WEEK 1 & 2 SENIOR UPDATE BY DAN DOUGLAS
The 1st team have enjoyed their start to the season picking up 3 wins out of 3. It didn’t look like it would be that way early in their innings against Rufford on the opening day. WIth 4 wickets down and only 38 on the board LCC were staring down the barrel of a disastrous loss. Fortunately Josh Mullin (50) and Tom Howarth (73*) stepped up and their partnership propelled Longridge to a healthy 181 for 9 on a tricky Chipping Road track. Rufford’s reply couldn’t have got off to a worse start with Greenall (5 for 13) ripping out the top order. With only two batsmen reaching double figures Rufford slipped to 71 all out and 12 points were secured.
The following day this seasons National Knockout campaign got underway against Westhoughton from the Bolton League. Batting first Longridge again got off to a poor start with Josh McDowell completing a weekend ‘pair’ as he was trapped LBW by a scuttler and Danny Wilkinson going the same way a partnership between Platt (80) and Christie (24) steadied the ship. Platt anchored the innings beautifully and as time went by became more and more expansive. The lower order chipped in a few each and Greenall even managed to hit one onto the golf club car park of the last delivery of the innings to leave Westhoughton 167 to win. Westhoughton’s reply hinged on their third wicket partnership. After an early leaping catch by Howarth and another wicket to Rory McDowell the only two batsmen to reach double figures got together. Atheron (46) in particular looked dangerous as he smashed the ball to all parts. When he was removed by Millward the innings fell apart somewhat though and though Houghton (59) gave his side some hope by spoiling Ian Simpsons figures a bit (4 for 26) he got no support and Westhoughton were dismissed for 154. Next up are Northern League side St. Annes on the 14th May.
This week the Firsts continued their perfect start to the season by taking 12 points from a trip to Great Eccleston. Fielding first LCC reduced Gt Ecc to just 129 all out with excellent bowling from all of the attack. Ian Simpson picked up the best figures with 3 for 21. LCC knocked them off with the minimum off fuss with Josh McDowell (The Mac is back) shrugging off last weeks troubles with an unbeaten 46 and Luke Platt continuing his good form with 53 not out. An excellent result against a team who would have fancied their chances of pushing for the title.
Player of the (2) weeks
Matt Greenall – 143 points