Longridge edge closer to the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield title - full league round-up

John Simpson hit an unbeaten 27 in Longridge's win over Croston
John Simpson hit an unbeaten 27 in Longridge's win over Croston

Longridge took a step closer to securing the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield title thanks to a nine-wicket win over Croston.

With two matches to play, they have an 18-point lead at the summit and are 20 points clear of Kendal in third.

Tom Howarth took 4-9 as Longridge stayed on course for the Palace Shield title

Tom Howarth took 4-9 as Longridge stayed on course for the Palace Shield title

A strong bowling display gave them the foundations to beat Croston at Chipping Road.

Longridge bowled them out for 67 in 37.2 overs.

Tom Howarth returned figures of 4-9 from seven overs, with Daniel Wilson taking 3-6 and Matt Greenall 2-21.

In reply, Longridge chased down their target inside 20 overs, John Simpson hitting an unbeaten 27 as they closed on 71-1.

Lancaster's Charlie Swarbrick scored 59 for Lancaster

Lancaster's Charlie Swarbrick scored 59 for Lancaster

Lancaster stayed second thanks to a five-wicket win over New Longton.

Batting first at Lune Road, visitors New Longton were 154 all out.

Munaf Bavla top-scored with 38, his time at the crease featuring four boundaries.

Their tail wagged well, with last pair Ethan Fairhurst and Chris Hadfield scoring 18 and 17 respectively.

Lancaster replied with 155-5 to claim the victory.

Charlie Swarbrick scored eight fours and a six on his way to a knock of 59, Steven Fisher hitting 30.

Kendal remain hot on the heels of Lancaster in third, with just two points between them.

The Cumbrians beat South Shore by nine wickets at Shap Road, having bowled out their visitors for 69.

In reply, Kendal knocked off the runs in 14 overs.

Vernon Carus won by eight wickets against Thornton Cleveleys at Factory Lane.

Having invited Thornton to bowl first, they skittled out the visitors for 121.

Hadley Geirnaert claimed 4-38,Matthew Timms 3-41 and Joe Allen 2-26.

Vernons knocked off the runs inside 25 overs, putting 124-2 on the board.

Jamie Rigby joined Ian Dunn at the crease early on, Rigby hitting 54 and opener Dunn an unbeaten 47.

Rigby’s knock included nine fours and a six.

Penwortham won by 25 runs against Torrisholme at Middleforth Green.

Stuart Burton hit 51 as the hosts put 143 all out on the board in the first innings.

Alex Ryding added 23 and Ian Walmsley 20.

Torrisholme were bowled out for 118, their top scorer being Joel Stewart with 26.

Eight of the wickets were shared by Thomas Wilson and Nathan Walmsley.

Eccleston cemented their mid-table position with a win over Great Eccleston.

Invited to bat first, Great Ecc were 134-9, Muhammad Imran-Sadiq hitting 37 at the top of the order.

Eccleston successfully chased their target, posting 136-2.

Adam Norris struck an unbeaten 39, Jamie Maitland hit 38 and Michael Atkinson was unbeaten on 34.