2nd XI Match Report 11th June 2016

Steeple Langford 2nd XI v Bashley Rydal 4th XI

Very light drizzle was in the air when Langford 2nds entertained Bashley but both captains were keen to make a start and so Langford were invited to bat.  Things started promisingly with Simon Ford and Raj Kumar taking the score to 60 in the first 10 overs.  This was aided by a short boundary towards the lake which even a 7 / 2 field couldn’t defend.  Unfortunately, after such a bright start, Kumar (16), Ford (38) and Wheatley (1) all departed in quick succession leaving Rob Emm and Chris Miles to stabilise the middle order.  This they duly did getting to the half way drinks at 92 and, with wickets in hand, the prospect of a 200 plus score looked good.  The Bashley captain needed a break through and introduced a wily old campaigner who was very accurate and could move the ball both ways.  This turned the innings completely as Miles (21) was bowled, Luke Emm (12) caught followed by 3 ducks.  All the while Rob Emm was trying to hold things together but he was the last wicket to fall for exactly 50 and was the 6th wicket for Bashley’s Rob Paul.  Langford were eventually all out for 174 in the 37th over.

The damp outfield due to a 20 minute break for rain during the first innings meant that the ball had lost all of its shine and was starting to swell at the seams by the time Langford got to bowl.  This took away Chris Miles and Raj Kumar’s main weapon and so the opening pair were not nearly as threatening as they normally are.  Chances were few and far between and the Bahley openers were able to reduce the arrears without too much difficulty.  Darren Harvey and Matt Dhanji were called on to see what they could do but again the runs kept on coming although Harvey did manage to bowl one of the openers.  This only brought Bashley’s Anstee to the crease who batted particularly freely ending on (87 n.o.).  Langford tried what they could by ringing the changes with the bowling but it was all to no avail as the 175 target was reached in only the 29th over with no further loss of wickets.

A match that promised much for Langford half way through the first innings fizzled out into a bit of a thrashing.  The batting looked a little better but the bowling and fielding came up well short.