Hop along Harvey is the hat trick hero!! 2nd XI Match Report 27th May

After a frantic week trying to get a team together for a Bank Holiday weekend game, Langford travelled to play Thruxton with 10 men.  The player shortage was almost compounded as half the team couldn’t find the ground as it was in the middle of a new housing estate and not yet shown on google earth or on Satnavs. 

Langford were invited to bat first on what looked to be a tricky wicket with Adi Hughes and Chris Miles looking to take their time and unlike previous weeks, to get off to a good start.  Hughes succeeded in this respect anchoring the innings by batting 27 overs for 30 runs.  Support from Joe McNeilly (9) and Andy Foyle (13) meant that although scoring was slow at the start, wickets were kept in hand allowing the scoring rate to gradually increase as the innings progressed.  The main impetus came from Darren Harvey at number seven who, as a consequence of recent keyhole surgery on his knee, compensated for a lack of mobility by opening his shoulders and targeting the boundary.  That said, he still somehow managed an all run four courtesy of overthrows.  Harvey was eventually out for 46 while Dave Haugh carried his bat for 9 not out.  A generous supply of extras (37) helped Langford end the innings on a useful 153 for 8.

The Thruxton reply started with the opener trying to smash every ball out of the ground.  The reason for this was soon apparent as he retired at the end of the 7th over in order to get home before breaching his curfew.  By this time the score was already 47 and it looked as if the game was slipping away.  However, Chris Miles eventually found his rhythm and got the off cutter working taking the first three wickets and finishing with figures of 3 for 24.  Hop-along Harvey replaced the unlucky Jamie Crosier (0 for 38) and bowled off two steps to protect his knee.  This didn’t diminish his effectiveness as he proceeded to take 6 for 19 in 25 balls, including a hat trick, which left Thruxton all out for just 92 after 20 overs. 

An excellent win for Langford was just the tonic needed after a difficult week.  Although Darren Harvey was clearly man of the match, special thanks must go to non-regulars Russ Longland, Andy Foyle, Alastair Barrett and Venki Shan for making themselves available and enabling Langford to field a decent team.