Langley too good for Sandbach young­sters

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - DAVID FRAME

LANGLEY’S 1st XI trav­elled to Sandbach at the week­end and turned in a pro­fes­sional dis­play against a young side with a com­fort­able vic­tory.

Skip­per John­son elected to bat on a firm deck and the bowlers dom­i­nated the home side, who weren’t helped when skip­per and lead­ing run scorer Kesteven (7) mis­judged a sin­gle and was run out by Brown’s clin­i­cal throw in the third over.

The lit­tle pace­man Bet­teridge then bowled both Nolan (0) and Brooks (8), be­fore Turner dis­missed Tay­lor (4) in the same man­ner.

Things got no bet­ter for the hosts when Bet­teridge claimed a third wicket as Hamp­ton (3) lost his off stump.

A mix-up then saw the classy Si Pat­ter­son run out Cramp­ton (3) as Sandbach were re­duced to 43-6. Only opener Whitby showed any de­gree of re­sis­tance.

Frame re­placed Turner and bowled Bol­lan for five in his sec­ond over.

Bowyer (5) showed some de­fi­ance be­fore chip­ping Frame to mid-on where Brown took a sim­ple chance.

Whitby con­tin­ued to re­pel the bowlers un­til, with the score on 73, he was bowled by Frame for a hard work­ing 28 off 69 balls.

The last pair of Jones (10) and Guil­ford (14no) added 22 un­til the for­mer was caught in the cov­ers by Jack­lin as Pat­ter­son claimed the fi­nal wicket as Sandbach were all out for 95 in 32 overs.

Frame (3-27), Bet­teridge (3-31), Pat­ter­son (1-10) and Turner (1-22) all bowled well.

In re­ply skip­per John­son (0) edged to the keeper with the score on 4.

Chris Pat­ti­son and Hobbs both looked in good form be­fore a ter­ri­ble mix-up saw Hobbs (12) run out with the score on 40.

Pat­ti­son (28) then mis­cued to point where a su­perb one-handed catch was taken.

The stub­born Letven and im­pres­sive Brown en­sured there was to be no Langley wob­ble, push­ing he score to 75 at which point a lack of foot move­ment saw Letven (1) out LBW.

Brown con­tin­ued to push on, reach­ing 43 off just 37 balls. He mist­imed a pull­shot and was caught at square leg with the score on 84.

It was left to Jack­lin (13no) and Gre­gory (1no) to take Langley to 99 and a five-wicket vic­tory in 24 overs. Kester­ven (4-35) bowled well.

A welcome win for Langley who move back into fourth place and face sixth-placed As­ton next week.

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