Ri­vals seize on Lan­g­ley lapse

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - DAVID FRAME

LAN­G­LEY suf­fered their first de­feat of the sea­son when they were blown away by vis­i­tors Wilm­slow, as bat­ting frail­ties came back to haunt them.

Skip­per Frame elected to bowl on a slow green pitch and the hosts got off to a steady if un­spec­tac­u­lar start as Naray­man and Her­riot added 28 in 17 overs.

The in­tro­duc­tion of Bet­teridge saw the lit­tle pace­man claim three quick wick­ets as he bowled Naray­man (16) and Holt (0) while Dixon (0) mist­imed a pull shot, al­low­ing Gre­gory to take a sim­ple catch as Wilm­slow wob­bled to 36-3.

Frame then had Sykes (0) well caught by Turner at square leg and when the danger­ous Her­riot (28) pulled Frame to mid wicket where Tift took a fine catch, Lan­g­ley had re­duced Wilm­slow to 53-5.

Berzins re­placed Bet­teridge and claimed two wick­ets as he bowled Tay­lor (22) and Fulker (1) was caught at mid off, with the score on 78-7.

Credit must be given to Ho­sainy (27no) and Teskey (20no) who dug in and added 51 in 16 overs as Wilm­slow posted a cred­itable 129-7 off their 45 overs.

For Lan­g­ley, Bet­teridge 3-31 off 8 overs, Berzins 2-18 off 8 overs, Frame 2-26 off 17 overs took the wick­ets, sup­ported by Turner and Adam Cartwright who both bowled well with­out suc­cess.

Af­ter a fine tea, Lan­g­ley got off to a poor start as Tift (1) was caught at mid off and Brown (0) mis­cued a drive and was caught be­hind.

It set the tone for some in­ept strokes and poor shot se­lec­tion as the Lan­g­ley bats­men showed lit­tle re­sis­tance and meekly gave their wick­ets away,

Hobbs (27) was su­perbly caught in the deep, Luke Cartwright (2) was LBW, Pat­ti­son (12) hit two fine sixes but, like Brown, mist­imed a drive and was caught by the keeper.

Gre­gory (4) drove to mid on as Lan­g­ley strug- gled to 53-6. Ber­izins (1) chipped to mid off, Bet­teridge (7) was bowled, Adam Cartwright (0) was run out and when Turner (3) was LBW, Lan­g­ley had folded to 60 all out.

For Wilm­slow, Ward yet again proved a thorn in the Lan­g­ley side as he took 5-37.

In truth, the Lan­g­ley bats­men looked all at sea and need to take a long look in the mir­ror and work hard to im­prove their bat­ting skills.

Skip­per Frame was nat­u­rally dis­ap­pointed.

“We bowled very well and had Wilm­slow on the rack,” he said.

“Matty Bet­teridge bowled a great spell tak­ing three quick wick­ets, my­self and Alex bowled ac­cu­rately. Credit must go to Teskey and Ho­sainy who showed on a tough wicket that with a bit of ap­pli­ca­tion runs could be scored. I al­ways felt 129 was a com­pet­i­tive score, we got off to a poor start and never re­cov­ered.

“Hobbsy looked good but once again gave his wicket away, Chris Pat­ti­son and Matty played some nice shots and looked good but the rest of the bat­ting was poor and peo­ple need to start val­ue­ing their wick­ets.

“Adam’s run out summed up our dis­play, Wilm­slow looked a good side and will be right up there.”

“We travel to Sand­bach next week and need to raise our game.”

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