Lan­g­ley in des­per­ate need of lift

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LAN­G­LEY 1st XI con­tinue to strug­gle – de­spite a much im­proved dis­play they suf­fered an­other de­feat at home to Way­far­ers.

The vis­i­tors won the toss and elected to bowl, Lan­g­ley got off to a shock­ing start as they em­bar­rass­ingly stum­bled to 9-3, Pat­ti­son 1 pinned LBW, Luke Cartwright 0 caught be­hind and Jack­lin 6 chipped to mid wicket.

Hobbs and Brown then fought back and lead the re­cov­ery, both solid in de­fence and despatch­ing any­thing loose, they pushed the score to 73 un­til Brown 27 was caught at slip, Bet­teridge 3 soon fol­lowed as he chipped to mid off and when next ball Hobbs 38 was caught in the deep Lan­g­ley were back in deep trou­ble on 83-6 off 26 overs.

Letven play­ing his first game of the sea­son and vet­eran Gre­gory led an­other much needed fight back, both saw off the more than use­ful spin of Mush­taq, the duo bat­ted for the re­main­ing 19 overs, ad­ding 75 runs as Lan­g­ley posted 158-6, Letven 46no and Gre­gory 23no both fac­ing 57 balls, for Way­far­ers Mush­taq was the pick tak­ing 3-33.

In re­ply, Frame and Bet­teridge bowled tidily with only 14 runs scored off nine overs be­fore Bet­teridge bowled Wright (9).

The lit­tle pace­man then dis­missed Clinch (6) in the same fash­ion as Way­far­ers were re­duced to 21-2.

Mush­taq and Zeb both played ag­gres­sively, tak­ing the score to 64 when Zeb 13 was caught and bowled by Berzins.

Mush­taq (37) was then caught by Pat­ti­son at mid wicket off Brown with the score on 80-4.

The game was evenly poised when Luke Cartwright claimed two wick­ets in his sec­ond over. Smith (5) was stumped and Wa­heed (6) was caught at fine leg by Bet­teridge.

Way­far­ers were 106-6 off 36 overs. Has­sard (33no) and Mathews (30no) then took the game away the hosts, both strik­ing the ball well they took the vis­i­tors to 159-6 with five balls re­main­ing.

Cartwright (2-26 off four overs), Bet­teridge (2-42 off 12 overs), Berzins (1-17 off nine overs), Brown (1-23 off seven overs), Frame (0-18 off nine overs) and Letven (0-22 off four overs) were the bowlers.

Lan­g­ley sit third bot­tom, one point ahead of Peover and six in front of CCO.

Skipper Frame was once again dis­ap­pointed “We gave our­selves a moun­tain to climb at 9-3.

“Credit to Danny and Ben who led the ini­tial fight­back, it was great to have Let­ters back he and Greg­gers gave us a score to de­fend.

“But in truth we were 20 short, we bowled well and at 100-6 I thought we were not go­ing to lose Has­sard and Mathews bat­ted very well and gave us no chances un­til the game had gone.

“The op­po­si­tion keep telling us we are to good to go down, but I’ve heard that all be­fore – we need a win des­per­ately.”

Lan­g­ley travel to the Wir­ral next week­end.

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