Relegation threat looms for Langley
LANGLEY 1st XI continue to struggle as they were once again outplayed after another limp display away at Appleton.
Skipper David Frame won the toss and elected to bowl, given Langley’s poor form with the bat.
Turner and Betteridge opened up and bowled tidely with no reward, Lomas and Cooper both looked in good form for Appleton.
They took the score to 35 when Lomas (24) mistimed a drive and was caught at mid-on by Brown off Frame.
McAuley soon followed, caught behind off Betteridge with the score on 41-2. Sam Cooper joined his dad and the pair laid a great platform for the home side, pushing the score to 102 off 33 overs. M Cooper (33) was then superbly caught at gully by Betteridge off Berzins.
Wright hit a fluent 15 until Berzins trapped him LBW but the run rate increased as Langley lost a little discipline. Sam Cooper reached 63 until he to was trapped LBW.
Veteran Hurst (18no) ensured the home side reached a more than useful 179-7 off their 45 overs.
The Langley bowlers toiled away Berzins 3-53 off 9 overs, Betteridge 2-41 off 13 overs, Frame 1-22 off 10 overs, Turner 0-27 off 8 overs and Patterson 0-26 off 5 overs.
In reply, Langley never got out of first gear in the face of some fine bowling.
Hobbs (2) played across the line and was bowled, Brown (0) was also bowled as Langley were reduced to 6-2.
Luke Cartwright and Gregory dug in but scored at a run an over, both fell in consecutive overs, Gregory (5) bowled beaten for pace and Luke (6) LBW, as Langley struggled to 17-4 off 20 overs.
Adam Cartwright and Johnson then showed some fight, etching out 35 runs and taking the score to 52, before Johnson (11) was also bowled.
Betteridge (4) adjudged LBW.
In the face of this Adam Cartwright battled on. Hitting some fine shots he reached 32 before he to was bowled as Langley struggled to 72-7 with nine overs to defend.
Patterson and Frame fought hard before the latter was LBW for 3, Berzins went first ball in the same manner and with two overs to go Turner was the final man out as Langley were all out for 83.
Appleton bowled very well, with Kanthiraj taking 6-12 off 13 overs, well supported by Lomas 3-8. was
There was some good news as Langley, led for the first time by Alex Berzins, beat Trinity in the 20/20 Cup.
Langley scored 151-6 with Ben Hobbs smashing 107no off just 70 balls.
In reply, Trinity posted 110-6, Frame (2-15) and Berzins (2-17) were the pick of the bowlers.
Skipper Frame was in a subdued mood.
“We had a great win on Thursday against a good Trinity side, Alex did very well on his first run out as skipper, Ben’s innings was chanceless and as good as any 20/20 innings I’ve seen, we then fielded and bowled well,” he said.
“We should have taken that into Saturday, I thought we bowled okay and didn’t have much luck. Appleton batted well and laid a good foundation and in reply we started poorly and just never got going. The batsmen struggled to cope with some good, accurate bowling. The only positive was Adam Cartwright who was superb, he got his head together and showed how good he can and will be. He needs to build on this effort. Kanthiraj bowled superbly and we just couldn’t handle him, we are in a relegation battle for sure and need to improve quickly”.
Langley now entertain Wayfarers on Saturday.