Langley win thriller by just one run

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LANGLEY 1st XI played their home game against As­ton at Ker­ridge at the week­end and won a tense en­counter by the small­est of mar­gins in what was a thrilling match.

Skip­per John­son elected to bat on a green, damp deck – which was al­ways go­ing to of­fer some­thing to the bowlers.

John­son and Lit­tle opened and with some good for­tune added 19 – the high­est part­ner­ship of the day.

John­son (6) then edged to gully, Hobbs (4) soon fol­lowed edg­ing to slip.

Pat­ti­son and Lit­tle pushed the score to 39 un­til the for­mer was trapped LBW for 11, with the score on 39-3.

The in­nings then dis­in­te­grated in dra­matic fash­ion. Lit­tle (19) skied to mid­wicket, Brown (4) and Bet­teridge (0) both edged to the keeper. Gre­gory (3) was then bowled and Berzins, Turner and Hughes were all dis­missed for no runs.

Langley were all out for 57 in the 22nd over with Frame four not out.

For As­ton the ever­green Pat Beasley took 7-24, as­sisted by Leese 3-7.

In re­ply the openers looked to be pos­i­tive, Turner though needed a cou­ple of overs to re­cover from his long in­nings. He even­tu­ally got into full swing, forc­ing Sant (4) to edge to slip. He then trapped both C Beesley (7) and R Draper LBW in suc­ces­sive de­liv­er­ies and when he bowled Forster (4), As­ton were in trou­ble on 21-4.

Frame and Berzins re­placed the openers and the runs dried up. Berzins bowled Clark (4) and saw Gre­gory leap like a salmon to catch Davis (5) at square leg.

Berzins then claimed a third vic­tim as Macey (6) was bowled. As the ten­sion in­creased Frame pinned Leese (0) LBW as the visi­tors wob­bled to 44-8.

The game then looked to swing in As­ton’s favour.

Frame, hav­ing con­ceded three runs in nine overs, was hit for suc­ces­sive bound­aries by D Draper and when the next ball went for four byes, As­ton needed two to win.

The inspired John­son then brought Turner back and Berzins swapped ends, the lat­ter trapped D Draper (8) LBW and in the next over Turner bowled McCormick (1) as As­ton were all out for 56 – fall­ing one run short.

The bowlers did a great job. The ex­cel­lent Turner 5-6 from eight overs, Berzins 4-9 off eight overs and Frame 1-11 off 10 overs.

Langley showed a great team spirit, win­ning back-to-back league games for the first time since May.

Langley re­main in fourth place and travel to Wilm­slow on Satur­day.

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