Double Success for Club

A belated review of the Season Finale!

A long summer of rain came to a close in the warm sunshine of Steeple Langford on Saturday to celebrations of a double championship win for the club, with both the first and second teams winning their respective leagues! This time two seasons ago, it was all doom and gloom as the club suffered complete opposite fortunes as both sides were relegated with only 3 wins between them. However, since then the club has gone from strength to strength! The 1st XI bounced straight back with an unbeaten season during their 2011 campaign and have shot up through RDNW2 in style, losing just one game all season! They have seen some great individual performances as Tom Bennett has been Mr Reliable with the bat and Luke Stephens has looked great with the ball. However, these two have had their feet up the past couple of weeks, as 3 weeks running they’ve had their games called off due to poor weather! This managed to take them over the line, much to the delight of everyone at the club. In stark contrast, a young 2nd XI have had to work hard to catch up on lost ground due to a sticky patch at the start of the season. Last week’s win put them top of the pile of RDNW4 going into the final game against Alderholt II, who had been top for most of the season, and the winner of the game would come out with the title. With this in mind, skipper Darren Harvey won the toss and elected to bowl. Some tight bowling from Gary Smith (1-4 off 7.2 overs) and Nick Partridge (4-27) restricted the visitors early on, and they were always on the back foot from there. Looking to score quick runs, Dan Bennett managed to remove 2 in one over after drinks to bring a flurry of wickets. Darren Harvey chipped in with 2-15 and Alderholt were bowled out for 114. Langford lost early wickets in their reply, but a steady innings from club chairman, Andy Foyle, playing in his usual anchor, assisted by a cameo from Harvey, led his side over the line to send Langford to victory and the club’s 2nd league title of the day!