Super catches win matches - 2nd XI Report 1st July

MICHELMERSH & TIMSBURY III v STEEPLE LANGFORD II

A confident Langford second team travelled to bottom of the league Michelmersh hopeful of another victory to keep their fine run of form going. The toss was lost and Langford were invited to bat first.

Simon Bailey and Matt Dhanji began well with numerous quick singles mixed in with some big hits to the boundary. Dhanji in particular looked in good form as Bailey happily played second fiddle to give the youngster the strike and to score the majority of the runs. A couple of slices of luck as catches were dropped but Dhanji went on to bring up his first league 50 before eventually being out for an excellent 63. Simon Bailey was joined by his son Sean before both were out in quick succession either side of drinks, Simon for 31 and Sean for 17. At 120 for 2 at the half way point Langford were confident of a big score. However, the Michelmersh bowling then tightened up as they took the pace off the ball meaning that runs became much harder to find. Andy Foyle (16) and Darren Harvey (9) looked after the youngsters Angus Steele and Ned Allen in the middle order before Chris Miles scored a breezy 19 at the end to ensure that Langford secured full batting points finishing on 203 for 9.

The Michelmersh response started in frantic style as both openers looking to be positive. A conventional off side field quickly changed to a deep leg side field as most shots seemed to find their way there irrespective of the delivery. The first wicket went down in the 10th over with Andy Foyle pouching one at gully off the bowling of Sean Bailey (a foot either side and he would have been struggling). Chris Miles removed the other opener in the next over with Bailey taking a diving one handed caught and bowled in the one after that. Three wickets in three overs put Langford firmly back in control. Matt Dhanji joined the attack and bowled with real pace and aggression. This was fired up further when a full toss bowled the batsman only for it to be called ‘no ball’ for height. Figures of 1 for 9 off 7 overs didn’t do him justice. Darren Harvey and Tony Gipson were brought on to mop up the tail which they duly did, Harvey taking 4 for 10 and Gipson 1 for 4. Michelmersh were all out for 109 in the 31st over. An excellent all round fielding performance, two relatively straight forward catches for Foyle and Jamie Crosier, two good catches off high balls by Dhanji and Gipson and two stunning diving one handers by young Angus Steele.

Another good win to cement third place in the league. A week off next week before reconvening for the local derby against Shrewton.