Pat­ti­son toughs it out be­fore rain takes charge

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - DAVID FRAME

LAN­G­LEY 1st XI en­ter­tained high fly­ing Bun­bury at the week­end and de­spite the best ef­forts of all con­cerned the rain was the vic­tor.

Af­ter a 45-minute de­lay, Bun­bury won the toss and elected to bowl.

Hobbs and Pat­ti­son opened up and took the score to 28 when Hobbs (15) was caught at mid off.

Lit­tle joined Pat­ti­son, the for­mer hit­ting a fine six over mid on as the score reached 48 when Lit­tle (9) hit a full toss straight back at bowler Ry­der who took a great catch.

Tift soon fol­lowed, bowled by skip­per Ball as Lan­g­ley were re­duced to 53-3. The in­nings was be­ing held to­gether by the re­li­able Pat­ti­son, de­spite be­ing starved of the strike.

Brown rode his luck, scor­ing 12 be­fore driv­ing to mid on and Jack­lyn (0) was then caught and bowled as Lan­g­ley strug­gled to 87-5.

Pat­ti­son then be­gan to open up, hit­ting a cou­ple of sixes as he reached a well de­served half cen­tury.

The fi­nal burst of rain then saw the game aban­doned as Lan­g­ley were 107-5 of 30 overs, Pat­ti­son 59 not out off just 66 balls and Cartwright 4no. For Bun­bury Ry­der 2-15 and Ball 2-18 were the pick.

Credit to Bun­bury who tried to get the game played and for hang­ing around af­ter the game.

Chris Pat­ti­son said of his in­nings: “They were tough bat­ting con­di­tions and Bun­bury bowled well, I just hung in and the runs came.”

Skip­per Frame re­flected: “Bun­bury look a good unit, a team full of young lads who will progress. Chris bat­ted very well he is a class act, he could play at a bet­ter level, he is so re­laxed and re­fused to panic when he got no strike. The rest of the guys found life tough, they bowled well and con­di­tions were hard, how­ever the play­ers are work­ing hard to put things right, we have a full squad next week, so play­ers are fight­ing for their places”.

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