Weekend report Sat 16th June


Adult cricket

1st XI away to Hursley Park II

HP 238 for 3

SLCC 178 for 9 Gary Smith 44

2nd XI away to Winterbourne

STEEPLE LANGFORD II v WINTERBOURNE

With the Langford fete taking place at The Wirr, a reversed fixture saw Steeple Langford II as the ‘home’ team while playing away at Winterbourne. Discussions between the captains in the week before overcame some confusion as to which team should do what but eventually it was agreed that Langford would provide the match ball, results sheet and ground report with Winterbourne providing the pitch and the tea. The Winterbourne captain won the toss and elected to bat.

A tight start from Raj Kumar and Chris Miles kept the runs in check with Kumar making the first breakthrough in the 5th over. Miles then took the next wicket in the 14th over as the Winterbourne batsmen continued to struggle against the swing of the opening bowlers. At the half way stage all was looking good for Langford with the score on 71 for 2. However, Winterbourne are a strong batting side and slowly started to turn the screw against the change bowlers and to score much more freely. Even a stunning caught and bowled by Darren Harvey did little to reduce the run rate as more and more Langford fielders were dispatched to the boundary to fill the gaps. Young Tom Complin bowled well and a debut spell from Steve Reid showed promise and rustiness in equal measure. Winterbourne eventually finished on 260 for 3 with the opener Windows being 121 not out

Adi Hughes and Raj Kumar ventured forth after tea hoping for a long stay at the crease and to eat into the big Winterbourne total. However, this is Langford we’re talking about so both were soon back in the pavilion along with No’s 3 and 4, Chris Miles and Dave Russell. At 10 for 4 at the end of the 8th over, things looked typically bleak. A few runs from the lower order, including 15 from Alex Hawson on debut and 9 off 5 balls by Tony Gipson helped gain what might be a valuable batting point come the end of the season, but Langford still came up well short being bowled out for just 66. At least the 200 run defeat was just about avoided.

The league’s website made good reading on Sunday morning as the reversed fixture seemed to confuse the results secretary meaning it was Langford who were initially shown with the big win. Captain Miles was loathed to point out their mistake but unfortunately it had to be done. Langford remain rock bottom of the table but have already played most of the teams at the top so hopefully results will change against the rest. Try again next week.