Match Report - 2nd XI - 20th May 17

STEEPLE LANGFORD II v DINTON II

With rain threatening, the covers were still on at Langford when local rivals Dinton arrived from over the hill. Once the wicket was exposed and inspected Langford won the toss and elected to bowl first.

Nathan Hill steamed in from the bungalow end and, whether intentionally or not, adopted a short pitched approach to the left handed opener. This resulted in a number of false shots and edges but unfortunately also in a number of relatively simple dropped catches. Just when it looked as if it was going to be the opener’s lucky day it was fourth time lucky for Langford as one of the youngest players on the pitch, Angus Steele, showed how easy catching should be. The other Dinton opener was seeing the ball very well and with the score being 98 for 1 at the half way stage it looked as if Langford could be chasing a big total. A double change straight after drinks brought on the spin twins of Tony Gipson (2 for 42) and Dave Haugh (2 for 21) who between them removed the other opener for 70 and the middle order leaving Chris Miles (1 for 34) and Nathan Hill (3 for 31) to mop up most of the tail. Dinton eventually completed their 42 overs at 198 for 9 leaving Langford with a challenging but not unachievable run chase.

As is becoming common place, a few quick wickets at the top of the innings left Langford reeling on 10 for 3. Nathan Hill and Joe McNeilly then set about rebuilding the innings before Hill (15) was removed by a fantastic catch at mid wicket. McNeilly and Luke Emm continued the rebuilding and took the score up to 72 for 4 after 21 overs but the drinks break did what it always seems to do with Emm (15) falling straight after. This brought Chris Miles to the wicket who with McNeilly put on 68 for the next wicket and looked to be turning the game in Langford’s favour. However, McNeilly eventually fell for an excellent and patient 47 and was followed shortly after by Miles for 36 who bizarrely somehow managed to hit his own wicket. This turned out to be the turning point in the game as the remaining batsmen couldn’t keep up with the run rate but did manage to eke out another batting bonus point. The Langford innings ended on 175 for 9.

Another case of what might have been for Langford. The old adage that catches win matches applies as you can’t expect to drop six guilt edged opportunities and not end up chasing a big score. Extra catching practice required.