Langley frus­trated by Wir­ral fight

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LANGLEY CC DAVID FRAME

LANGLEY’S first XI en­ter­tained Wir­ral at the week­end and af­ter a promis­ing start they were thwarted by a stub­born fight­back and ul­ti­mately the rain.

Wir­ral elected to bat on a damp wicket and wet out­field.

Bet­teridge and Frame bowled well, only 13 runs were scored off the first eight overs.

Bet­teridge then had Clewes caught be­hind for six. The score reached 27 when Frame bowled Muise for two.

Frame claimed a sec­ond wicket trap­ping Jones on 17 for LBW and was un­lucky not to trap Ku­mar first ball in sim­i­lar fash­ion.

Ku­mar’s luck ran out in the next over when he was caught and bowled by Bet­teridge with the Wir­ral side wob­bling on 35-4.

Langley then self­de­struc­ted, drop­ping sev­eral catches, which Wir­ral took ad­van­tage of. Devel­ing and O’Con­nell pushed the score to 88 be­fore Turner bowled the for­mer for 23.

As the rain be­gan to fall, so did Langley’s per­for­mance. O’Con­nell (44no) and Hen­wood (53no) pushed the score to 172-5 off just 40 overs be­fore the rain forced the game to be can­celled.

Langley travel to lead­ers Portsun­light this week­end.

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