Lan­g­ley can’t force de­served win

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE - CRICKET

LAN­G­LEY 1st trav­elled to Way­far­ers at the week­end and de­spite dom­i­nat­ing the match could not force home a much de­served win

Slip­per David Frame won the toss and elected to bowl on slow wicket.

Sunny Ma­lik and Chris Pat­ti­son opened and took the score to 27 be­fore Ma­lik (13) was caught in the cov­ers.

Pat Hor­gan joined Pat­ti­son the lat­ter looked in good touch and started to com­mand the in­nings, the score reached 45 when Pat­ti­son mis­judged a sin­gle and Hor­gan 1 run out. Olly Wheel­ton (0) soon fol­lowed also caught in the cov­ers.

Vet­eran Dave Letven fresh from two half cen­turies from the sec­onds and Pat­ti­son needed to show some grit.

The lat­ter dug in and Pat­ti­son went on the at­tack as they pushed the score to 102. Pat­ti­son (68) then skied to cover.

The bowl­ing was tight and ac­cu­rate and the mid­dle or­der found life tough.

Danny Brown (5) was stumped, Dave Cowen (2) sliced to point and when Letven (27) chipped to mid-wicket Lan­g­ley were 142-7 with 6 overs re­main­ing.

Steve Whit­ting­ham (43no) and Alex Berzins (13no) then tipped the match strongly in Lan­g­ley’s favour, hit­ting 55 runs, in­clud­ing 30 off the last 2 overs, as Lan­g­ley posted 197-7 off 45 overs.

Way­far­ers in re­ply got off to a woe­ful start as Frame trapped Sul­tan (5) LBW in his first over.

Paddy Turner then took over, claim­ing 4 quick wick­ets in a hos­tile spell, he bowled Clinch (0), Hus­sain (0), Mush­taq (7) and Un­mann (0) to leave the hosts 20-5 off just 11 overs.

Smith (11) and Abid (19) dou­bled the score be­fore Ma­lik dis­missed them both caught be­hind and bowled with the to­tal on 48-7 off 25 overs.

Credit to Hus­sain and Ben­nett who at­tempted to play a few shots, they ral­lied the in­nings adding 61 in 10 cru­cial overs be­fore Turner re­turned and had Ben­nett 25 caught be­hind. Lan­g­ley had 10 overs to claim 2 wick­ets.

Berzins was in­tro­duced into the at­tack and sec­ond ball saw Hus­sain (42) well caught by Hor­gan, there were now 4 overs to claim the fi­nal wicket, it was not to be as Butt (10) and Mape (5) saw Way­far­ers through to a draw as they closed on 129-9. Turner was the stand out bowler tak­ing 5-47 off 14 overs, backed up by Ma­lik 2-19 off 8 overs, Frame 1-6 off 9 overs and Berzins 1-4 off 3 overs.

Lan­g­ley stay in third place and en­ter­tain Ch­ester County Of­fices next week­end.

Lan­g­ley twos recorded a great win at home to Win­ning­ton Park, Lan­g­ley hit 219-6 skip­per Andy Man­nion top scor­ing with 53 (in­clud­ing 3 sixes) Isaac An­der­son (50) and Rick Laughton (49), Win­ning­ton were then bowled out for 197 with an over left, Matt Bar­ber cel­e­brated the ar­rival of his new arm­chair by tak­ing 5-55.

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