Match Reports for 1st and 2nd Team - Sat 13th June 2015

County Division 4 North – Steeple Langford 1st XI v Compton & Chandlers Ford 2nd XI

Steeple Langford 1st XI maintained their 100% winning streak after a 20 run home win against the toughest opponents they’ve played so far this season. Put into bat on a hard flat track, Langford soon found themselves on the back foot, losing both openers in the first couple of overs. Adam McNeilly and Chris Mundy then looked to steady things and this they did with a solid 62 run partnership before McNeilly went for an important 27. This brought Tom Dennis to the crease with Mundy and the 2 in-form Langford batsmen took advantage of the excellent batting conditions to put on a superb 126 together before Dennis was caught in the deep for a fine 63. Soon after Mundy was run out for a quality 89, his 4th consecutive half-century, and is a major factor as to why Langford are currently top of their league. After the usual mad dash for runs at the end the innings closed on 220 for 5, 30 to 40 runs short of what they’d hoped for at the start. However, as has been the norm so far this season, opening bowlers Gary Smith and Nick Partridge put the opponents in trouble right from the start and had them reeling at 2 for 3. Lawrence (40) and Scallern (46) then started the rebuilding exercise with a cautious stand of 98 but all the time the run rate was creeping up meaning chances had to be taken. The tail wagged well with Pickett (24) and Murray (20) playing nice cameo innings but in the end the home total proved too big to chase down and they finished on 200 for 9. Smith bowled a very tidy 10 overs taking 1 for 27, Partridge returned an excellent 3 for 31 from his 10, Tom Bennett a fine 1 for 33 from 10 and skipper Andy Bennett chipped in with 2 for 19 at the death.

STEEPLE LANGFORD II v HURSLEY PARK IV

Langford skipper Rob Emm yet again lost the toss with Hursley Park opting to bat first. Chris Miles bowled his 10 overs straight through finishing with tidy figures of 4 for 15. At one stage it looked as if Langford would only have a modest total to chase but Hursley Park’s No 4 had other ideas dispatching the bowling to various parts of the ground. He was eventually bowled by Matt Pieterse (2 for 35) just before the end having scored 132 out of his team’s total of 191 for 7. With Langford’s batting frailties of late this was clearly a challenging score to chase down.

After tea young Alec Lloyd, freshly recovered from a knee operation, opened the batting and played magnificently anchoring one end for almost the whole of the Langford innings before eventually being out for 70. Teenagers Matt Dhanji (15) and Luke Emm (27) also batted well to keep the momentum going and ensuring the run rate never passed 6 an over. Although it got a little bit too tight for comfort towards the end Matt Pieterse (47 n.o.) saw the team home from the second ball of the final over with 6 wickets down.

A good win for Langford, particularly after a couple of bad defeats, and great to see the youngsters stepping up to the mark and batting well.