Week­end of pos­i­tives for Lan­g­ley

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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.

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