Longridge piled on the runs to beat Great Eccleston and stay top of the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield. They scored 291-6 in the 154-run win at Chipping Road. Daniel Wilkinson’s knock of 70 and an unbeaten 53 from Tom Howarth were the two big scores of the innings. But solid scoring around them pushed the scoreboard along – six other batsmen making double figures.
In reply, Great Eccleston were bowled out for 137 in 38.3 overs. Phil Booth top-scored for the visitors with 54, the knock adding to four wickets he had taken earlier in the day. Ian Simpson took 4-49 and Rory McDowell 3-36.
Lancaster are only six points behind Longridge and the sides meet in a fortnight. They maintained their push at the top end with a big win over Torrisholme. After putting 257-8 on the board, Lancaster bowled out their visitors for just 63 to give them a 194-run victory. Charlie Swarbrick hit 74 and Samuel Moorby 45 not out as Lancaster made full use of batting first. Lee Sparks and skipper Ben Simm both got scores in their 20s further down the order. Torrisholme had a torrid time with the bat, with their innings over in 28.2 overs. Jack Heap (21) and Daniel Woods (15) were the only visitors to make double figures. Simm did much of the damage with fine figures of 5-10, with Charlie Swarbrick taking 3-22.
Croston, in third place, went down to defeat against Kendal at Shap Road. They lost by seven wickets in Cumbria, with them 133 all out after electing to bat first. Sam Marsh hit 27 and Jake Parsons an unbeaten 21. Kendal chased down their target inside 25 overs, putting 134-3 on the board.
Vernon Carus and New Longton fought out a close clash at Factory Lane, with Vernons winning by six runs. Asked to bat first, Vernons were 214-8 in 45 overs, Paul Chapman top scoring with a knock of 51. Jamie Rigby scored 45 and Ian Dunn 27 in a competitive total. In reply, New Longton were 208 all out, losing their last wicket to the penultimate ball. Two visiting players got half-centuries, Husein Yusuf hitting 58 off 51 balls and Lee Bolton’s 50 including eight fours. There were three wickets apiece for Matthew Timms and Hadley Geirart.
Penwortham won their home clash with Thornton Cleveleys by three wickets. Neil Patel’s 5-49 helped them bowl out the visitors for 160, Ashley Billington taking three wickets. In reply, Penwortham were 164-7, Patel completing a good day by top-scoring with an unbeaten 33. Eccleston lost to South Shore, Daniel Jardine hitting 92 for the visitors.
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Chorley Cricket Club have unearthed two more junior stars after emerging duo Louis Johnson and Alfie Dobson proved they are ones to watch. Johnson, 13 and Dobson, 12 played key roles in Chorley third team’s 157-run win over Wrea Green’s second team. Johnson hit his first senior century, notching 104, while Dobson hit 89 as Chorley posted 324-3 batting first. That mammoth total gave Wrea Green no chance as they finished on 167-6. The Open University – Your Time Is Now Get the degree you want, but on your own time with The Open University Sponsored by the Open University Chorley Cricket Club committee member Oliver Smith expects the duo, who have both already represented Lancashire in their age groups, to rise through to the first team. He said: “I have no doubt they are both destined to go on and play for the first team in the coming years probably sooner rather than later. “They have both come through the junior set-up at the club which is thriving. “Last year Louis made his senior debut for the thirds and went on to play a few second team games at the back end of the season.
“He has progressed on that this year. “Alfie is only 12 and you have to be 13 to play senior cricket but if you play for your county you are allowed to play at 12 because you have got the ability. “This is his first season in senior cricket. “It is only his fourth game for the thirds so for him to have an immediate impact is very pleasing for the club and the two lads as well. “They have got a lot talent. Playing senior cricket at this age is only going to help them develop. “They are going to be playing against men who have played the sport for 25-plus years. “They have both got bags of ability and they are certainly two to watch.” The duo are not the only youngsters making waves at Chorley with first team bowler Ed Moulton yet to hit his 20s and a number of other promising players littered through the senior sides. And Smith says it is something the club is proud of. He said: “The junior scene at the club is thriving. “From Saturday’s third team there are only four players over the age of 19. “That shows how promising it is that you have got people of all ages ranging from 19 to 12 all playing and making up a key part of our team. “In the twos and ones there are players that have developed too with some still under 19. “It is what the club prides itself on really. “It’s about giving them the right chances in the relevant team but not rushing them.” “They have all had the right experience at the right team and gone up. “Each time they do go up they progress.”
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The player of the month for June is Saeed Bariwala of Kendal who took 18 wickets in the five games as well as scoring 88 runs as his side started to climb the Premier League table.
Team of the month for June is New Longton 2nd XI from Division 3 who won all 5 games with the maximum possible 60 points.Read more...
A brilliant unbeaten century by Zac Christie set Longridge up for their 10th win of the summer at South Shore on Saturday.
The current Moore and Smalley Palace Shield Premier Division leaders were far too strong for the men from Mad Nook, winning by a huge 161 runs.
Opener Christie, who struck 106, was given excellent support Neil Holden (36), Daniel Wilkinson Junior (44) and James Whitehead (59 not out) as the visitors closed on a colossal 266-3.
In reply, Matt Greenall took 5-39 as South Shore were bowled out for 105 inside 23 overs. Hassan Pazeer top scored with 39.
Second-placed Lancaster remain firmly on the coat-tails of Longridge after crushing Thornton Cleveleys by 207 runs. After winning the toss at Illawalla, Brendan Hetherington’s men piled on the runs with Charlie Swarbrick smashing two sixes and 12 fours in a brilliant 56-ball knock of 80.
Hetherington himself hit a superb half-century while Elliot Mason finished unbeaten on 40. In reply, the home side were shot out for a paltry 86 off 21 overs – with Swarbrick showcasing his all-round ability, taking 6-32.
Croston remain in the promotion picture after they enjoyed an eight-wicket win at home to Eccleston. The visitors had first use of the track and posted a competitive 157 all out, with Tom Langshaw (51 not out) the mainstay. Sam Marsh and Callum McIlveen both took three wickets. Marsh then struck an unbeaten run-a-ball 62 to guide Croston to victory inside 37 overs. Adam Sexton hit 40 and Ian Dickinson was 33 not out.
Vernon Carus are up to fifth in the table but only after being made to work hard by bottom side Torrisholme at Boundary Meadow. After winning the toss and electing to bat first, the visitors were in all sorts of trouble after being reduced to 54-6 thanks to an inspired spell of bowling from Callum Steel (6-36) However, a timely unbeaten half-century from Paul Chapman Junior helped Vernons close on 179-9. Torrisholme were reduced to 14-4 in their reply, but Joel Stewart’s 38 combined with a couple of decent partnerships gave them hope although they were eventually all out for 160.
Kendal enjoyed a fine 63-run win over Great Eccleston at Hall Lane. Ryan Shepherd top-scored with 42 as the visitors closed on 214-9. In reply, Great Ecc were all out for 151 with Saeed Bariwala taking 6-25.
In the final match of the weekend, New Longton enjoyed an emphatic 74-run win over Penwortham. Robbie Sumner (50) and Thomas Wilson (5-31) impressed in a losing cause.Read more...
Croston v Penwortham or South Shore
Longridge v Kendal
Whittingham & G v Torrisholme or Longridge 2nds
Leyland 2nds v Blackpool 2nds
South Shore 2nds v Fleetwood 3rds
Garstang 3rds v Vernon Carus 3rds or Fulwood & B 3rds