Langley no match for slick Sandbach
LANGLEY’S woes continued with another heavy defeat when they were outplayed in all departments by a solid Sandbach side.
Skipper Frame won the toss and elected to bat on a good wicket.
However, Langley got off to another poor start as Hobbs (0) drove to mid off and was well caught in the first over.
Fellow opener Tift (9) soon followed as he was bowled off his pads with the score on 14.
Luke Cartwright and Little steadied the ship but runs were hard to come by, both were trapped LBW, Little for 15 and Cartwright for 5 as Langley struggled to 33-4 off 16 overs.
The reliable Chris Pattison and Brown pushed the score to 62, until the former drove to mid-off and was the victim of another good catch scoring 15.
Debutant Wheelton, another Macclesfield product, joined Brown and after a nervous start he began to play some good shots.
Brown was at last starting to show his capabilities and they took the score to 94 before Wheelton was caught behind for 11, a most encouraging start.
Brown continued to mix attack and defence and together with Gregory they ensured Langley reached three figures.
With the score on 109-7, Gregory (11) was adjudged LBW. Brown and Frame made sure Langley got two more batting points and used their 45 overs. In the process Brown reached a well deserved half century before chipping to long on scoring a fine for 59. Frame (8no), Berzins (2) and Turner (1no) took Langley to 138-9 as the innings closed. Sandbach bowled and fielded well with Nell taking 4-35.
After a fine tea, Turner and Frame opened up.
Openers Kesteven and Whitby looked in good touch, with the former in particular timing the ball well. Whitby struggled to 6 off 36 balls at which point wicket keeper Gregory spilled an edge off Frame.
He then opened up, lofting the next ball for a boundary and the score reached 53 when the excellent Kesteven (36) was LBW to Berzins.
Brooks (7) was dismissed by Frame in the same fashion as Sandbach reached 62-2.
Whitby took the game away from Langley, unleashing some fine drives, together with Taylor they took Sandbach to the verge of victory before Taylor (27) was run out with the score tied.
Fittingly it was left to Whitby to hit the wining boundary as he hit 70no off 87 balls as Sandbach reached their target off just 30 overs.
Berzins 1-31 off 9 overs, Frame 1-42 off 11 overs, Cartwright 0-19 and Turner 0-49 off 6 overs found life tough.
Credit must go to Sandbach who put Langley to the sword with relative ease, life gets no easier as Langley entertain leaders Bunbury next Saturday.
Skipper Frame was left disappointed with another limp display
“It was a good surface and we started poorly, only Brown looked at ease and deserved his half century. The batsman are lacking confidence, but to be fair to them they are all hurting and working hard to put things right.
“I was very pleased with Olly and he looks a player for the future.
“Thanks to Macc for allowing him to play, he’s the sort of player who could do well for us.
“It was the first week the fielding and bowling has been of a poor standard, the dropped catch was crucial.
“We have a 20/20 game on Thursday and a chance to play with freedom. I take my hat off to Sandbach who played very well, Nell bowled a great spell and Whitby and Kesteven batted very well.
“We have played top and bottom the last two weeks and there is little between either side.
“We need to improve or we face a relegation battle.”