Weekend report Sat 19th May


Adult cricket

1st XI v Chawton 

STEEPLE LANGFORD v CHAWTON

The Langford players met bright and early at the club before embarking on the long away trip to Chawton (near Alton). The away ground was in a picturesque setting with a thatched pavilion however the pitch also had a slightly ‘thatched’ look to it which gave rise to a few concerns about how it might play. The outfield was also still being cut in every increasing circles with the job not quite being finished before the start of play resulting in a No. 1 close in but a No 4. in the deep. Tom Bennett won the toss and opted to bat.

The innings started sedately as openers Chris Mundy and Gary Smith took their time to play themselves in against some accurate and probing bowling. Runs were at a premium with the score progressing to 32 off 15 overs when the first round of drinks were taken on what was a hot day. As always seems to happen, a break for drinks brings a wicket with Smith the first to go for 23. Adi Hughes then kept Mundy company as runs started to come slightly more quickly but a flurry of wickets saw first Mundy (48), then Hughes (11) and Tom Bennett (11) return to the pavilion just before the 30 overs drinks break. At this stage Langford were 101 for 4. A good lower order partnership between Pete Smith (20) and Luke Emm (35*) eventually helped see Langford to a moderate total of 184 for 9. Emm in particular looking positive and keen to bully the bowling to the boundary.

A Dhanji double opened the bowling for Langford as brothers Adam and Matt tried to outdo each other. Both bowled well and troubled the opening batsmen but without getting the all important early break through. First change Luke Stephens eventually found a top edge which required ‘rocket man’ Pete Smith to make up a seemingly impossible distance from behind the stumps and launch himself headlong to take an excellent catch. Unfortunately, this only served to bring the Chawton No. 3 (Channon) to the crease and he announced his intentions immediately by launching a couple of big sixes in to the field beyond. His onslaught continued at both ends and his 50 was reached in quick time. Chris Miles joined the attack and was fortunate that Channon’s first big shot against him went further up than out enabling Tom Bennett to take the catch in the deep at the second or third attempt. Miles (2 for 22) also removed the other opener in the following over to give Langford a sniff of turning things around but with early runs on the board and overs in hand the Chawton middle order didn’t need to take risks and comfortably saw the game out reaching the required total in the 38th over for the loss of just 3 wickets.

Another disappointing result but you can’t fault the team’s effort. Home game next week so at least the grass will be cut!!

2nd XI v IBM Hursley - No report available

IBM - 170 for 8 Dave Haugh 3-35

SL - 104 ao

No Sunday friendly fixture this week