Inconsistent Langley dealt a blow
LANGLEY 1st XI continued their rollercoaster season with a heavy defeat at home to Winsford.
With Gregory suffering a bizare early morning injury, the team was given a boost with a late call up for the evergreen Rick Laughton.
Skipper Johnson elected to bat on a firm deck and fast outfield.
He opened with Brown and they laid a solid platform, adding 71 in 19 overs until Brown (34) was stumped.
Pattison joined the skipper and the good work continued until the score reached 111.
Pattison (32) was then caught at deep mid wicket and Johnson 41 soon followed, a solid effort backing up last week’s fine knock.
The middle order then fell apart, as Langley folded from 111-1 to 165-9, only Hobbs (10) reaching double figures.
It was left to Betteridge and Turner, who to their credit showed some fight and courage as they added 43 runs for the last wicket.
Betteridge (59no) played an excellent innings as did Turner (10no) as Langley closed on 208-9 off their 45 overs.
Dean and Webb both bowled accurately and deservedly took four wickets apiece.
In reply, Winsford lost Copnall (0) superbly caught at gully by Betteridge off the bowling of Frame.
Cooper and Webb then dug in and defied the new ball. They took the score to 79 before Webb (49) was superbly run out by Betteridge.
Cooper (33) soon followed, caught and bowled by Betteridge, with the score on 95-3.
Ben Crellin and Edmundson took on the attack, adding 55 in just eight overs before the latter was caught at mid-off by Turner off the bowling of Brown.
This proved to be the last wicket as Ben Crellin was joined by dad Barry and the pair smashed the Langley attack apart, hitting 62 in just four overs, Ben (54no) and Barry (41no) saw the visitors to 212-4 off just 33 overs.
Frame, 1-30 off 12 overs, Brown 1-29 off three overs, Betteridge 1-45 off seven overs, Turner 0-64 off eight overs and Berzins 0-27 off three overs all found the going tough.
Langley must reflect on another below par display, but in hindsight full credit must go to a determined Winsford side who dominated the game and fully deserved their first victory of the season.
Credit to Matt Betteridge who batted very well and stood out in the field.
Langley dropped down to fifth place and travel to Peover next week.