Lan­g­ley strengthen hold on fifth

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LAN­G­LEY CC DAVID FRAME

LAN­G­LEY 1st XI con­tin­ued their re­cent good form and made it back to back wins with a hard fought suc­cess at home against a good, com­pet­i­tive Sand­bach side.

Skip­per John­son won the toss and elected to bat. He opened with Brown and af­ter a pedes­trian be­gin­ning the duo in­creased the run rate, adding 67 in 21 overs at which point Brown was bowled for 41.

John­son (25) was dis­missed in the same fash­ion two overs later and when Hobbs was su­perbly caught in the deep for a duck, the home side had wob­bled to 68-3.

Debu­tant Ma­lik could man­age only four as Lan­g­ley strug­gled to 81-4.

For­tu­nately, Letven and Bet­teridge stead­ied the ship, with the lat­ter strik­ing three huge sixes in a half cen­tury stand. They took the score to 132, be­fore Letven was bowled for 18 and the lit­tle fella soon fol­lowed again, bowled for a fine 41 off just 32 balls.

The lower or­der then chipped in. Pattison hit 21 and Berzins an un­beaten 18 as Lan­g­ley posted 174-7 off their al­lot­ted 45 overs.

Kesteven, R.Jones and C.Jones all bowled well, tak­ing two wickets apiece.

In re­ply, Sand­bach got off to a great start as the tal­ented Keste­van and Hard hit Whitby for 36 off the first six overs.

Frame then had Whitby (19) caught at deep cover by Pattison.

Nolan joined Keste­van and they con­tin­ued to attack. The score reached 65 when Nolan (9) drove Frame to mid-off, where Letven held on to a good catch.

Frame then re­moved the danger­ous Keste­van (28) who played on and was bowled, Bet­teridge bowled Brooks (9) and when Frame trapped Cramp­ton (6) LBW, the vis­i­tors were 87-5 off 26 overs.

Bol­lan de­cided to attack, as­sisted by Tay­lor, and the score reached 111 when Ma­lik bowled Tay­lor for eight.

Paton sup­ported the ag­gres­sive Bol­lan, push­ing the score to 138 and with the game evenly poised Turner re­turned to bowl Bol­lan for a well made run-a-ball 30.

The re­ju­ve­nated Berzins then claimed two wickets in his sec­ond over, bowl­ing Paton (10) with a slower ball and Cot­ton (4) was ad­judged LBW as the score reached 142-9.

The Jones broth­ers then de­cided to shut up shop and did a fine job un­til Berzins bowled C. Jones with the last ball of the 44th over as Sand­bach were all out for 156.

For Lan­g­ley, Frame toiled for 17 overs tak­ing 4-35 and Berzins a fine 3-14 off five overs, backed up by a wicket each for Ma­lik, Bet­teridge and Turner.

A great game of cricket, well played by both sides. Sand­bach have some good play­ers and their league po­si­tion looks false, while Lan­g­ley ce­mented fifth place and travel to As­ton next week. ON Sun­day, Macclesfield Town will be host­ing a spe­cial re­cruit­ment af­ter­noon at the Moss Rose. This day will in­clude vol­un­tary or paid match­day jobs rang­ing from kiosk as­sis­tants to ste­wards.

Mem­bers from sev­eral de­part­ments will be on hand to an­swer ques­tions about spe­cific roles within the club on match­days and to dis­cuss avail­abil­ity for the forth­com­ing sea­son.

Roles in­cluded on the day are: Stew­ard­ing, Bar/Wait­ress Work, Re­fresh­ment Kiosk Staff, Turn­stiles Op­er­a­tors, Ticket Of­fice Staff, 50/50 Draw Sell­ers, Pro­gramme Sell­ers, En­ter­tain­ment Co-or­di­na­tors, In­for­ma­tion As­sis­tants

The event will run from 2pm-4pm in the McIl­roy Suite and is ideal for any­body in­ter­ested in any of the above roles. If you have any ques­tions about the day con­tact the main re­cep­tion on 01625 264686 or email re­cep­tion@ mtfc.co.uk

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