2nd XI Match Report 14th May 2016

Steeple Langford 2nd XI  v  Redlynch & Hale 2nd XI 

With the first team being short of players a couple of the regular second teamers were not available meaning there was a youthful feel to the team this week (apart from Stuart Emm of course who was yet again dragged kicking and screaming out of retirement).  Special thanks must also go to Paul Long who was drafted in at the last minute.

Langford batted first with Adie Hughes looking to take his anger out on the Redlynch bowlers as his beloved Derby County were losing in the Championship play-off semi-final.  He timed his eventual dismissal perfectly on 48 to avoid the jug.  Raj Kumar (20) initially kept Hughes company before young Joe McNeilly, promoted up the order in the absence of more experienced players, batted well for a solid 28.  The innings then slowly subsided with the only other scores in double figures being Matt Dhanji (12), Paul Long (14 n.o.) and Tony Gibson (10), leaving Langford 172 all out.    

Raj Kumar and young Matt Dhanji opened the bowling with Kumar in particular moving the ball prodigiously.  His 2 for 20 off 10 straight overs was scant reward for an excellent spell.  Dhanji also bowled well and over the course of two spells finished with figures of 4 for 43.  At one stage Redlynch were 32 for 4 and looking in trouble but a 78 run sixth wicket stand and an excellent 72 from young Souter turned things around for the visitors.  Darren Harvey (3 for 34) applied some good pressure such that the ninth wicket went down in the 34th over with 14 runs still needed to win leaving the match on a knife edge.  Unfortunately for Langford, the last wicket just wouldn’t come and in a very tense finish the Redlynch captain nursed his team to the win.      

An excellent tight game of cricket throughout although another loss for the Langford 2nds.  The standout moment of the day has to be a stunning diving catch by Adie Hughes at backward point; he must have still had something sticky on his hands after making the tea.