Kendal suffered an agonising 8 run defeat to Longridge in the Silver 40 over Final at Shap Road.

Kuldeep Singh’s first innings return of 4-19 had left Kendal in a strong position after bowling Longridge out for 123.

And despite a poor start to the second innings, Kendal were on course for the win after Ben Phillips had guided his team onto 95.

However once Phillips departed Kendal collapsed where 3 wickets a piece by Ian Simpson and Rory Mc Dowell saw the Auld Greys bowled out for 115 off 37.5 overs.

Kendal who lost the toss and were put into field struggled during the early stages of the first innings after Kyle

Helm and Luke Platt put on a first wicket stand of 31.

However Kendal finally made the breakthrough after Helm was quickly stumped by Richard Dakin after he played at a delivery by Chris Miller.

And once Helm departed, Kendal began to take wickets with Matthew Park trapping John Simpson LBW, while Harry Lee saw off Joshua Holden who picked out Chris Miller with Longridge toiling on 44-3.

Kendal’s bowling attack were dominating the game as Longridge toiled, where Kuldeep Singh ran out Luke Platt for 21 while Miller claimed the wicket of Zac Christie who was caught behind by Dakin. Harry Lee claimed his second wicket after he dismissed Daniel Wilson who was caught by Chris Miller, with Longridge under pressure on 94-6.

Jonathan Millwards knock of 25 as well as Ian Simpsons contribution of 8 off 28 balls saw the vitors begin to recover as they edged onto 94.

Kendal regained their early momentum after Kuldeep Singh claimed the wicket of Simpson who was caught by Phillips. And the opening bowler ripped through the visitors seeing off Nick Wilkinson, Jonathan Millward and Rory Mc dowell after he finished with figures of 4-19 with Longridge all out for 123 off 39.1 overs.

In reply Kendal were reduced onto 25-3 after Joshua Holden caught and bowled Chris Miller,while both Tom Benn and Darren Nightingale also departed with Benn picking out Nick Wilkinson off the bowling of Joshua Holden while Nightingale was caught behind by Kyle Helm from Jonathan Millwards delivery.

Yuvrav Chhabra and Phillips recovered the innings with an imposing fourth wicket stand of 51 as Kendal moved their score onto 79.

Longridge eventually broke the stand when Rory Mc Dowell trapped Chhabra LBW, however Kendal continued to edge closer to the first innings score with Phillips posting a relentless knock of 46 off 61 balls.

However the momentum of the game swung in Longridges favour when Mc Dowell trapped Phillips LBW and once the Australian had departed Kendal collapsed with Ian Simpson seeing off both Saeed Bariwala and Harry Lee.

Kendal then lost Joseph Dodd’s who was run out by Kyle Helm before Simpson trapped Richard Dakin LBW.

Matthew Park and Kuldeep Singh stayed in for a few overs, with Singh hitting a big six which gave Kendal some hope.

However after hitting the ball for six Singh departed on the next delivery after he was bowled by Rory Mc Dowell with Kendal all out for 115 off 37.5 overs.