Daniel Wilkinson on song to help keep Longridge top of Palace Shield

Daniel Wilkinson of Longridge
Daniel Wilkinson of Longridge

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.