Pro­mo­tion dream at an end for Lan­g­ley

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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.

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