Langley slip down to sev­enth

Macclesfield Express - - JOBS - DAVID FRAME

LANGLEY 1st XI put in a poor dis­play at the week­end at home to a solid, com­pet­i­tive Wilm­slow side who fully de­served their suc­cess.

On a damp track, skip­per John­son elected to bat and Langley got off to a poor start, los­ing Brown for a duck in the first over.

John­son (9) soon fol­lowed, ad­judged LBW with the score on 12. Letven and Hobbs stead­ied the ship and put to­gether what turned out to be the high­est part­ner­ship of the in­nings, adding 36 valu­able runs. With the score on 48, Hobbs (21) mist­imed a drive and skied a catch to mid wicket, an all too fa­mil­iar dis­missal for the like­able Kiwi.

Letven (17) and Pat­ti­son (0) fell in con­sec­u­tive balls, both LBW, the re­cov­ery checked in quick time as Langley wob­bled to 52-5.

Ma­lik (18) and Bet­teridge (19) made usual con­tri­bu­tions but both fell in dis­ap­point­ing fash­ion.

The tail failed to wag as only Berzins (11) made dou­ble fig­ures as Langley were all out for 105 in just 29 overs. Ward de­served great credit, tak­ing 7-45.

In re­ply, Her­riot set about the at­tack, latch­ing onto any­thing loose. Along with Holt, they added 41 un­til Holt was harshly ad­judged caught be­hind off the bowl­ing of Bet­teridge.

Her­riot con­tin­ued to blud­geon the at­tack and the rest of the bats­man were happy to just sup­port him. The in­tro­duc­tion of Berzins saw three wick­ets fall for just six runs as the visi­tors went from 63-1 to 69-4, all three as­sisted by some su­perb catches. Ma­lik caught Rowe (1) at gully, Bet­teridge took Fulker (0) at sec­ond slip and John­son snapped up Dixon (0) at first slip.

Her­riot re­fused to give an inch and pow­ered on to 79 off just 59 balls, a fan­tas­tic ef­fort on a day when all other bats­man strug­gled. He was fi­nally dis­missed LBW with the score on 91 by Bet­teridge who then had Kashyap caught at gully. How­ever, Wilm­slow edged to vic­tory, reach­ing 107-6 off 24 overs.

For Langley, Berzins (3-22) and Bet­teridge (3-43) were the stand out bowlers.

It’s back to the draw­ing board for Langley who slipped to sev­enth place, with the league tight­en­ing up they will need to step up a level to avoid another rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle.

Many thanks to match all spon­sor Work­place Fur­ni­ture.

Langley’s 2nd XI en­joyed bet­ter luck as they de­feated Win­ning­ton Park with Adam Cartwright star­ring with the ball tak­ing 4-13. ●● IN a rain in­ter­rupted game Lin­dow bat­ted first against Prest­bury and made a solid 190 for 7 (C Tay­lor 51, B Yates 55 Aquell Ahmed 2 for 23). That left Prest­bury need­ing 191 in 34 overs. They started well with Ben Mil­ner hit­ting 42, but other than Ab­dul­lah Waseem (41), Prest­bury fell short at 142 all out. Still, with de­vel­op­ing new play­ers to first team cricket it was a good ef­fort, es­pe­cially the field­ing.

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