Rivals seize on Langley lapse
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.”