Lan­g­ley main­tain fine start

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL -

LAN­G­LEY 1st XI built on their gutsy dis­play from the first week of the sea­son with a com­fort­able win away at Lady­bridge.

The hosts elected to bat on a firm, green deck that was al­ways likely to of­fer the bowlers as­sis­tance.

Open­ers Clarke and Jones sur­vived a cou­ple of dropped slip catches and took the score to 18 when skip­per David Frame forced Jones (7) to mist­ime a pull shot and Hor­gan caught.

Clarke (17) fell next when Frame’s ploy of a short ex­tra cover saw the luck­less bats­man su­perbly caught by Mark Nadin with the score on 26-2.

The home­side looked to be build­ing a solid plat­form as Bishop and Robins took the score to 49, the in­nings then fell apart as they lost eight wick­ets for just 31 runs.

A mix up saw Bishop 15 run out, Sunny Ma­lik then trapped both Robins and Bick­nell LBW, Adam Cartwright bowled a great spell and was re­warded as he bowled Hussain.

Cowen re­placed the tal­ented young­ster and bowled Ward, another mix up saw Moore run out be­fore Ma­lik claimed the fi­nal two wick­ets, bowl­ing McGrill be­fore Shadwell was caught be­hind.

For Lan­g­ley, Sunny Ma­lik was pick of the at­tack tak­ing 4-5 off 8 overs, backed up by Frame 2-26 off 11 overs, Cowen 1-7 off 3 overs, Cartwright 1-19 off 7 overs and Turner 0-21 off 10.

In re­ply, Sunny Ma­lik and Dave Gre­gory opened the in­nings. Ma­lik plun­dered 24 off 15 balls be­fore he skied to deep mid on. Taimoor Ma­lik joined Gre­gory and the score reached 49 be­fore Ma­lik (1) chipped to square leg. It was left to Pat Hor­gan (19no) and Gre­gory (24no) to take Lan­g­ley to a de­served vic­tory in just 20 overs.

Lan­g­ley claimed 25 points and skip­per Frame said: “We bowled very well and if we had fielded bet­ter we could of re­stricted Lady­bridge to a much lower score. We must build on this per­for­mance and we can have a good year.”

Lan­g­ley en­ter­tain Way­far­ers on Satur­day.

The sec­ond team made it two wins out of two, beat­ing Prest­bury at home. Lan­g­ley scored 242-6 – Rick Hughes (85) and Tom Potts (51) – bat­ting well. Prest­bury were bowled out for 184, Matt Bar­ber 5-15 was the star bowler backed up by debu­tant Dan Jones who took 2-6.

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