Team reports

Sat 2nd July 11

Steeple Langford 1st XI 193 for 9(23) v Mottisfont 78 for 10(7) Langford hosted 3rd placed Mottisfont on Saturday and didn’t get off to the best of starts when captain, Tom Dennis, lost the toss and was asked to bat on a dry hard wicket, showing signs of wear which was going to offer a bit for the bowlers late on. After losing Stuart Partridge early on, Phil Tompkins arrived at the crease and supported Tom Bennett well, who scored quickly and reached a well deserved 50 at drinks with Langford well set on 93 for 1. However, shortly after drinks Bennett went after a half tracker, top edging it to backward point and departed with 52. Chris Mundy then hauled out to short midwicket for 17 and Martin Grearson supported Tompkins to his 50 before Tompkins was trapped LBW for 58. Langford then lost a couple of quick wickets to questionable umpiring decisions, slowing their momentum. However, Captain Dennis led a late flurry with Paddy Goodman 11 which saw Langford finish on 193 for 9 at tea, thought to be 30-40 runs short by most the camp. After tea, Dennis rallied his troops and instructed the team to keep their focus and discipline in order to win the game. This rallying cry was answered as Gary Smith struck early to remove the opener. This meant Mottisfont never really gained any momentum, and wickets fell regularly, Smith claiming 4-36 and Luke Stephens 5-25. Mark Thompson chipped in with 1-9 off his three overs to see Langford to what turned out to be a convincing victory after only 26.4 overs, keeping Langford firmly rooted to the top of the table. The 2nds, however, suffered their 2nd defeat of the season after travelling to Berwick St James to face Shrewton III. Darren Harvey’s side were bowled out by the final ball of their innings, scoring 169. However, it wasn’t enough as their opposition knocked it off easily, meaning Langford II drop a place to 3rd in the table.