LAST pair Toby Tyson and Matthew Park held on to earn Kendal a losing draw in a rain affected Northern League game game at Longridge on Saturday.

The Auld Greys were on the brink of defeat after they slumped to 58-6 during the second innings after being set an imposing chase of 236-5.

However, skipper Chris Miller and Edward Price’s seventh wicket stand of 59 offered some respite and then despite another collapse, Tyson and Park managed to see the game out.

The home side, who were promoted with Kendal last year, made a strong start as John Simpson and Daniel Wilkinson Junior put on 31 for the first wicket.

But Tyson broke the partnership after the opening bowler claimed the wicket of Wilkinson who was caught by Oliver Killiner.

However Simpson and Luke Platt pushed Longridge further ahead with a second wicket stand of 91, before professional Wes Marshall, pictured left, saw off Simpson who departed for 55.

Lachlan Bangs and Platt then began to pile on the runs with a partnership of 80 which was finally ended when Park dismissed Bangs for 30.

Yet Platt was still at the crease and he continued to push Longridge further ahead before falling for 74 after being caught by Saeed Bariwala off the bowling of Park.

Marshall then claimed the wicket of Zac Christie who was caught by Miller and Longridge eventually closed on 236-5, which given the damp conditions was a challenging total.

And it looked even more challenging when in reply, Kendal suffered a dramatic collapse as they slumped to 28-4.

Jonathon Millward picked up the wickets of Bariwala, Tom Benn and Marshall while his partner in crime Ian Simpson bowled Ben Phillips.

Millward, who finished with figures of 5-39 after he dismissed both Tom Aspinwall and Killiner, continued to prove at threat as the visitors collapsed to 58-6.

However, Kendal then showed some much needed resilience as Miller and Price dug in.

But once the partnership was broken when Price was trapped lbw by Simpson, the visitors were rocking again as Daniel Wilson took the wickets of Miller and Kuldeep Singh.

And it was left to Tyson, pictured right in action with the ball, and Park to see out the closing stages and ensure their side returned up the M6 with a draw.

Kendal continue their Northern League campaign on Saturday when relegation threatened Penrith travel to Shap Road for a vital encounter.