Rel­e­ga­tion fears eased by vic­tory

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - DAVID FRAME

LAN­G­LEY con­tin­ued their resur­gence in form with a hard fought win away at Over Peover with Paddy Turner and Dave Gre­gory putting in fine per­for­mances.

Asked to bat on a damp wicket, Lan­g­ley got off to a poor start los­ing both their premier bats­man cheaply as Pat­ti­son (6) was caught in the cov­ers and Hobbs (5) was bowled by a ball that cut back, with only 11 on the board.

Vet­eran Gre­gory and Luke Cartwright both dug in, en­sur­ing Lan­g­ley did not sub­side in an em­bar­rass­ing fashion.

They took the score to 54 in 23 overs be­fore Cartwright (20) was caught be­hind.

Tift joined Gre­gory and they pushed the score to 82, be­fore Tift (7) was bowled.

Gre­gory con­tin­ued to defy the bowlers, mix­ing solid de­fence with a stub­born across the line swipe.

The score reached 91 with 10 overs re­main­ing and the Lan­g­ley bats­men looked to hit out.

In­stead, they strug­gled in tough con­di­tions against some tight bowl­ing.

Letven (7) chipped to mid on, Gre­gory was stumped for fine 44, Ge­orge Parry (2) was caught in the cov­ers, Tony Parry (7) was caught at mid wicket, Berzins (11) was stumped, Turner (2) mis­judged a run and was run out leav­ing skip­per Frame (1no) as Lan­g­ley posted 116 all out.

Mark Nightin­gale 4-27 was the pick of the at­tack.

In re­ply, the re­called Turner strug­gled for his length as skip­per Frame kept things tight.

The young­ster then found his rhythm in fan­tas­tic style as had Gosling (4) caught at mid off, Owen (7) was de­ceived by a slower ball and was caught and bowled and Bodymeade (7) was trapped LBW. Tucker was then run out as Peover strug­gled to 25-4.

Berzins re­placed Turner and bowled Gold­straw (7) with the score on 34-5.

In­gar­jola and M Nightin­gale fought back and the duo put the pres­sure back on the bowlers.

Turner re­turned to the at­tack and struck im­me­di­ately bowl­ing In­gar­jola (20) and O’Don­aghue (4), Letven then had M Nightin­gale (8) caught at slip.

Rot­ten­bury and B Nightin­gale showed re­sis­tance and for six overs looked to be tak­ing Peover to a un­likely win how­ever Turner re­fused to be de­fied bowl­ing Rot­ten­bury (2) and then Mills (0) as Peover were all out for 88.

Turner put in a fan­tas­tic dis­play, talk­ing a ca­reer best 7-22 off 11.4 overs, as­sisted by Berzins 1-16 off 9 overs, Letven 1-24 off 7 overs and Frame 0-18 off 13 overs.

The re­sult saw Lan­g­ley rise to fifth in the ta­ble and ease any rel­e­ga­tion wor­ries.

Skip­per Frame was in a happy mood as he said: “With all the rain we had bat­ting was al­ways go­ing to be tough. Los­ing Ben and Chris early left us in trou­ble. Greg­gers did a great job as did Luke, the mid­dle or­der strug­gled and I felt we were 20 short.

“Credit to Paddy he’s had a tough start to the sea­son but bounced back in style. I’m re­ally pleased for him. All the bowlers did well and it was a hard fought win against a good side who don’t de­serve to be bot­tom. They have some good play­ers and I hope they turn things round. We have a tough game at home to Stret­ton next week and must raise our game again”.

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