We've got that winning feeling... 2nd XI Match Report 15th Jul

STEEPLE LANGFORD II v SHREWTON III

On a dull overcast day at Langford home captain Chris Miles was in a quandary after winning the toss; back the batsman who have been playing well recently, or, take the new ball in what looked like bowler friendly conditions. In the end Langford batted.

Following their quick 99 run opening stand in the previous game, Simon Bailey and Matt Dhanji again opened the innings. A couple of maidens to start with but then the runs started flowing at a nice steady 5 an over. Matt Dhanji was the first to go for 17 with Adi Hughes following a few overs later for 8. This brought Sean Bailey in to join his father and together they put on 96 in 11 overs with Sean in particular being extremely brutal to anything too short or too full. He was eventually out for 65 in the 23rd over with his innings including 7 sixes and 3 fours. The overall score at this stage was 151 for 3 with Langford looking well set for a huge total. Father Simon followed his son Sean back to the pavilion shortly after for a patient and well crafted 55 but, with the Bailey boys gone, the run rate slowed somewhat. Useful knocks from Adam Dhanji (24), the 14 year old colts Angus Steele (11) and Ned Allen (10) plus a three ball 14 from Tony Gipson meant Langford finished on 252. The last ball of the innings was a comedy moment as Steele and Dave Haugh had one of those could we, can’t we, shall we, shan’t we discussions in the centre of the pitch which eventually resulted in a run out and gave Shrewton full bowling points.

Matt Dhanji opened the bowling from the bungalow end and immediately looked dangerous. As in previous weeks he didn’t get the rub of the green with numerous balls either just missing the edge or the stumps. Figures of 1 for 16 off 6 overs were scant reward with a dropped catch behind the wicket also doing little to improve his mood. Chris Miles opened at The Rainbow end and was immediately into his stride taking a wicket in each of his first two overs. Two more followed in his fifth over to leave him with figures of 4 for 1. The one run he did give away was a wide that he had to convince the umpire to give. Sean Bailey replaced Miles and took 2 for 14 off 3 overs with Adam Dhanji replacing his brother Matt and returning 0 for 9 off 3 overs. It was then left to the spin twins of Dave Haugh (2 for 2) and Tony Gipson (1 for 10) to finish things off such that Shrewton were all out for 55 in the 20th over. Another good day in the field with Angus Steele typifying this with yet another lazy looking one handed catch.

Results elsewhere meant the full 24 points move Langford to second in the league. Long may this good run of form continue.