Langley can’t force deserved win
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.