Lan­g­ley let Way­far­ers off the hook

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL -

LAN­G­LEY 1st XI en­ter­tained Way­far­ers at the week­end and de­spite be­ing on top for most of the game could not force the vic­tory.

On a cloudy and very cold day skip­per David Frame won the toss and elected to bat. The hosts got off to a fly­ing start as Sunny Ma­lik in his usual flam­boy­ant mood at­tacked bowl­ing as­sisted by David Gre­gory the duo added 71 in just 10 overs be­fore Gre­gory 2 mis­judged a sin­gle and was run out.

Adam Cartwright joined Ma­lik and the pair con­tin­ued the good work, Ma­lik reached a su­perb cen­tury off just 47 balls in just 63 min­utes, a sparkling ef­fort, Cartwright showed great ma­tu­rity scor­ing 25 be­fore he was caught and bowled with the score on 175 of 23 overs.

Ma­lik even­tu­ally per­ished for 167 off just 70 balls, hit­ting 22 fours and 9 sixes, with the score on 221. Pat Hor­gan 15, Danny Brown 25, Dave Cowen 0, Si Pat­ter­son 6 and Matty Bet­teridge 28no all at­tempted to push the score along as Lan­g­ley posted 277-7 off 39 overs as they de­clared giving Way­far­ers 51 overs to bat.

Way­far­ers lost Clinch 5 early on when he was bowled by Paddy Turner. Sul­tan and Abid stead­ied the ship and took the score to 71, be­fore Sul­tan 31 was trapped LBW by Pater­son. Abid reached a fine half cen­tury he was then bowled by Alex Berzins with the score on 92. This wicket seemed sig­nal the end of Way­far­ers at­tempt to win the game, Hus­sain and Ma­lik de­fied the bowlers for 50 min­utes un­til the for­mer was caught at mod on by Brown for 16, Smith 15 hit a cou­ple of fine blows and sur­vived a strong ap­peal for a catch be­hind, he was even­tu­ally bowled by Turner.

Frame made sev­eral bowl­ing changes which saw Pat­ter­son re­turn to the at­tack and take 2 quick wick­ets as he has Zeb 3 LBW and Wil­liams 2 well caught at short mid­wicket by Cowen. How­ever with lit­tle as­sis­tance in the wicket Ma­lik 36no and Bald­win 2no saw Way­far­ers to 171-7 off 51 overs.

Pat­ter­son 3-53, Berzins 2-10 and Turner 2-42 took the wick­ets. The bowlers toiled away but were just un­able to take Lan­g­ley to vic­tory. Lan­g­ley col­lected 16 point and Way­far­ers 14 points. Lan­g­ley sit in sixth place af­ter three games with 55 points, 20 points off lead­ers Mar­itime.

Skip­per Frame was pleased yet dis­ap­pointed: “Sunny bat­ted su­perbly and put us in a very strong po­si­tion, Cartwright played his best in­nings for the first team and Matty played a great cameo at the end. How­ever the wicket of­fered very lit­tle as­sis­tance to the bowlers, but they grafted away and never gave up. We had a cou­ple of de­ci­sions not go our way, but that’s cricket, Pat­ter­son and Berzins both bowled very well and can do very well for us this sea­son.”

Lan­g­ley travel to Ch­ester County Of­fices next week­end.

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