Langley slip down to seventh
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.