Langley lay suc­cess­ful siege at Chol­monde­lay castle

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LANGLEY 1st XI trav­elled to Chol­monde­ley at the week­end and bounced back to form with a hard fought vic­tory.

The hosts elected to bat on a good firm wicket and got off to a solid start Baker and Shone adding 37 be­fore Baker 18 was caught and bowled by Bet­teridge. Nine runs later Turner had Shone (20) caught at slip, Ben Pearce and Robin­son dug in and both were solid in de­fence and pun­ished any­thing loose.

They added 93 runs in 25 overs un­til Ma­lik had the lat­ter stumped for a solid 26. Balac (0) was LBW sec­ond ball to the same bowler, Gar­diner hit a flu­ent 16, but it was Pearce who stole the show with a stylish 101no.

Brown claimed two late wick­ets as Chol­monde­ley posted 196-6 off their 45 overs, Brown 2-11 off two overs, Ma­like 2-33 off seven overs, Turner 1-24 off seven overs, Bet­teridge 1-67 off 10 overs and the mis­ely Frame 0-18 off 12 overs were the bowlers. A men­tion too for Gre­gory, who per­formed well in the field!

In re­ply, Ma­lik and Brown added 36 in seven overs be­fore Brown (1) was caught in the cov­ers, Letven joined Ma­lik and the pair both bat­ted flu­ently.

They took the game away from the hosts push­ing the score to 105 be­fore Ma­lik (62) was stumped.

Hobbs and Letven con­tin­ued the good work, un­til Letven (40) edged to slip. Gre­gory, fresh from his hero­ics in the field, chipped in with nine be­fore mis­judg­ing a straight ball with the score on 162-4.

Hobbs and the in-form Pat­ti­son added a brisk 23 at which point Langley had their usual wob­ble. Pat­ti­son (12) edged be­hind, Bet­teridge 0 was plumb LBW and Stevens (5) lofted to cover. It was left to Hobbs 60no to see Langley over the line in tense fash­ion as they reached 199-7 in 40 overs, Ben Pearce com­plet­ing a fine day with 3-23.

A great win for Langley, who stand in joint fourth at the half­way stage of the sea­son. It was a fine match played in a sport­ing man­ner, the only down point is that it’s 12 more months be­fore Langley re­turn to the grounds of Chol­monde­ley castle.

Langley 1st XI also pro­gressed to the quar­ter fi­nals of the 20/20 cup.

Hosts Alder­ley Park, put Langley in and they hit 150-7 off their 20 overs, Chris Pat­ti­son with a su­perb 78. The un­der strength home side were re­duced to 81-8, skip­per David Frame pick of the at­tack with 2-7. Langley travel to Lin­dow in the next round

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