Weekend of positives for Langley
LANGLEY 1st XI moved up to second place with a home win at home to Wistaston at the weekend.
The hosts won the toss and elected to bat on a firm but slightly damp wicket.
They got off to a solid start, adding 28 before Paddy Turner bowled G Botham for 16. The wicket seemed to inspire the youngster, who upped his pace and struck twice more four overs later as he bowled both Collins (1) and D. Botham first ball as the visitors struggled to 32-3.
Matty Betteridge at the other end was bowling well but without any luck – but he soon put that right when he bowled Thornhill (6) and then trapped Muduli (0) LBW first ball.
Skipper David Frame replaced Turner and struck in his first over when opener Owen (15) chipped to Sunny Malik at midwicket as Wistaston faltered to 45-6.
After a rain delay, Titus and Borio dug in, adding a stubborn 21 in 14 overall before Frame bowled the latter for 8.
Titus continued to play the anchor role as the lower order tried to hit out.
It was Malik who took the final three wickets.
Kingdom (10) was well caught in the deep by Danny Brown, Hogben (4) skied one and was well caught by Malik and Whittingham superbly caught Hobson (8) at deep mid off as Wistaston closed on 104 all out.
For Langley, Malik 3-20 off 7.4 overs, Turner 3-47 off 13 overs, Frame 2-9 off 9 overs and Betteridge 2-15 off 14 overs all bowled well.
After a superb Cartwright tea, Malik opened with Chris Pattison.
They made a brisk start, hitting 37 in eight overs before Pattison (5) was bowled by the pacy Hobson.
A mini collapse took place as Adam Cartwright was bowled first ball and Olly Wheelton (0) fell in the same manner as Hobson claimed all three wickets to leave Langley wobbling at 45-3.
Pat Horgan joined Malik and the duo saw off the openers.
Gradually, Malik began to hit out in style and the pair took Langley to victory, adding 60 in just eight overs.
Malik hit 88 not out off just 92 balls and was well supported by Horgan (7no).
The result meant Langley overtook Maritime and moved into second place, 27 points behind leaders Stretton and four points ahead of Maritime.
The win completed a great week as Langley reached the finals day of the Plate 20/20 Cup with a superb victory away at high flying Hale Barns on Thursday night.
Led by Dave Cowen Hale Barns were restricted to 112 all out with Steve Whittingham taking 4-20. In reply Langley reached their target with a ball left as Malik hit 40 and Horgan 23.