Rel­e­ga­tion threat looms for Lan­g­ley

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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.

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