2nd XI Match Report 9th July 2016

STEEPLE LANGFORD II – v – HYTHE & DIBDEN III

Another home game for Langford 2nds saw mid table Hythe & Dibden III as the visitors.  The away captain won the toss and wasted no time in electing to bat on what looked like another belter of a Langford wicket.

The Hythe openers soon got going and looked in little trouble as they found the gaps in the field with alarming ease.  However a wicket at the end of the 12th over and another at the start of the 13th calmed the Langford nerves and with the score at 86 for 2 at the half way drinks the innings could still have gone either way.  As it was a 120 run stand for the 3rd wicket and an accelerating scoring rate started to take things away from the Langford bowlers.  A flurry of late wickets, including that of the Hythe opener for a very composed and almost chanceless 122, resulted in a score of 243 for 7 at the end of the innings.  Chris Miles (2 for 27) and Dave Haugh (2 for 35) bowled tidily at the end of the innings with the other three wickets shared between Raj Kumar, Nathan Hill and Tony Gipson. Following a team photograph for the Salisbury Journal, Langford set about the run chase with relish.  Raj Kumar and Adi Hughes looked just as accomplished as the Hythe openers had and scored quickly to keep ahead of the required run rate.  Kumar was first out for 20 followed quickly by Steve Emm and subsequently by Hughes for 32.  At drinks Langford were 102 for 3 so slightly ahead on the runs with the game building nicely towards an exciting end.  The runs kept coming quickly but unfortunately the wickets also kept falling.  Nathan Hill batted well for 51 and a number of other batsman got good starts (Harry Mould 19, Darren Harvey 14, Luke Emm 14, Chris Miles 15) but couldn’t quite push on when needing to do so.  The innings finally ended in the 39th over with Langford all out for 198.

So Langford 2nds remain winless but recent results show that the performances are getting better and there is growing confidence within the team that the first win is not far away.