Weekend report Sat 23rd June

Adult cricket

1st XI v Hook & Newnham Basics III

SLCC 209 for 6

Nick Mundy 66

Hook & Newnham Basics 213 for 7

2nd XI v Over Wallop

The Over Wallop wicket looked a bit thatchy and uneven so captain Chris Miles had a difficult decision to make on winning the toss. Bat first on a hot sunny afternoon, or, bowl first on what looked a slightly dodgy wicket. He chose the latter and, as is often the case, everything looks much easier with hindsight.

Miles and young Tom Complin opened the bowling and although relatively economical couldn’t find the early break through. The Over Wallop openers started to cash in against the change bowlers mixing conventional drives in to the offside at one end with less elegant, but very effective, hoicks to cow corner at the other. Alex Hawson took his first wicket for Langford in the 16th over thanks to Tom Stobbs’ very well judged catch on the deep square leg boundary. However, the run rate was already up above 7 an over by this time. The carnage continued as the Over Wallop No 3 took little time to play himself in before carrying on with the big hitting again predominantly to the leg side. Dave Haugh winkled another one out in the 22nd over courtesy of an Adi Hughes catch but from then on it was just a question of how many could Over Wallop score. In the end it was 340 for 2. The innings seemed to last for ever as a lot of time was spent searching for the ball in the trees and heavy undergrowth that forms two sides of the pitch. It was a miracle that the match ball was found every time thanks in no small part to the efforts of an enthusiastic gun dog. The problem was that you then had to get the ball back off the dog.

After tea, Langford set about the almost impossible task of chasing down the 8.5 runs an over target with little confidence. Adi Hughes returned to the pavilion at the end of the first over having received a ball which popped off a length for the first time during the match. Miles’ reading of the pitch at the start of the game turning out to be right just 40 overs too late. Tom Stobbs and Joe McNeilly settled in before McNeilly got another one that popped and dollied a catch back to the bowler. From then on it was the normal Langford batting collapse with only Alex Hawson (12) and Tom Complin (14) managing to reach double figures in an embarrassing total of 51 all out.

At the half way stage of the season it is clear that the second team is a long way off the pace in terms of the standard required for the division being played in. The attitude of the players and the effort being put in cannot be criticised and is heartening to see, but it would still be nice to win a game for a change.