Lan­g­ley en­ter sec­ond half in third

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LAN­G­LEY 1st XI bounced back from last week’s dis­ap­point­ment with a solid dis­play away at the Wir­ral.

Asked to bat on a green, damp deck, Lan­g­ley lost opener Dave Cowen in the third over when be was bowled for two.

Olly Wheel­ton joined Sunny Ma­lik and the duo set about the bowl­ing, they plun­dered 79 off just 10 overs be­fore Wheel­ton was bowled for a fine 36.

Pat Hor­gan and Sunny Ma­lik con­tin­ued the good work and took the score to 145, Hor­gan was then bowled for a pol­ished 23.

Chris Pat­ti­son (1) soon fol­lowed as he mis­cued to point. Debu­tant Steve Whit­ting­ham (6) chipped to mid­wicket, Sunny Ma­lik then brought up his third cen­tury of the sea­son be­fore he was caught at slip for a su­perb 104 off just 74 balls.

When Matty Bet­teridge (2) was caught and bowled, Lan­g­ley had been re­duced to 180-7.

Credit to the tail, which all con­trib­uted – Si Pat­ter­son (15), Paddy Turner (7), Alex Berzins (11no) and David Frame (10) as Lan­g­ley posted 224 all out from 40 overs, leav­ing the Wir­ral 50 overs to chase down the to­tal.

In re­ply, Lan­g­ley got off to fan­tas­tic start as Turner bowled Holder first ball of the in­nings. Slight and Saw­ley dug in and saw off the new ball.

The in­tro­duc­tion of Si Pat­ter­son then in­duced a mini col­lapse and the hosts went from 26-1 to 50-4, as the spin bowler had Saw­ley (9) caught at gully, Muise (0) was caught be­hind first ball and Danny Devel­ing went the same way on five.

Slight con­tin­ued to defy the bowlers.

Along with Fletcher they got through to the halfway stage and with 25 overs gone the Wir­ral reached 71-4.

The curse of the drinks break then struck as Frame bowled Fletcher (5).

Whit­ting­ham re­placed Pat­ter­son and struck in his first over as Clewes (7) was well caught in the deep by Pat­ter­son.

Slight’s brave in­nings was then brought to an end as he was trapped LBW by Whit­ting­ham for a fine 55, Do­minic Devel­ing (4) was then bowled by Frame and when Gam­bles (4) chipped Whit­ting­ham to Turner at square leg, the hosts were in deep trou­ble at 102-9 with 14 overs re­main­ing.

Credit to Peel and Mor­ris, the for­mer mixed at­tack and de­fence and Mor­ris just solid de­fence.

The duo added 34 in 10 overs be­fore the in­tro­duc­tion of Ma­lik saw Peel caught be­hind for 38 as the Wir­ral were bowled out for 142 with just 20 balls left.

Best bowl­ing for Lan­g­ley was Whit­ting­ham 3-17 off six overs, Pat­ter­son 3-29 off eight overs, Frame 2-26 off 11 overs, Ma­lik 1-0 off 4 balls, Turner 1-30 off nine overs, Bet­teridge 0-29 off nine overs and Berzins 0-11 off three.

Lan­g­ley re­main in third place at the halfway stage of the sea­son and travel to Stret­ton next Satur­day.

Lan­g­ley 2nd XI also got back into win­ning form as they out­played Moss­ley.

Bat­ting first, Lan­g­ley racked up a record break­ing 245-0 off just 29 overs, Rick Hughes hit­ting 135no as­sisted by vet­eran Steve Boon 58no.

De­spite a solid start, Moss­ley were bowled out for 83.

Matt Bar­ber con­tin­ued his fine sea­son tak­ing 6-11, Dave Gre­gory chipped in with 2-5. They also sit in third place.

Rick Hughes and Steve Boon cel­e­brate their record-break­ing knock for Lan­g­ley sec­onds at the week­end

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