New boys impress as the 2s win again - 2nd XI Match Report 3rd June

STEEPLE LANGFORD II v TROJANS III

At the request of the visiting team the start of the match was brought forward half an hour but it seemed that the message didn’t reach all the Langford players meaning only seven were ready to go at the earlier time. Fortunately Chris Miles won the toss and elected to bat on what looked to be another belter of a wicket at Langford.

Adi Hughes and newcomer Simon Bailey opened the innings and got off to a solid start before Hughes was out for 20 in the 12 over. Last week’s hero Darren Harvey found the number three role a bit more challenging which brought Joe McNeilly to the crease a few balls later. McNeilly and Bailey, who was starting to find his range again after a long time out of the game, put on 71 for the third wicket before McNeilly departed for 18. This brought Jon Bartholomew (Bart) to the wicket who took the attack to the Trojans bowling with a series of big boundary shots. Bailey was eventually out for a controlled 74 in the 41st over having put on 112 with Bart for the fourth wicket. Will Bartholomew joined his father for the last few balls and helped push the Langford score to 257 for 4 at the close with Bart being an excellent 88 not out. A good score but would it be enough on a pitch clearly favouring the batsmen.

Sean Bailey, son of Simon and also new to the second team, opened the bowling from the bungalow end with Chris Miles doing so from the field end. Both bowled tight opening spells with Bailey getting the first wicket in his second over. The batsmen then dug in and started to build a reply reaching 86 for the one wicket at the drinks break. With eight an over required Langford were confident of wrapping up the win but the remaining Trojans opener had different ideas. He began to throw more caution to the wind and hit some big boundaries to keep his side up with the run rate. Difficult half chances came and went but he still kept going and looked to manipulate the strike by refusing singles at the start of the over and taking risky singles at the end of the over. This approach resulted in three run outs of his team mates, including a superb long throw direct hit with one stump to aim at from Mark Thompson, before he was eventually run out himself with four overs to go having amassed 161 runs. This enabled Langford to control the last few overs and ease to a 12 run victory having taken seven wickets. The only wicket takers for the bowlers were Sean Bailey 1 for 43 and Will Bartholomew 2 for 43.

An excellent win for Langford to push them towards the top end of the table. It was good to see the Bailey and Bartholomew father and son combinations having a big influence on the game and it is hoped that all four will continue to be available for the seconds going forward.