Lan­g­ley up to third af­ter Ch­ester win

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LAN­G­LEY CCs first team made the long trip to Ch­ester County Of­fices at the week­end and af­ter a hard fought tus­sle against a good side came away with max­i­mum points.

Skip­per David Frame elected to bowl on an­other great deck, a de­ci­sion which seemed to have back­fired as Sunny Ma­lik (0) was caught at fine leg and Pat Ho­gan (0) was caught at third man with only two runs on the board.

Dave Gre­gory and Rick Hughes stead­ied the ship tak­ing the score to 26 be­fore Gre­gory (6) was ad­judged to have gloved to the keeper and Hughes (12) was bowled, Lan­g­ley wob­bling to 28-4.

Olly Wheel­ton and Ad­nan Ghaz­an­far then ral­lied to lead a stir­ring fightback.

In the face of some good bowl­ing they mixed ag­gres­sion and de­fence, the pair adding 98 in 16 overs be­fore Ghaz­an­far was well caught at deep mid on for 59.

Matt Bet­teridge joined Wheel­ton and con­tin­ued the fightback.

The score reached 156 when Wheel­ton was caught and bowled for a su­perb 71 off just 72 ball, a fan­tas­tic ef­fort from the 17-year-old.

Dave Cowen and Bet­teridge then added a cru­cial 50 runs in just seven overs.

With the score on 206, Cowen (26) was stumped.

The tail tried to wag but credit to the Ch­ester attack who hit back. Bet­teridge (29) was also stumped, Alex Berzins (0) and Edd John­son (0) were both bowled, leav­ing Frame 5no as Lan­g­ley posted 222 all out.

In re­ply, Berzins struck early as Dodd (8) chipped to mid off.

Ch­ester then took control as Down­ham (59) and Hickey (36) pun­ished any­thing loose, adding 91 in 15 overs be­fore Ma­lik bowled both in con­sec­u­tive overs.

Ch­ester never seemed to re­cover from this set­back as Ma­lik had Flana­gan (0) caught be­hind and then bowled Rule (19), Frame then trapped Bir­chall (5) LBW and bowled Green (15).

Ma­lik then had Ad­virker (5) well caught by Frame at mid on as Ch­ester strug­gled to 149-8.

It was left to the open­ing bowlers to claim the fi­nal two wick­ets as Berzins had Beacham (8) caught at point and Bet­teridge bowled Bar­low (20) as Ch­ester were all out for 183.

Ma­lik was the stand out bowler, tak­ing 5-54 off 12 overs, backed up by Frame 2-37 off 10 overs, Berzins 2-45 off 9 overs and Bet­teridge 1-47 off 7 overs.

Lan­g­ley climb up to third place, 20 points be­hind lead­ers Mar­itime and five off Stret­ton.

Skip­per Frame was in a ju­bi­lant mood.

“We had four play­ers miss­ing from last week, but the lads who came in did well,” he said. “Olly Wheel­ton’s in­nings was su­perb, I never saw that coming, he showed what a great timer of the all he is, at 28-4 we were in deep trou­ble, Ad­nan, DC and Bet­ters all chipped in to, what a great 6,7 and 8 to have.

“I knew they would have to bat well to chase that score and 100-1 they were on top, Sunny bowled a great spell and turned the game.

“We have a good team spirit and must be­lieve in our­selves, if we do we can sur­prise a few peo­ple.”

Lan­g­ley travel to Wis­tas­ton next Satur­day.

Lan­g­ley 2nd XI un­der the lead­er­ship of Tim Moore nar­rowly lost at home to Wins­ford, Lan­g­ley posted 186-4, the ev­er­green Rick Laughton hit 53, Dave Letven 33no, Wins­ford reached their tar­get for loss of 7 wick­ets, Letven took 4-33.

They now sit in fourth place.

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