2nd XI Match Report - 6th May 2017

STEEPLE LANGFORD II v REDLYNCH & HALE III

After a hectic week trying to find a full team it was only ten Langford men that took to the pitch for the first game of the season and one of them had to go at tea. Redlynch won the toss and elected to bat. The first wicket fell in the 3rd over but it wasn’t until the 18th over that another went when the score was 79. At the mid innings point Redlynch looked well set on 84 for 3 but the loss of their opener for 42 just before drinks seemed to turn the tide. Three further quick wickets gave Langford hope of chasing a relatively low total, however, the Redlynch number eight took a more aggressive approach and knocked a quick fire 31 not out to eventually leave them on 161 for 9 at the end of their 42 overs. All the Langford bowlers did well: Matt Dhanji 2 for 41, Chris Miles 2 for 31, Jamie Crosier 1 for 26 and Nathan Hill 4 for 26 being the wicket takers.

Adi Hughes and Matt Dhanji opened the reply for Langford with Hughes immediately being dropped by the keeper without scoring. This was to be the stroke of luck Langford needed as he went on to anchor the innings scoring an excellent 71. Hughes was well support by Nathan Hill who scored 34 (91 partnership) to complete a good individual game with both bat and ball and when he was out young colt Angus Steele kept things moving nicely. Hughes eventually fell in the 36th over with 14 runs still required. A maiden built the pressure a little but a big straight six from Luke Emm meant Langford eventually secured the win with only five wickets lost. Young Steele ended 21 not out and looked totally at home playing in senior league cricket.

A good win against an experienced side bodes well for the rest of the season particularly if a full eleven man team can be put out in the future.

Chris Miles