Victory slips from grasp as batsmen fail
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.
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