Langley enter second half in third
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