Kendal’s top of the table group game with Longridge fell victim to the weather after persistent rain 4.4 overs into the second innings saw the game abandoned.

However despite the rain, Kendal had already qualified into the semi finals after finishing second in the group.

The Auld Greys who are waiting to hear on their opponents for this Saturdays crunch semi final had posted an imposing first innings total of 156-7 off a rain reduced 36 overs with Ben Phillips posting an undefeated 61 off 81 balls.

And Kendal made an early breakthrough in Longridge’s reply after Kuldeep Singh bowled Luke Platt before the game came to end with the visitors on 12-1 off 4.4 overs.

Kendal who won the toss and elected to bat made a steady start when both Chris Miller and Darren Nightingale put on a first wicket stand of 32.

However Longridge battled their way back into the game after Jonathan Millward claimed the wickets of Miller, James Park and Darren Nightingale.

Millward trapped both Miller and Park LBW while Nightingales attempted drive for six was caught by Daniel Wilson.

Ben Phillips and Tom Aspinwall attempted to rebuild the innings guided Kendal onto 87, before Longridge regained momentum after Ian Simpson bowled Aspinwall, while Oliver Tyson was stumped by Kyle Helm off the bowling of Jacob Procter.

However Phillips and Saeed Bariwala pulled the game away from the visitors with an important sixth wicket stand of 83 where Kendal had now raced onto 130.

Bariwala did fall for 22 after being dismissed by Rory Mc Dowell, before Ian Simpson trapped Harry Lee LBW, as Kendals reduced first innings closed on a strong total of 156-7 off 36 overs.

Kuldeep Singh made the early breakthrough in the second innings when he bowled Luke Platt, however the rain returned as the game was eventually abandoned with Longridge struggling on 12-1 off 4.4 overs.

The Shap Road men will be hoping for better luck with the weather next week when they return to action in the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield Competition.

They travel to Lancaster First XI.

Words by Richard Edmondson