Lan­g­ley buoyed by nar­row de­feat

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LAN­G­LEY 1st XI trav­elled to Ch­ester County Of­fices at the week­end where they were nar­rowly beaten on a dry out­field and a damp but well pre­pared wicket.

The toss was al­ways go­ing to be cru­cial and, sadly for Lan­g­ley, CCO won and it was no sur­prise to see them elect to bowl.

Open­ers Hobbs and Tift took the score to 19 un­til Tift mist­imed a drive which stuck in the pitch and was well caught at cover for 10, Lit­tle (1) was pinned LBW and when Hobbs (21) played on Lan­g­ley were in trou­ble at 33-3.

Luke Cartwright and Chris Pat­ti­son stead­ied the ship, with the lat­ter very ag­gres­sive and the for­mer play­ing the an­chor role. Pat­ti­son was the only bats­man who would score at a run a ball, hit­ting a flu­ent 31 be­fore he chipped a full toss to mid wid­wicket with the score on 71-4.

Brown (10) bat­tled hard un­til he played round a straight ball and was LBW as Lan­g­ley found con­di­tions tough at 87-5.

Luke Cartwright con­tin­ued to bat­tle on af­ter play­ing him­self in. He steadily gained mo­men­tum, hit­ting a valu­able 31 off 69 balls un­til he was caught be­hind. Adam Cartwright (1) showed less pa­tience as he rashly drove to mid off as the in­nings fal­tered to 110-7.

Bet­teridge looked in good form and needed sup­port, sadly Berzins (3) and skip­per Frame (2) both played poor shots as they in­nings faded to 128-9. Turner joined Bet­teridge and the duo dug in and used up the re­main- ing six overs and added a much needed 24 runs as Lan­g­ley recorded 152-9 off their 45 overs, John­son 6-57 the pick of the at­tack.

Af­ter a fine tea, the Lan­g­ley bowlers were met by a much drier and firmer deck which was al­ways go­ing to make bat­ting eas­ier.

Turner and Frame opened up and they both bowled tidely. The score reached 17 when Sivier (7) was caught at short cover by Lit­tle off the bowl­ing of Frame and the same com­bi­na­tion then saw Hickey (3) dismissed in the same fash­ion but by a su­perb one handed div­ing catch, with the score on 27-2 off 14 overs.

Thomas (10) at­tempted to in­crease the run rate but Bet­teridge bowled him and in the same over Down­ham (0) was ad­judged LBW. At 45-4 the game was well poised.

Opener Bir­chall and Whit­tle then dou­bled the score, adding 45 and tak­ing the score to 90.

With 62 needed off the last 12 overs, the in­tro­duc­tion of Adam Cartwright saw the tal­ented young­ster claim a wicket with his first ball as Whit­tle (14) was caught by Pat­ti­son.

Turner then re­turned and bowled Put­son (4), Adam Cartwright caught and bowled Hol­land (3) and when Turner bowled Green (2) CCO were wob­bling at 112-8.

Bir­chall, though, re­fused to budge and Lan­g­ley needed two wick­ets in the fi­nal over, bowled by Bet­teridge, who ag­o­nis­ingly saw Bir­chall dropped at slip.

It was not to be for Lan­g­ley though they did see John­son run out off the fi­nal ball as CCO scored 119-9. Bir­chall (70no) car­ried his bat and pre­vented a Lan­g­ley win.

It was a great ef­fort by the Lan­g­ley bowlers who toiled away on a deck that got bet­ter as the day went on. Adam Cartwright (2-12 off 5 overs), Bet­teridge (2-18 off 9), Frame (2-23 off 11), Turner 2-36 off 14) plus the luck­less Berzins all did their job.

Skip­per Frame was up­beat as Lan­g­ley sit se­cond in the league, one point be­hind Wilm­slow who they host next week.

He said: “It was a tough toss to lose and bat­ting was dif­fi­cult with John­son bowl­ing very well, ty­ing up one end. Only the su­perb Chris Pat­ti­son looked at ease, I was very pleased with Luke Cartwright who showed great ma­tu­rity and bat­tled hard.

“The in­nings looked to be fold­ing and the 10th wicket part­ner­ship of 24 be­tween Paddy and Bet­ters was cru­cial.

“The wicket dried out dur­ing tea and CCO looked a very solid bat­ting unit. The bowlers worked hard, credit to Bir­chall who held their in­nings to­gether, I thought Paddy again bowled well on a deck that wouldn’t suit him, Bet­ters is so re­li­able and we would be lost with­out him, I am just please to be bowl­ing af­ter dis­lo­cat­ing my shoul­der!!,

“Adam Cartwright looked a dif­fer­ent bowler this week and can gain great con­fi­dence from his dis­play, the lad has a big fu­ture and on another day Berzins could of grabbed a wicket or two, we showed great spirit and with a bit more luck could of claimed a win, next week we need to raise out game fur­ther as Wilm­slow are a good young side who have some fine play­ers who can take the game away from you” NA­TIONAL Two North cham­pi­ons Mac­cles­field rounded off a fine 2015/16 cam­paign with a 43-19 win over fourth-placed Stour­bridge.

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