Langley maintain fine start
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.