2nd XI Match Report 2nd July 2016

STEEPLE LANGFORD II – v – DORSET INDIANS

Langford welcomed Dorset Indians to The Wirr and invited them to bat first on what at the start of the game was an overcast but dry afternoon.  An early wicket in the 2nd over raised the home side’s spirits but the Indians’ other opener and the No 3 batsman then established themselves before the latter in particular started to play some very big shots.   It looked as if he was in a hurry with somewhere else to be which did in fact turn out to be the case.  While the Langford team were looking for the ball in the long grass of the adjacent field, he was on his mobile trying to change his shift at Dominoes.  Unable to do this, as soon as he was out for a quick and impressive 85, he packed his bags and was gone.  Darren Harvey brought a semblance of normality back to proceedings by bowling his 10 overs well taking 4 for 32 but couldn’t stop the Indians amassing a total of 234 before being all out in the penultimate over of their innings.  Chris Miles took 2 wickets as did Raj Kumar with the other two being run outs.  One of these was slightly unfortunate for the batsman as he seemed to mistake a very faded line on the adjacent strip with the actual batting crease and ended up short of his ground.     

With a big score to chase down and on what was now a bright sunny day, the Langford openers started positively and kept the scoreboard moving thanks to a combination of quick singles and boundaries.  Raj Kumar in particular looked in good form with some sweet drives and cuts but just after bringing up his half century he succumbed for 54.  Steve Emm (10) and Howard Smith (16) kept Kumar company at the start of the innings with young Harry Mould then looking very accomplished in the No 4 slot making 29 before being stumped.  Darren Harvey (16) also looked settled but just as he began to hit out he fell into the leg side trap and was caught on the boundary.  The remainder of the batting then fell away slightly leaving Chris Miles and Tony Gibson with his ‘if you see it; hit it’ style to ensure another batting point before the latter was the last out in the 38th over with the total on 176.

A good game of cricket played in good spirit but again, as with much of the season so far, Langford came up slightly short.  Maybe it was the sight of the Langford umpire Stu Emm doing press-ups at square leg that put the team off.