Cricket Club News

Match report 31st Aug

Sep 2, 2019

1st XI home to Sway

SLCC 154 ao Sway 155 for 4

No further details available

2nd XI away to Shrewton III

A disappointing final league game for the Steeple Langford 2nd team yesterday as they lost away to local rivals Shrewton.
The home team chose to bat first and got off to a flyer as Ben Hatt took a while to find his rhythm. Chris Miles (2 for 13) pegged things back with help from Dave Hatchett (1 for 10). The change bowlers then did a good job with Dave Haugh (2 for 28) and Barnaby Blackwood (2 for 5 off 5 overs) helping to restrict the Shrewton total to 138 for 8 at the end of their innings.
The Langford response started positively before loosing openers Chris Miles (11) and Dave Hatchett (16) in quick succession. As the bounce and pace of the pitch started to become more unpredictable, the wickets started to fall with only Luke Emm (26) and Ben Hatt (13) of the rest of the batsman reaching double figures. Langford were eventually all out for 115.

Report from Chris Miles

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Presentation day

Aug 27, 2019
Sat 7th Sept

Just a reminder that the club presentation day is taking place on Saturday 7th Sept. The Colts v Dads game will be first at 12:30 ish followed by an adult fun game around 2:30 -3:00 ish. Sandy McNeilly will be doing the catering please remember to let us know if you will be attending?


Regards Andy

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Match report 24th Aug

Aug 26, 2019

1st XI away to Lyndhurst & Ashurst

The Langford first team endured the traffic queues as they travelled to Lyndhurst yesterday.
Bowling first in the heat the opening bowlers Simon Ralph (0 for 12) and Chris Miles (2 for 19) kept things tight restricting Lyndhurst to just 36 for 2 off the first 18 overs. Runs started to flow a bit more easily thereafter but regular wickets stopped the home side getting too much momentum. Lyndhurst eventually scored 178 for 8 with Andy Bennett (2 for 32), Will Lewis (3 for 41) and a direct hit run out by Tom Bennett accounting for the rest of the wickets.
The Langford response was measured and controlled with runs coming at the required rate throughout. Simon Ralph (20) and Adi Hughes (19) led the way with useful contributions by Joe McNeilly (22), Tom Bennett (45) and Andrew Clarke (13). Andy Bennett (13*) and Will Lewis (30*) then brought the points home for a comfortable 4 wicket win with 4 overs to spare.
Good work on a hot day.

Report from Chris Miles

2nd XI home to Dinton

Dinton 216 for 3 SLCC 119 for 9

No further details available

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Match report 17th Aug

Aug 19, 2019

1st XI home to Pylewell Park

SLCC 124 ao PP 127 for 4

No further details available

2nd XI away to OT's & Romsey IV

OT's & Romsey forfitted


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Match report 10th Aug

Aug 12, 2019

1st XI away to Shrewton II

2nd XI home to Wilton

Both games actually started but the weather won in end!

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Match report 3rd Aug

Aug 5, 2019

1st XI home to Paultons II

Paultons II 259 for 7 SLCC 175 for 9

Not a good day for the Steeple Langford 1st team at home yesterday. 
Fielding first, a couple of quick wickets gave hope but they were followed by a century stand for the 3rd wicket that turned things in the favour of the visitors. With wickets in hand, the runs started to flow freely as Paultons eventually finished on 259 for 7. Andy Bennett being the pick of the bowlers with 4 for 41.
The Langford response didn’t start well being 3 wickets down in no time. Nick Partridge (45) and Harry Mould (18) helped rebuild the innings together with Simon Ralph (29). Langford were well behind the run rate so batting points became key and some good hitting by the tail, Liam Harvey (23) and Will Lewis (18), brought the score up to 175 for 9 at the end.

Report from Chris Miles

2nd XI away to Whiteparish II

Whiteparish 126 ao, SLCC 120 for 7

No further details available

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Match report 27th July

Jul 29, 2019
Hampshire League

1st XI v Fawley II at home

Fawley 213 for 7 - SLCC 217 for 9

Another Saturday and another great win for Steeple Langford first team. We hosted Fawley 2nds in which was a mid table clash. Skipper Tom Bennettwon the toss and decided to field first. After a frustrating afternoon the visitors posted a score of 213-7. There was some good bowling by Gary Smith and Andy Bennett who both got 3 wickets. We was able to chase the total down with 2 balls to go to win the match by 1 wicket. There was some great batting by Nick Mundy 54 Nick Partridge and Simon Ralph who both scored 20 odd each. A great final stand by Liam Harvey and Gary Smith saw us to the victory. Hopefully we can get another win next week.


Report from Luke Emm


2nd XI v Michelmersh & Timsbury II away

Mich & Tims 200 for 5 - SLCC 202 for 2

Another good win for the Steeple Langford 2nd team yesterday. Michelmersh & Timsbury chose to bat first and scored 200 for 5 off their 40 overs. The Langford bowling was better than the score suggests with numerous edges, false shots and dropped catches. Five of the six bowlers used taking a wicket each.
In reply, Tom Stobbs (75) and Chris Miles (35) put on 105 for the first wicket by the 20 over drinks break. This left Will Lewis (48*) and Tony Gipson (14*) to bring home the bacon in the 35th over for an emphatic 8 wicket win.

