2nd XI Match Report 7th May 2016

STEEPLE LANGFORD II – v – CHRISTCHURCH I

A bad start to the season for the Langford 2nds before even a ball had been bowled.  Half the team managed to arrive at the wrong ground with most of the remainder getting stuck in bad traffic as a consequence of a local food fair.  The game eventually started about 20 minutes late with Langford being invited to bat.  Things quickly went from bad to worse as two wickets were lost in the first over with the third going down with the score on 26.  All three wickets were due to the batsmen somehow managing to play all around a routine straight one.  The two Rob’s (new signing Wheatley and old stalwart Emm) managed to regain an element of control and started to push the score on before both succumbed just when they were starting to look really dangerous; Wheatley for 30 and Emm for 26.  A few big shots from Darren Harvey (14) and Joe McNeilley (14) enabled Langford to record a score of 116 all out which on a good early season wicket was always going to be difficult to defend.

After tea Raj Kumar (1 for 27) and Chris Miles (2 for 23) attacked hard and managed to get good movement in both directions as they both bowled through their 10 over spells.  At 23 for 3 after 12 overs Langford were in with a sniff but the Christchurch middle order took their time settling in and then slowly took control.  That said, if a couple of catches had been held and a couple of inside edges had hit the stumps rather than running off down to fine leg, things could well have been different.  A late wicket for young Jamie Crosier on his debut for the 2nds wasn’t enough to turn the tide with the target eventually being reached in the 30th over with the loss of only the 4 wickets. 

Langford 2nds first game in the higher league highlighted that things aren’t going to be easy and that all chances need to be taken both with the bat and the ball.  It also highlighted a need to read the handbook properly to avoid turning up at the wrong ground.  Home game next week so hopefully no one will get lost.