1st XI Match Report 23rd April 2016

Friendly v South Wilts 3rds

Steeple Langford 1st XI kicked off their 2016 season with a 6 wicket defeat at home to South Wilts 3rds. Put into bat on a surprisingly firm track, the home side lost 2 early wickets before skipper Andy Bennett (17) and Tom Dennis (21) steady the ship with a stand of 48. After losing both in quick succession, Luke Emm (21) and Gary Smith (18) then put on 41 before the innings capitulated to 116 all out. In reply, Steeple Langford needed to take early wickets to stand any chance of winning but this failed to materialise with the cautious South Wilts openers Rowe (48) and Smith putting on 81 for the first wicket. Langford then took 4 quick wickets but it was too little too late as Smith finished unbeaten on 39 to see the away side home to a comfortable win. Bennett used 8 bowlers to get some valuable overs under their belt prior to the league starting, the pick being Tom Bennett 1 for 7, Tom Dhanji 2 for 10 and Matt Dhanji 1 for 28.