Juniors revel in best ever season

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Longridge Cricket Club’s junior section has enjoyed one of the best seasons in its history.

The Under-12 were crowned Palace Shield champions while the Under-11s and Under-14s both won their respective cup competitions.

Incredibly, the Under-12s are unbeaten in 40 games over the past three years.

Individually, Dan Wilson was selected for Lancashire and five of the team represented the Ribble Valley District side. Seven also played for the league’s representative side.

Meanwhile, on Palace Shield finals day at Lytham Cricket Club, the Under-11s overcame the host club, while the Under-13s defeated Blackpool CC

The first final was the Under-11s which was pairs cricket with both teams starting on 200 runs and each wicket deducts five runs from the total.

The Longridge squad of Zachary Procter (Capt), Lewis Garstang (wk), William Vause, Jake Durnell, Max Seedall, Sam Wignall, Sam Dawson, Jonny Colyer, Lewis Jackson, Jonathan Parkinson, Henry Procter and Joseph Riding set a very impressive total of 337 from their 20 overs,

Maxwell Seedall (41) and Sam Wignall (26) starred with the bat, but everyone contributed with only four wickets falling to leave a daunting net score of 317for Lytham to chase.

The hosts’ innings got off to a slow start thanks to the discipline of the Longridge bowlers and some fine work in the field. Wickets tumbled as the home side had to play some shots and the target set by Longridge never looked in doubt.

Nine wickets had fallen by the close of the innings which deducted 45 runs from their total of 297-9 leaving a net score of 252.

Procter led by example taking 4-13 from his three overs while Sam Dawson, Sam Wignall, Jonathan Colyer and Henry Procter all chipped in with a valuable wicket too.

The whole team have worked together all summer and fully deserved their victory to cap a fine summer which also saw them add the Lancashire League Cup.

In addition, Procter represented Lancashire and no less than six of the side represented the Ribble Valley District.

The Under 13s final took place after lunch and the format is traditional 11-a-side cricket.

A Longridge squad of Jacob Procter (capt), Archie Smith (wk), Dan Mason, Tobias Stewart, Ethan Edmundson, Natalie Kaye, Thomas Douglas, Reece Rhodes, Josh Blackhurst, Daniel Wilson, Harvey Vause and Zachary Procter took to the field and started well.

Kaye scored a fine 17 before Wilson retired with 31.

Vause (18) and Mason (17) looked to have taken the game away from Blackpool as Longridge posted 123-6 from their 20 overs.

In reply Blackpool captain Owen Webb smashed a fantastic 30 to retire but no other batsman could reach double figures.

Once again the Longridge attack was miserly and devastating as they tightened their grip on proceedings.

Balckpool were restricted to 49-8 with Mason taking 4-9 from his ree overs and procter, Wilson and Vause all taking a wicket each.

Once again their stunning victory capped a fine summer with everyone playing their part over the course of the season which also saw them claim the Lancashire League Cup and reach the semi -finals of the Lancashire Cup pairs competition.

Many members of the team have broken into senior cricket sides Wilson was selected for Lancashire, five represented the Ribble Valley District side and seven played for the Palace Shield representative side.

All the juniors players are looking forward to the presentation evening on Friday night.