Turner stars as Lan­g­ley make up ground

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE - LAN­G­LEY

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.

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