Langley shine on favoured wicket

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - DAVID FRAME

LANGLEY’S first XI made the long jour­ney to Wir­ral Cricket Club at the week­end and won their first league game for seven weeks at a venue they have tra­di­tion­ally per­formed well at.

The hosts won the toss and elected to bowl on a firm but green deck.

Skip­per Frame went back to an old and tested the­ory and elected to open with vet­eran Gre­gory and Pat­ti­son in an at­tempt to find a so­lu­tion to the open­ing part­ner­ship with only eight runs yielded in the last three matches.

Both rode their luck, sur­viv­ing dropped catches and run out chances.

But in be­tween there were some fine shots from both as the portly duo added 61 in 13 overs be­fore Pat­ti­son was caught at mid off for a fine 42.

Hobbs joined Gre­gory and they con­tin­ued the good work, push­ing the score to 115-1 off 25 overs when the heav­ens opened. Early tea was taken and eight overs were lost.

The rain had a dras­tic ef­fect on the pitch and added some se­ri­ous spice.

Gre­gory had another mo­ment of mad­ness when play re­sumed as he hit the ball straight to point and set off for a sui­ci­dal run.

He seemed to lose all his senses as he was left stranded in the mid­dle of the pitch. He had scored a valu­able 29, but from 120-2 Langley col­lapsed in an all too fa­mil­iar fash­ion.

Luke Cartwright (1) was yet again LBW, Adam Cartwright (2) caught at mid on, Tift (0) chipped a full toss to mid-wicket, Hobbs (62) drove to mid off, Letven (0) was bowled, Pat­ter­son (0) was caught and bowled and when Bet­teridge (8) was caught at mid on, Langley had been re­duced to 152-9, los­ing eight wick­ets for 32 runs.

Frame (6no) and Berzins (10) re­stored some order, adding 20 runs for the fi­nal wicket be­fore the lat­ter was caught in the deep as Langley were all out for 172.

Slight (5-44) and Gam­ble (3-31) both bowled well for Wir­ral.

In re­ply, the home side got off to a tor­rid start as Frame had Jones (0) caught at mid-wicket by Tift, Bet­teridge had Peel (0) caught be­hind and bowled both Clewes (1) and Hen­wood (0).

When Frame trapped Sew­ley (1) LBW, the Wir­ral were in dire trou­ble on 9-5.

Slight and Hooks showed some grit, but when the for­mer gloved Bet­teridge to slip they had fallen to 23-6.

It was to be the last wicket for the lit­tle pace­man who was asked to stop bowl­ing for safety rea­sons.

Frame then trapped John­son (2) LBW, Hooks (16) was caught be­hind off Berzins, Frame had Peel (2) caught at mid-off and Berzins claimed the fi­nal wicket as Gar­rett was bowled for eight as the Wir­ral slipped to 59 all out.

For Langley, Frame took 4-12 off nine overs, Bet­teridge 4-22 off seven overs and Berzins 2-11 off three overs.

On Fri­day, Langley crashed out of the 20/20 Cup af­ter Heaton Mersey posted 171-5.

Bet­teridge (2-15) was the pick of the bowlers. In re­ply, Langley could only muster 89 all out, Hobbs (30) their top scorer.

Skip­per Frame was much re­lieved af­ter a bar­ron spell: “That was a much needed win, I felt con­fi­dent this morn­ing.

“We have al­ways played well here on a wicket that gives bat­ters and bowlers a chance.

“The toss was cru­cial, in hind­sight it was a good one to lose, Greg­gers, Chris and Ben gave us a su­perb plat­form but the rain had a mas­sive ef­fect on the wicket.

“It was tough but I felt we pan­icked and again the mid­dle order un­der per­formed.

“Bet­ters bowled very well and we both made use of the con­di­tions, the um­pires asked me to take him off which was a shame, I think he would have taken six or seven wick­ets.

“Alex took his chance and claimed a key cou­ple of wick­ets, credit to the um­pires and the Wir­ral who got the game played, es­pe­cially the Wir­ral as we were well on top and they could of asked to come off.

“They are a good set of lads and hope they do well. We have a few missing and are thread­bare next week, so this win was vi­tal.”

Langley moved up to sev­enth place and en­ter­tain Alder­ley Park next week.

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