Langley lose out to neigh­bours in tight con­test

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - DAVID FRAME

LANGLEY 1st XI trav­elled to neigh­bours and friends Way­far­ers at the week­end and de­spite a solid team ef­fort were un­able to force a vic­tory.

Langley elected to bat and lost skip­per John­son (1) early doors as he played on.

Brown and Hobbs de­fied the early seam move­ment and, af­ter a cau­tious start, in­creased the run rate, tak­ing the score to 73 off 19 overs.

Brown (30) was even­tu­ally caught be­hind and Letven joined Hobbs in the mid­dle. They pushed the score to 98 be­fore the tra­di­tional Langley wob­ble started.

Letven (4) was LBW, Pat­ti­son (6) was caught be­hind and Hobbs was bowled for a fine 58, as Langley were re­duced to 105-5.

How­ever, with Jack­lin and Bet­teridge in the mid­dle or­der they en­sured there was to be no com­plete col­lapse.

They started off steadily be­fore Bet­teridge opened up in fine style, plun­der­ing 48 off just 53 balls, in­clud­ing two huge sixes. He was as­sisted well by Jack­lin (30no).

Berzins was bowled first ball as Langley closed on a re­spectable 182-7 off their 45 overs. Vet­eran Bruce 2-35 was pick of the at­tack.

In re­ply, Frame and Bet­teridge bowled well with no luck, Has­sard sur­viv­ing sev­eral LBW de­ci­sions.

The score reached 54 in the 20th over when Has­sard (17) drilled a drive off Letven and was well caught by Frame.

Shirley joined Wright at the crease and the duo dug in and pushed the score to 99 in 34 overs be­fore Brown bowled Wright (54).

With 80 needed from 11 overs, the mid­dle or­der at­tempted to win the game.

Mus­taq (4) was caught be­hind and Hus­sain (2) was caught at mid on as Berzins claimed two wick­ets.

When Turner ran out Zeb (5) the hosts were in trou­ble on 134-6. Bet­teridge re­turned and had Smith (7) well caught by Gre­gory be­fore two more wick­ets for Brown saw the Way­far­ers give up the chase. The in­nings closed on 172-8, with Ben­nett 36 not out bat­ting well. For Langley, Brown (3-37) and Berzins (2-21) were the pick.

Af­ter a well con­tested game, Langley dropped to sixth place with four matches to go.

Match­ball spon­sors on the day were Work­place Fur­ni­ture.

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