Ken­neady sal­vages draw

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - DAVID FRAME

LANGLEY had to set­tle for a draw as they en­ter­tained third-placed Barn­ton.

The vis­i­tors chose to bat first and Coot and Farn­worth took ad­van­tage of two dropped catches to plun­der 139 off 25 overs, un­til Farn­worth (35) was caught off the spin of Pat­ter­son.

Coot reached his cen­tury off just 82 balls and though Pat­ter­son (2-68) claimed a sec­ond wicket the runs con­tin­ued to flow, but the left-arm pace of Danny Brown (4-49) proved a use­ful al­ter­na­tive as he took four mid­dle­order wick­ets.

Coot fi­nally de­parted for a su­perb 161 off 116 balls as Bet­teridge (2-50) claimed two wick­ets, but Barn­ton’s 273-9 off 45 overs was go­ing to be a tough to­tal to chase.

In re­ply Langley started well as Ma­lik smashed 30 off 17 balls but the up­per order then folded tamely as Brown (5) was caught at slip, Jack­lin (6) was bowled and skip­per Letven (4) suf­fered the same fate,

Langley were well be­hind the run rate at 57-4 off 14 overs but Ken­neady and Chris Pat­ti­son de­fied some ac­cu­rate bowl­ing in a cru­cial stand, adding 119 runs be­fore Pat­ti­son (36) chipped one to square leg.

Ken­neady, on 80 when the last over started, hit four of the first five balls to the boundary and edged the fi­nal one to the fence to record his sec­ond cen­tury of the year as Langley closed on 218-7, tak­ing 12 points.

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