Langley’s closing day win sends opponents down
LANGLEY 1st XI ended the 2015 season with a solid victory at Kerridge against Cholmondeley.
With relegation hanging over the visitors the game took on an extra edge and rain reduced the game by 12 overs.
Cholmondeley had no choice but to bat when winning the toss. They lost P Shone (9) bowled by Betteridge with the score on 15. Skipper Will Hockenhall and Robinson both looked in good touch and pushed the score to 67.
Langley skipper Frame and Letven took up the bowling mantle and the duo changed the direction of the game, as Frame recovered from his first two deliveries being hit to the boundary he saw the dangerous Hockenall 32 caught behind and then had Robison 29 trapped LBW with the score on 86.
The visitors then fell apart as Letven bowled the dangerous Ben Pearce (4) with a fine yorker. Frame then bowled Sam Hockenhall (0) and had S Cooke (0) smartly caught down the leg side by Hobbs in the same over and in his next over claimed a fifth wicket, trapping Goodwin (0) LBW as Cholmondeley struggled to 88-7 losing five wickets for two runs.
McGuiness and Goldstein took the score to 99, before Letven dismissed the latter LBW for five, veteran Peter Pearce hit a quick 14 before Brown bowled him. McGuiness (27no) and R Cooke (2no) took the Chester side to 136-9 before they declared.
Frame 5-23 off 9 overs, Letven 2-47 off 12, Brown 1-8 off two and Betteridge 1-24 off five all bowled well.
In reply, Gregory and Pattison added 27 until Gregory (16) mistimed a pullshot and was easily caught at square leg.
Hobbs and Pattison ensured there was to be no collapse as they played with aggression and took the attack to the bowlers. They pushed the score to 88.
Hobbs (34) was caught at slip but Pattison and Cartwright took Langley to the brink of victory.
Pattison was then caught in the deep for a fine 60, it was then left to Cartwright (23no) and Brown (5no) to take Langley to 140-3 and a seven-wicket victory.
Chris Pattison won the batting award, hitting 559 runs, followed by Ben Hobbs 534 and Matt Betteridge 348 runs.
David Frame (47 wickets) sneaked the bowling honours closely pursued by Matt Betteridge (46 wickets) and Paddy Turner (30 wickets).
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