Lan­g­ley no match for slick Sand­bach

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - DAVID FRAME

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.”

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