Match Report - 1st XI - 13th May 17

Match Report - 1st XI - 13th May 17

Langford's haven’t quite fired as a batting unit so far this year, that continued this weekend against Hartley Witney. Langford batted first on another good track and Witney attack started well taking a wicket in just the 3rd over, Gary Smith being bowled off his pads for just 1. Andy Bennett soon departed shortly after being bowled round his legs by Lockhurst, who was getting some good movement from the Rainbow on the lake end. Mundy joined Tom Bennett, who after initially looking shaky (probably because he was still drunk), started to play some shots and get some runs on the board for Langford. However Mundy was then adjudged LBW by the skipper and Simon Ford came into bat with the score at 48-4, this then became 48-5 as Nick Partridge sent a return catch back to the bowler and then became 57-6 when Tom Bennett was bowled by change bowler Soper's first ball. In a very precarious position, Pete Smith and Ford then looked to do a rebuilding job. Initially both watchful they slowly started ticking the score along, picking off the boundaries with the bad balls and running some quick singles, the pair batted for 19 overs putting on 87, Smith departed for a well made 35 and shortly after getting his 50, Ford was caught in the deep looking for runs in the last few overs for 51. Mark Thompson and Liam Harvey then were bowled cheaply and Langford were all out for 145 in the 40th over.

Slightly dejected but thinking it could have been worse, Langford took to the field, Nick Partridge and Gary Smith opened the bowling and right from the start Raj Nair looked to pick up where he left off from his 100 last week, driving anything too full and pulling anything too short, at the other end the guy couldn’t really hold the bat but held up an end. It took until the 18th over to make a breakthrough, with Stephens having Millward caught for 8!!! (the score was 84). Soon after the dangerous Nair was sold down the river and run out for a very good 63. Langford continued to apply pressure and Nick Partridge took a stunning catch at slip off Bennett to leave Witney at 94-3, however Kirkpatrick played a few shots and scored a quick 24, being bowled by Smith, 2 more wickets followed but a few lusty blows from the Witney middle order got them across the line with 4 wickets in hand. Langford feeling that maybe another 40 odd runs would have made an interesting finish, but more application required next week against Dinton. A great effort in the situation though!