Vic­tory slips from grasp as bats­men fail

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LANGLEY 1st XI made the long jour­ney to Portsun­light at the week­end and hav­ing been com­pet­i­tive and look­ing like caus­ing a ma­jor up­set for two thirds of the game, they then threw away the match with some very poor bat­ting against the league lead­ers.

The hosts won the toss and elected to bat on a firm deck, the score reached 11 when Frame had Par­sons 2 caught at slip by John­son. In the same over Frame then bowled the classy Greve (0) with a ball that nipped back.

Aussie Mel­berzs and Jones stead­ied the ship and both looked in good form, es­pe­cially the for­mer who struck sev­eral firm bound­aries. They pushed the to­tal to 51 be­fore Frame trapped Mel­berzs (25) LBW and four runs later Berzins had Jones (23) caught. At 55-4 Langley were well in the game.

The Portsun­light mid­dle or­der tried to con­sol­i­date as Berzins and Frame bowled ac­cu­rately.

Kear­ney and Graham took the score to 88 un­til the lat­ter mist­imed a pull­shot and skied a sim­ple catch to Hobbs.

New­ton joined Kear­ney and con­tin­ued the rear­guard ac­tion and the score reached 122 when Kear­ney 36 drove Berzins firmly to mid-off where Letven took a great catch.

With seven overs to go, New­ton (18) was su­perbly caught by Gre­gory at short cover.

Crosby (5) chipped to Turner at mid-wicket and Harris smashed two huge sixes be­fore be­ing bowled by Frame, his sixth vic­tim as the home­side posted 158-9 off their 45 overs,

Frame bowled un­changed, tak­ing 6-69 off 22 overs, Berzins 3-43 off 12 overs sup­ported by Turner and Letven who both bowled well.

The Langley re­ply got off to a steady start as Chris Pat­ti­son and John­son saw off the new ball. They in­creased the tempo and put Langley in a su­perb po­si­tion, adding 87 in 21 overs.

But in true Langley tra­di­tion they col­lapsed in spec­tac­u­lar style.

Chris Pat­ti­son (54) was first to go, bril­liantly caught and bowled by Mel­berzs.

John­son (16) was then dis­missed in the same man­ner to another great catch.

The mid­dle or­der then folded very tamely, Letven (0) was bowled, Hobbs (0) prod­ded to short leg as did Brown (2).

Si Pat­ter­son (5) skied to cover and when Berzins (5) played on, Langley were 102-7.

Turner (0) chipped to ex­tra cover and when Frame (3) was bowled round his legs the game was over at 115-9.

All credit to Gre­gory (17no) and Barry Pat­ti­son (9) who showed some re­sis­tance be­fore Langley were all out for 130 in 43 overs.

From 87-0, Langley lost 10 wick­ets, scor­ing 43 runs in 22 overs.

Mel­berzs off spin took 7-28 as­sisted by Kear­ney 3-19.

It was another aw­ful dis­play by Langley whose bats­men must hang their heads in shame.

Well played to Portsun­light, who never gave up and showed why they will be wor­thy cham­pi­ons, a great game played in an ex­cel­lent spirit.

Match­ball spon­sor was Work­place Fur­ni­ture.

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