Langley lose out to neighbours in tight contest
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.
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