Poor bat­ting sees Lan­g­ley slip off pace

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - LAN­G­LEY CC

LAN­G­LEY 1st XI trav­elled to league lead­ers Stret­ton at the week­end and, af­ter a promis­ing field­ing and bowl­ing dis­play, were let down by some poor bat­ting.

The hosts were asked to bat and lost two early wick­ets as Matt Bet­teridge bowled Ashraf (4) and David Frame dis­missed Im­ran (0) in the same man­ner.

Ma­lik and Rat­na­ganri fought back, both strik­ing the ball well, and they took the score to 57 be­fore Frame trapped Ma­lik (12) LBW.

Mir (6) soon fol­lowed LBW to Bet­teridge with the score on 64.

Rat­na­ganri con­tin­ued to at­tack and reached his half cen­tury.

He took his score to 56 be­fore he was caught be­hind off Bet­teridge, with the score on 91-5.

The Stret­ton tail then strug­gled – from 110-5 they folded to 124 all out,

Sunny Ma­lik had Yusaf (3) caught be­hind, Steve Whit­ting­ham su­perbly caught and bowled Zubairi (25) and he then had Bi­hal (0) well caught in the deep by Danny Brown be­fore Ma­lik bowled the last two bats­man.

For Lan­g­ley, Ma­lik 3-28 off seven overs, Bet­teridge 3-40 off 13 overs, Whit­ting­ham 2-8 off two overs and Frame 2-40 off eight overs bowled well.

Af­ter a su­perb curry tea, the Lan­g­ley bats­men found life tough against some quick, ac­cu­rate bowl­ing.

Chris Pat­ti­son (1) was bowled, Sunny Ma­lik (0) was LBW first ball and Rick Hughes (5) bowled as Lan­g­ley col­lapsed to 11-3.

Olly Wheel­ton and Pat Hor­gan tried to fight back and the score reached 22 when the un­for­tu­nate Wheel­ton (12) was run out.

Hor­gan and Danny Brown took the score to 35, the for­mer then chipped to mid­wicket af­ter scor­ing 11.

The Lan­g­ley mid­dle or­der then col­lapsed in dra­matic style.

Dave Cowen was caught at short fine leg, Steve Whit­ting­ham LBW first ball, Bet­teridge bowled as was Dave Gre­gory first ball as Lan­g­ley lost five wick­ets for five runs.

Brown and Frame did rally, adding 16 be­fore Frame was LBW for an­other duck as Lan­g­ley were all out for a pal­try 56, Brown left on 20no.

Lan­g­ley re­main in third place but slip off the pace of the top two and en­ter­tain Chea­dle next week.

Lan­g­ley 2nd XI also lost at home to Holmes Chapel. Lan­g­ley hit 216-9, Dave Letven the top scorer with 56no, as­sisted by Steve Boon 49.

Holmes Chapel reached their tar­get for the loss of seven wick­ets.

Lan­g­ley slip to fourth po­si­tion but are just five points be­hind sec­ond place.

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