Turner stars as Langley make up ground
LANGLEY 1st XI maintained their good form at the weekend with a gritty display at home to Chester County Offices.
Skipper David Frame won the toss and elected to bat, a decision which looked very poor as the homeside were soon reeling on 21-4.
Rik Hughes 0 was bowled, Pat Horgan 8 was caught behind, Olly Wheelton 5 also bowled and Sunny Malik 2 fell in similar fashion.
Stalwart Dave Gregory and Danny Brown doubled the score until the former on 16 mistimed a pull to mid on. Tanveer Ahmed hit a brisk 25 off just 15 balls to give the Innings some much needed momentum but when Matty Betteridge 2 was caught at square leg Langley were in deep trouble at 89-7.
Brown was joined by Si Patterson and the duo combined to turn the Innings around, mixing aggression and defence they added a tenacious 65 before Brown 62 was bowled, Paddy Turner 0 fell 2 balls later and it was left to Patterson 44 and Frame 3no to add 20 valuable runs as Langley closed on 173 all out.
In reply a fired up Turner struck in his first over, bowling the dangerous Downham, he claimed a second wicket in the fifth over bowling Barlow as Chester struggled to 7-2. Dodd and Puts on fought back both playing some fine drives, with the score on 39 Betteridge trapped Dodd 19 lbw, the next over saw Malik bowl Padstow 20 and when Betteridge dismissed Hickey 2 also LBW Langley were firmly in command with the visitors 45-5. Credit must go to Holland and Green who stubbornly dug in defying the attack for 14 overs, just when Chester looked like getting back into the match, Frame had Holland 19 adjudged LBW with the score on 76-6 with 15 over left.
Patterson then struck twice bowling Johnson 2 and then the talented Green 26 was another to be given out LBW. It was left to Turner to return and bowl the final 2 batsman as Chester were all out for 118.
Langley still remain in third place but made ground on Maritime, and entertain Wistaston next Saturday.