorers. Peter Whittle (6-71) impressed with the ball. In reply, Great Ecc closed on 188-8. Stephen Yardley took 3-29.

Basement boys Torrisholme won the battle of the bottom two – getting the better of Thornton Cleveleys by four wickets. Jeff Stobbart took 4-21 to contain Cleveleys to 161 all out.

Read more at: https://www.lep.co.uk/sport/cricket/local-cricket/palace-shield-premier-division-round-up-longridge-defeat-blows-title-race-wide-open-1-9298759

12 August 2018 Read 49 times


Longridge have retained the Loxham Cup by beating Leyland at Victory Park, Chorley.

Longridge were put in to bat and scored 162 for 8 in their 40 overs

Kyle Helm top scored with 54 runs and James Fairclough scored 39

Michael Birchall took 3 wickets for 18 runs.

Leyland were contained by a collective tight bowling unit to 91 all out

With Tom Murray top scorer with 29

Daniel Wilson with 3 for 18 and Oliver Lewis with 5 for 9 being the pick

James Fairclough took 5 catches to go with his innings of 39.

The umpires Geoff Sheard & Paul Ellis awarded the Man of the Match to Oliver Lewis

Great hospitality by Chorley CC

10 August 2018 Read 77 times


Longridge chairman Ian Barton believes it’s high time the prestigious Palace Shield has pride of place in the club’s Chipping Road clubhouse.

It’s been 14 long years since the club won the league title but with just six games of this season left to play, they find themselves on top of the Premier Division – 17 points clear of second-placed Lancaster.

 Nick Wilkinson’s men are also huge favourites to seal promotion to the Northern league as they are 25 points ahead of third-placed Croston.
 Barton has been thrilled with the way his side have performed over the summer so far and he has called on the players to give it one last to get past the finishing post.
 He said: “As the chairman I am hoping we can finish in the top two and I would love us to win the title and bring the Palace Shield back to Longridge.

“We’ve not won it since 2004 and that’s a long time for a club like Longridge.

“We’ve had some very good players over the last few years but we’ve never managed to get over the line and win anything.

“We are in a great position at the moment. I think we have won 14 out 16, but there’s a still a lot of cricket left to play.”

Longridge suffered only their second league defeat of the season on Saturday – losing for the second time to Kendal.

This weekend they travel to play another promotion challenger in the shape of Vernon Carus.

Meanwhile, Longridge’s second XI are in the final of the Loxham Cup when they take on Leyland on Sunday.

10 August 2018 Read 53 times


Cricket fans will play a one day tournament to raise awareness of early intervention for cancer.

Omar Khan, from Preston United Youth Development Programme, came up with the idea to stage a cricket tournament to help engage with the black and minority ethnic community and raise the issue, particularly among BME men.

He said: “Cancer can be a taboo subject within black and ethnic minority communities, and especially men can find it hard to speak up and ask for help.

“We hope this event will bridge the gap and help them to talk about cancer. We don’t want any community to miss out when the help and support is there for them. “We want to highlight that prevention and early intervention is so important, and the sooner BME men get checked out the better, but we also want to stress that a cancer diagnosis is not the end of the world. “By staging this cricket tournament, we hope to get these communities together so they can talk to us and tell us what they want and need, whilst at the same time enjoying a great game of cricket.” #

Four teams from the Indian and Pakistani communities, as well as a side from Lancashire Teaching Hospitals and Macmillan Cancer Support, will go head-to-head in the tournament. It will take place at Preston Cricket Club in South Meadow Lane on Sunday, August 12. Play is due to start at 9.30am and finish at around 6pm.

Read more at: https://www.lep.co.uk/sport/cricket/cricket-tournament-in-preston-will-raise-awareness-of-cancer-1-9293219

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