Weekend report Sat 12th & Sun 13th May

Adult cricket


The Steeple Langford first team finally got their season underway welcoming Petersfield to The Wirr. The opposition went through a rigorous warm up session following their long journey while the Langford players watched on and saved their energy for when it mattered. Home captain Tom Bennett won the toss and elected to field first.

Andy Bennett opened from the Rainbow end with a friendly full toss that was deposited over cow corner for the first runs of the match. This was a definite ‘loosener’ as his ageing limbs then settled into a tight spell yielding 1 for 24 off his 9 overs. Luke Stephens opened from the Bungalow end and couldn’t quite find his rhythm so was replaced by Matt Dhanji after 4 overs. Dhanji’s first over also included a couple of ‘looseners’ that the batsmen took advantage of but then settled into a hostile and effective spell yielding 2 for 26 off his 9 overs. At the half way point Petersfield were 77 for 4 with Langford confident of restricting them to a modest total. Unfortunately, the wickets then dried up for a while as Petersfield’s South African No. 4 (Marshell) played himself in nicely before exploding towards the end. Wickets eventually started to fall at the other end but there was little that could stop the onslaught from Marshell as he plundered 107 before being bowled off the last ball of the innings. His last 68 runs came off just 23 balls and including 6 fours and 6 sixes with 21 coming off one particular over. Chris Miles claimed 5 for 49 as Petersfield finished on 229 for 9.

Chris Mundy and Gary Smith opened the batting in the chase and initially dug in against two genuinely quick opening bowlers. As the batsmen found their feet, the runs started to flow with the Langford response at 70 when Smith was the first to fall for 32 in the 17th over. Tom Bennett kept Mundy company up to and through the drinks interval when Langford were 89 for 1 so ahead of where Petersfield were at a similar stage. When Bennett (12) was out, Liam Harvey took over and batted well helping to keep the run rate moving against some accurate change bowling. Mundy fell for an excellent 70 in the 38th over and with that Langford’s chances of getting the runs required started to fade away. The situation wasn’t helped by two seemingly unnecessary run outs one of which saw Harvey (26) return to the pavilion. The Langford response eventually drifted to the end with the innings finishing on 188 for 8.

A disappointing result not help by a number of dropped catches from the Langford fielders. At least two went down off the Petersfield centurian Marshell before he really got going which, if held, could have made a big difference. Oh well, try again at Chawton next week.


Steeple Langford 2nd XI v Andover IV - Cancelled Andover unable to raise a team.


Sunday XI v Redlynch & Hale - No report available

R&H - 150 for 9 Will Allen 3-39

SL - 139 ao Alec Lloyd 52, Luke Emm 35