Langley in desperate need of lift
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.