2nd XI Match Report 6th August 2016

STEEPLE LANGFORD II – v – TOTTON & ELING III

Buoyed by last week’s first win, Steeple Langford 2nds welcomed Totton & Eling to The Wirr with the intention of continuing their improved form.  With the pitch looking immaculate and under a hot summer’s sun Langford chose to bat first.

Totton’s opening bowlers soon found an excellent length and line which gave the Langford batsmen few opportunities to score freely.  The top order did however ‘do a job’, particularly Howard Smith (14), as they stuck around, took the shine off the ball and started to tire the bowlers.  It was the fall of the second wicket that brought Tom Dennis to the crease and from then on the scoring rate increased as he made batting look a whole lot easier.  Stuart Emm (20) was an able foil as he nurdled singles to keep the free-hitting Dennis on strike while also playing the occasional big shot of his own.  As the innings started to draw to a close a couple more wickets were lost before Rob Emm (15 n.o.) eventually helped see Langford to 202 for 6 at the close.  Tom Dennis was the star man carrying his bat for a very impressive 104 n.o.

On a good batting track, Langford needed early wickets and these duly came thanks to Chris Miles (2 for 27) and Raj Kumar (2 for 36).  Kumar in particular was unlucky not to take more wickets as the Totton No 3 Bunjoly initially rode his luck and was dropped twice in quick succession.  Unfortunately this turned out to be the turning point of the match as he went on to be 118 n.o. at the end.  The Langford change bowlers all tried valiantly to find the breakthrough but Bunjoly’s big hitting, particularly to cow corner, took the game away from Langford.  Jacques Kinnison took a late consolation wicket but Totton reached their target in the 38th over with 5 wickets in hand. 

So another loss for Langford 2nds but with a few more runs and a bit better fielding, both in the air and on the ground, it could have been a different story.