Langley bounce back de­spite scare

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LANGLEY CC CHRIS PAT­TI­SON

A SMART­ING Langley XI trav­elled to Over Peover look­ing to bounce back af­ter their hu­mil­i­a­tion at the hands of bot­tom side Wins­ford last week.

The visi­tors won the toss and elected to bat.

The duo of Pat­ti­son and John­son started brightly, 15 off the first four overs be­fore a false stroke from Pat­ti­son brought his in­nings to an early end.

Letven joined John­son and the pair went about build­ing a solid base.

Letven then fell to Tucker as Bodimeade took a nice catch off a force­ful drive.

Hobbs then met the solid-look­ing John­son in the mid­dle, the lat­ter moved with cal­cu­lated class to a well-de­served half cen­tury, the big man con­tin­u­ing his re­cent run of form.

Then came the in­tro­duc­tion of Nightin­gale for the hosts. Good work saw John­son caught and bowled for 54.

Brown’s mis­er­able run of form con­tin­ued as he was stumped for a sec­ond ball duck.

Bet­teridge joined the fast-scor­ing Hobbs and looked to build a late in­nings part­ner­ship.

How­ever, thoughts of this were quickly ex­tin­guished as a mix up in the mid­dle saw Hobbs run out, 37, neat work again from Night­ningale.

The usual Langley wob­ble saw them on 119-6 off 35 overs. Some late or­der runs from Berzins (11), and Turner (10 no) saw them post a com­pet­i­tive 147-9 off their 45 overs.

Af­ter tea the Langley lads took to the field in hope of find­ing their fifth away win of the sea­son. Just like their bat­ting in­nings the start was lively with Bet­teridge into his rhythm early. He found the out­side edges of both openers bats, Nightin­gale (0) and Gosling (13).

Young­ster Turner, on the other hand, strug­gled to find his line and length, blam­ing the end he was bowl­ing from for his re­sults, he was swiftly re­placed by the wily, miserly Frame. It didn’t take Frame long to take his first wicket trap­ping Bodimeade (8), for LBW.

At 44-5, Peover looked in deep trou­ble, a part­ner­ship be­tween all-rounder Tucker and cap­tain Stubbs looked to dig them out of this hole, but when Tucker was bowled by Frame and a another scin­til­lat­ing de­liv­ery from Bet­teridge saw Gold­straw de­part, they were in all sorts of trou­ble at 69-7 off 27.

Two more de­cep­tive de­liv­er­ies from Frame saw In­gar­jolla and Nightin­gale both dis­missed and at 82-9 the game looked over.

Step for­ward Stubbs, the Peover cap­tain, who de­cided the best way to chase down the Langley to­tal was sin­gle­hand­edly.

Hit­ting the Langley at­tack to all parts of the ground with a cou­ple of big sixes, there were a few ner­vous faces in the field as Stubbs had taken his side to within 10 runs of the Langley to­tal.

He fi­nally fell for 71 as Letven took a com­posed catch off the bowl­ing of Bet­teridge to com­plete his five-wicket haul.

Peover all out for 136.

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