Young Lan­g­ley’s pos­i­tive opener

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LAN­G­LEY 1st XI got their 2016 off to a pos­i­tive start with a com­fort­able home win against As­ton.

The vis­i­tors won the toss and asked Lan­g­ley to bat. Tift and Hobbs opened up and the debu­tant Tift was soon back in the pav­il­ion, bowled by the ev­er­green Pat Beasley for 1. Lit­tle joined Hobbs and the duo pun­ished any­thing loose, although Hobbs did ride his luck at times he looked in fine touch. They pushed the score to 48 at which point Lit­tle 17 was caught at mid on. Luke Cartwright, signed on a free trans­fer from Mac­cles­field CC, was trapped LBW sec­ond ball for a duck, Leese claim­ing both wick­ets.

Hobbs con­tin­ued to mix de­fence and as­sisted by the solid Jack­lin they added 63 valu­able runs and took the score to 111 be­fore Jack­lin 13 was caught at mid wicket.

Chris Pat­ti­son ar­rived at the crease and looked at ease, strik­ing the ball su­perbly, with Hobbs well set the pair added 95 runs in 13 overs dur­ing which Kiwi Hibbs reached his maiden Lan­g­ley cen­tury.

He fi­nally fell for 109 off 105 balls, hit­ting 10 and fours and six sixes.

Pat­ti­son was caught in the deep for an ex­cel­lent 60 off just 50 balls, it was left to Bet­teridge 23 and Adam Cartwright 3no to take Lan­g­ley to 239-7 off 42 overs be­fore skip­per Frame de­clared, for As­ton Beasley 4-47 and Leese 2-47 were the pick.

In re­ply, Turner and Frame opened the bowl­ing. As­ton were soon af­ter in trou­ble as Frame trapped both open­ers LBW as they strug­gled to 10-2. Turner re­fused to be out­shone, bowl­ing both Joseph 0 and Davis 1.

Frame had Shah 15 caught in the deep by Pat­ti­son and bowled Sridhar. Bet­teridge re­placed Turner and bowled Forster to leave As­ton in deep trou­ble on 33-7. Frame then saw Adam Cartwright catch Macey at mid off be­fore Bet­teridge bowled King.

It was left to vice cap­tain Berzins to claim the fi­nal wicket as Beasley chipped to Adam Cartwright at cover as As­ton were all out for 62.

Frame 5-24, Turner 2-10, Bet­teridge 2-13 and Berzins 1-9 took the wick­ets, Adam Cartwright bowled a maiden on his de­but for 1st XI and it will not be long be­fore he claims his first wicket.

Skip­per Frame said: “The team net­ted well over the win­ter and a great team spirit seems to have de­vel­oped, let’s hope we can carry that for­ward.

“We have a young side that can do well if they all ap­ply them­selves, our bat­ting has great depth and the bowl­ing has a good va­ri­ety, Hobbsy and Chris bat­ted su­perbly and took the game away from As­ton, the bowlers knew their job and put the ball in good ar­eas. I was pleased with Paddy who re­alised it’s not all about pace on th­ese slow wick­ets.

“With the likes of Danny Brown, Si Pat­ter­son, Dave Letven and Greg­gers miss­ing we have good com­pe­ti­tion for places, with the link up with Mac­cles­field cc the club can give the likes of Adam and Luke Cartwright a chance to shine and de­ve­l­ope their cricket.”

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