Old foes seize on batting collapse
LANGLEY travelled to old foes Wilmslow and another poor batting display saw them come unstuck.
Asked to bat on a wet wicket which had been left uncovered overnight, Langley failed to adapt to the conditions.
Gregory and Johnson opened with the former first to go, hitting a simple catch to extra cover with the score on 12.
Hobbs joined Johnson and the duo looked well set, taking the total to 38 until Hobbs (18) miscued and was caught at point. It was another disappointing dismissal for the Kiwi.
Johnson (17) mistimed a drive to point in the next over but veteran Letven and Brown pushed the score to 53 before both fell, Brown (9) skied to mid on and Letven (6) was bowled.
Pattison hit a quick 13 before being caught down the leg side while Berzins ignored the skipper’s batting order and was duly rewarded with a duck as he chipped to mid on as Langley stumbled to 69-7.
The reliable Betteridge and classy Si Patterson led a fightback. The duo hit some fine shots and brought up the 100 until another mini collapse saw the tail fold tamely as Betteridge (22) was LBW.
Si Patterson (11) drove to mid off and Turner (0) was caught at extra cover as Langley were all out for 102.
Ward bowled an excellent unchanged spell taking 7-47 off 19 overs.
In reply, Wilmslow’s plan was to attack as Narayanan hit 16 off Turner’s first over.
Dixon then clubbed Frame for two boundaries before Frame replied by yorking him as the homeside reached 24-1 off two overs.
Narayanan continued the assault, plundering 22 off 11 balls until Turner bowled him with the sore on 43.
Herriot was then dropped at mid off and, along with Toby Rowe, took the score to 64.
Frame then trapped both the latter for eight and Holt (0), both LBW in the same over with Wimslow reduced to 64-4.
Herriot continued to attack, and supported by the solid Fulker, the duo took the score to 88 at which point Herriot (40) drilled a firm drive straight at Brown who took a good catch as Berzins claimed a first wicket.
Betteridge then trapped Lees (0) LBW and bowled Tom Rowe (0) and Langley were in the game at 93-7
But Fulker (17no) then struck a six and a four, ensuring a well deserved win for Wilmslow.
For Langley, Frame (3-32) and Betteridge (2-12) were the pick.
It was a poor display from Langley who once again under performed with the bat. They remain in fourth place.
Matchball sponsor was Workplace Furniture.
Langley entertain Cholmondeley at Kerridge next week in the season finale.
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