No re­ward for strug­gling Langley

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORS -

LANGLEY en­ter­tained Chol­monde­ley at the week­end and de­spite their best ef­forts they failed to gain a much­needed vic­tory – one that their ef­forts de­served.

With the hosts and vis­i­tors fill­ing the rel­e­ga­tion po­si­tions in TACS League Divi­sion One, it was a must-win game for both teams; Chol­monde­ley won the toss and elected to bowl.

Ma­lik and Ken­neady opened the bat­ting and got Langley off to a solid start with 36 in six overs, un­til Ma­lik (18) played across the line and was bowled.

Brown joined Ken­neady and both looked in good touch; they ran well and put any loose de­liv­er­ies to the boundary.

The score reached 96 when Ken­neady was caught be­hind for 42, Brown (34) soon fol­lowed, mist­im­ing a drive and when Pat­ti­son was caught at deep mid-on Langley had wob­bled to 109-4.

Stevens and Jack­lin had to show some grit and de­ter­mi­na­tion, and they did, ac­cel­er­at­ing to take the game away from Chol­monde­ley with 129 runs in just 16 overs. Both fell in the run chase, Stevens for 52 and Jack­lin for 67 as Langley de­clared on 239-7 off just 38 overs.

In re­ply Bet­teridge and Frame tore into the Chol­monde­ley top order, re­duc­ing them to 54-6 in just 16 overs.

Bet­teridge had Pearce caught at third man by Frame for a duck, and Frame then had Hock­en­hall caught be­hind by Pat­ti­son, the first of four catches for him.

Bet­teridge then saw Row­land (4) and Mo­han (18) dis­missed in the same fashion, and when Frame then had Magi­ness caught at gully by Jack­lin for 16 and John­son su­perbly caught Kimble at first slip off Frame, Langley were well in con­trol.

The open­ers were re­placed and Mea­sures and Frazer Cooke dug in; they held Langley at bay in de­ter­mined fashion, and added 84 in 26 overs.

That stand ended when Berzins chased a ball to deep mid-on, off his own bowl­ing, and his ac­cu­rate throw saw Mea­sures (42) run out at­tempt­ing a third run.

Frame then re­turned to trap Torr LBW with­out scor­ing and when Berzins had Cooke (25) caught be­hind the hosts were 138-9 with seven overs re­main­ing.

Credit to Atkin­son (20 not out) and Rich Cooke (eight not out) as they sur­vived the overs to see the vis­i­tors hold on for a draw.

For Langley Frame (4-47 off 17 overs), Bet­teridge (3-35 off 10 overs) and Berzins (1-24 off nine overs) took the wick­ets.

Chol­monde­ley stay bot­tom while Langley are now two points be­hind Win­ning­ton Park who they play next week, in another cru­cial rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle.

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