Longridge’s cup run is ended

Warren Hegg during his playing days for Lancashire
Warren Hegg during his playing days for Lancashire
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Longridge’s great run in the ECB National Knockout is over after they were beaten by Bamford Fieldhouse.

They lost by 54 runs in the last-16 clash at Chipping Road, the visiting Bamford side from the Greater Manchester Cricket League featuring 
ex-England wicketkeeper Warren Hegg and former Lancashire batsman Paddy McKeown.

Bamford won the toss and chose to bat, putting 195-9 on the board in 45 overs.

Hegg, who played two Tests against Australia, struck a half-century off 86 balls before being trapped leg before by Alex Mason.

Ian Simpson claimed 4-43, including McKeown’s wicket, with Mason taking 2-61.

In reply, Longridge lost three early wickets with just 10 runs on the board, leaving them with plenty to do.

Luke Platt’s arrival at the crease was to give them hope, with him hitting 75 – including nine fours – off 71 deliveries.

Mason joined him in the middle to add 24 before Platt was last man out.

Longridge, of the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield, had beaten three Northern League sides – Morecambe, Chorley and Leyland – as well as Bolton League outfit Eagley on their march to the national stages of the tournament.

Meanwhile, the Northern League programme on Saturday was hit by the weather, with only two of the six games finished.

Blackpool won their clash with Darwen at Stanley Park, the result sending them to the top of the table.

They replaced Leyland whose visit to Preston was abandoned before the second innings could start.

A powerful knock of 73 from Daryl Mitchell, including five sixes and four fours, helped Blackpool put 213-6 on the board after they were put in to bat by visitors Darwen.

Andy Furniss added 44 and Joshua Boyne an unbeaten 32.

Darwen were bowled out for 124 in reply, David Bowden their top scorer with 31.

The wickets were shared between the Blackpool attack, Daniel Pile posting 4-22, Boyne 3-14 and Mitchell 2-25.

Leyland would have fancied their chances of victory over Preston after bowling them out for 83 at West Cliff.

Skipper David Makinson took 5-21, with Karl Cross and Will Jacques claiming two wickets each.

Only Mustafa Durrani in the Preston side made it into double figures, scoring 32.

Leyland did not get the chance to start their reply, rain forcing an abandonment.

Fleetwood picked up 11 points from a drawn game with Barrow at Broadwater.

They then won the Northern League’s T20 final on Sunday, beating Darwen by five wickets.