Leaders Longridge go to bottom club

Tom Howarth hit a half-century for Longridge last weekend
Tom Howarth hit a half-century for Longridge last weekend

Top plays bottom in the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield, with Longridge looking to maintain their title push.

The leaders make the trip to Torrisholme’s Boundary Meadow who prop up the table after winning only one of their 12 league games this summer.

Contrast that form with Longridge who can boast 11 wins from 12.

But there will not be any sense of complacency in the leaders’ ranks when they head up the M6.

Longridge have Lancaster breathing down their necks, the Lune Road outfit just six points behind them.

Intriguingly, Longridge and Lancaster meet a week tomorrow at Chipping Road.

Keeping his focus on the clash with Torrisholme, Longridge bowler Ian Simpson said: “It’s one of those games where we have to go and put in a good performance.

“We can’t take them lightly so we have to treat each game on its merits, bowl in the right areas and we’ll hopefully get the rewards from doing that.”

Longridge were in a fine form with the bat and ball last week as they recorded victory over Great Eccleston.

They put 291-6 on the board, helped by a knock of 73 from Daniel Wilkinson and Tom Howarth’s unbeaten half-century.

Great Ecc were then bowled out for 137, four wickets claimed by Simpson and three by Rory McDowell.

“We are pleased it isn’t the same person scoring all the runs week in, week out,” said Simpson.

“We’re sharing the runs around and you can’t really moan when you put 291 on the board in 45 overs can you?”

Lancaster have a tough test at third-placed Croston, the Westhead Road clash a chance for Croston to close the gap.