Promotion dream at an end for Langley
Smith, Fin McCance and Craig Melrose all went for single figures, with East joining the wicket taking carousel, as Macc couldn’t regain any momentum. Now at 61-7, a victory was a very tall order.
Marsden offered any remaining hope as he struck some well timed shots to the fence and he was well supported by Jim Melrose (9). The pair threatened to bring Macc back into the game as they put on 24, but just as they were looking comfortable, Melrose was caught behind and Macc were now 85-8.
Not long after, pace bowler, East, claimed his 4th wicket as he saw Marsden chop on for a very good 29. And then to finish things off, Kashif earned his five-for as he trapped Chris Moores LBW, spin- ning his side to victory. East finished with 4-23 and Kashif, 5-19 as Macc were all out for 89 in the 40th over. Oulton Park take 25 points and a big step towards the title as Macc take four points and slip down to third in the table.
Next week sees Macc at home to Weaverham in a 12.30 start at Victoria Road, in a game sponsored by The Park Tavern. LANGLEY 1st XI suffered major disappointment at the weekend when they were completley outplayed by promotion rivals Maritime on the Wirral.
Asked to bat first, Langley could muster only 65 runs inside 20 overs. Top scoring was Sunny Malik (18) and only two other batsman reached double figures – Chris Pattison and Steve Whittingham both scoring 13.
In reply, despite two early Paddy Turner wickets, Maritime cruised to victory by eight wickets with Morris smashing 51 off just 26 balls.
Langley’s promotion push is all but over, having failed to win in their last three matches. They remain in third place but are only three points ahead of Chester in fourth.
Langley 2nd XI fared much better as they defeated Haslington 3rd team. Langley hit 270-4, Tom Potts with a superb 103 assisted by Steven Boon (57). Haslington were then bowled out for 130, Matt Barber taking three wickets.
Langley 2nd XI Remain in second place but are 53 points behind Cholmondeley.