Weekend report Sat 26th & BH Mon 28th May


Adult cricket

1st XI v Steep - No report available

Steep - 175 ao Andy Bennett 4-20, Luke Stephens 4-28

SL - 165 ao Chris Mundy 54.

STEEPLE LANGFORD II v TOTTON & ELING III

Langford travelled to Hunts Farm, Romsey for an away fixture against Totton & Eling III hoping to get the first win of the season under their belt. The toss was carried out using a credit card as neither captain had a coin on them and it was a long walk back to the pavilion. Totton won the toss and after a period of thought decided to bowl first.

Adi Hughes and Joe McNeilly ventured forth looking to take their time and to build a solid base. Hughes was tied up by accurate bowling from one end but McNeilly had greater joy at the other finding the boundary with some regularity. Things were going well until the 13th over, with the score on 41, when McNeilly was caught for 28 followed swiftly by the run out of Adi Hughes for 9. Chris Miles and Dave Russell set about trying to rebuild but some tidy first change bowling gave few opportunities to accelerate the run rate. Russell (9) was bowled followed by Tony Gipson for 1 which brought Andy Foyle to the crease. Foyle’s knees aren’t what they used to be so careful running was required if disaster was to be avoided. Of course, disaster happened, as Miles foolishly ran himself out for 26. The innings then tailed away to leave Langford 104 all out. Two unnecessary run outs of senior batsmen at critical times doing little to help the Langford cause.

With not many runs to play with it was essential that Langford started well in the field and took early wickets. However, the Totton opening batsmen looked competent and dispatched the bad balls confidently when they came. Miles bowled a disciplined spell benefiting from plenty of swing and some occasional seam taking 2 for 17 off his 8 overs. Jamie Crosier at the other end bowled better than his 0 for 22 off 4 overs suggests but it was Crosier’s replacement Tom Complin (1 for 28 off 6) who got the next wicket; a high top edge that was very well caught by 13 year old Jayden Phelps at square leg. The spin twins of Dave Haugh and Tony Gipson then looked to ‘turn’ the match back in Langford’s favour. Haugh (1 for 18 off 5) managed to winkle out another batsman caught well by Dale Winterbone but Totton saw things out easily to win by 6 wickets in the 27th over.

A good effort by all but the players were left questioning what might have been had Langford scored another 30 or 40 runs. Without the silly run outs that may well have been the case.

Sunday XI v Trinity - No report available

Trinity 193 for 9 Liam Harvey 3-18

SL - 126 ao Liam Harvey 37, Alistair Barrett 27.