Report from Chris Miles

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Match report 20th July

Jul 22, 2019
Hampshire League

1st XI v Winton II away

Winton 71 ao - SLCC 72 for 1

Last Saturday the first team travelled to bottom of the league winton. It turned out to be a very short game with the match ending at 4:45 ish. Winton batted first and were only able to set a score of 71. With great bowling fromNick Partridge who got 6 wickets for 19 runs from his 9 overs including a hat trick. Steeple were able knock off the runs with ease and won the match by 9 wickets. Great batting from Si Ralph and Adam McNeilly made light work of the low score. All in all a great team performance. Hopefully the same again next week.


Report from Luke Emm


2nd XI v Collingbourne Ducis at home

SLCC 218 - Collingbourne 222 for 5

Langford 2nd XI v Collingbourne. Top of the league and unbeaten Collingbourne won the toss and elected to field. Double figure runs from all batsmen to finish, after the full 40, with 218 for Collingbourne to chase. Two maiden openers from Will Lewis and Tom Stobbs and with a wicket falling in the first 5 Langford were off to a great start. After 12 overs Langford had suppressed the visitors to 35 runs. Collingbourne found their stride and despite some acrobatic fielding Langford were just not able to quell the run-rate. At 21 overs Collingbourne had made 118. Even Hatch ‘the dispatch’, despite his recent form, couldn’t break the spell. Respite nearly came when the Skipper gave Jayden Phelps the nod. With 6 overs remaining and Collingbourne needing 19 to win the odds were impossible. Jayden ‘the maiden’ arrested the run rate with the third maiden of the match assisted by Hatch. In four overs Collingbourne were confined to 10 runs. Phelps bowled another maiden and took a wicket with Will Lewis collecting the on-drive comfortably. Collingbourne 222 for 5 off of 38.


Report Dave Russell

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Match report 13th July

Jul 15, 2019
Match report

1st XI v Mottisfont at home

Great result for the first team yesterday. The first team we’re hosting top of the league Mottisfont. It was a great toss to win as skipper Tom Bennett decided to field first. We bowled the visitors out for a low total of 123. With some excellent bowling from the openers. Liam Harvey and Nick partridge. With nick taking 2 wickets and Liam taking 1. There was also great bowling from Tom Bennett who got 2 wickets and Andy Bennett who got 3. We managed to knock the runs of easily and won the match by 9 wickets. A great batting performance from both Adam McNeilly and Nick Mundy both scoring over 50*. Great result and great to get maximum points. Hopefully the same again next week.

Match report from Luke Emm

2nd XI v Totton & Eling III away

Not quite so good for the Langford 2nd team yesterday. Batting first Langford scored 148 for 8 off their 40 overs helped by a solid opening stand of 70 by Adi Hughes (41) and Chris Miles (25). In response the Langford bowlers huffed and puffed but only 1 wicket went down before Totton & Eling knocked off the runs required. That was a stunning one handed catch high above Ben Hatt’s already high head. Try again next week.


Match report from Chris Miles


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Match report 6th July

Jul 8, 2019
Match report

1st XI v Southampton Travellers away

SLCC 170 ao

So Travellers 174 for 6

No details available


2nd XI v Andover IV home

Another comfortable win for the Langford 2nd team yesterday. Batting first we scored 185 for 6 off 40 overs with runs for Tom Stobbs (29), Andrew Clarke (41) and Will Allen (20) with Rob King (24) and Steve Emm (27) being not out at the end.
Andover started strongly and at 85 for 1 the Langford players were worried. However, a couple of quick wickets brought about a total collapse and 100 all out. Dave Hatchett (4 for 26) and Tom Bennett (5 for 18) doing the damage.


Report from Chris Miles

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Match report 29th June

Jul 1, 2019
Sat 29th June

1st XI v Breamore away

SLCC 151 ao

Breamore 96 ao

No details available.


2nd XI v Thruxton at home

Winning the toss and batting first on a hot day was the key to a comfortable victory for the Langford 2nd team today. Anchored by an excellent 89 not out from Ed (welcome back) Wyre and useful support from Tom Stobbs (37) and Darren Harvey (25), Langford amassed 215 for 9 in their 40 overs. Thruxton managed 144 all out in response with all 6 Langford bowlers chipping in with 1 or 2 wickets each.


Report from Chris Miles

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Match report 22nd June

Jun 24, 2019
Sat 22nd June

1st XI v Bournemouth III at home

BM III - 236 for 8

SLCC 191 ao

No details available

2nd XI v Redlynch & Hale 4th XI away

A disappointing day for the Langford 2nd team yesterday coming up 38 runs short at Redlynch. A solid bowling performance restricted the opposition to 153 for 4 but the batting never really fired apart from Will Allen’s 46 not out in a score of 116 all out.
Try again next week.

Report from Chris Miles

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Match report 15th June

Jun 17, 2019
15th June

1st XI v Hyde away - cancelled due to rain.

2nd XI - No game

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Junior match report

Jun 11, 2019
U11 v HSVW II Sunday 9th June

Steeple Langford U11’s vs HSVW 2

Another convincing win for the U11’s this week with a great team performance, and some tight bowling. Well done! 🏏👍

SLCC 102/4 (Benji Plunket 14)
HSVW2 47/12 (Ollie Spurrier 3/5)

Thanks to everyone who supported and helped out.


Report from Anthony Leyland U11 Manager

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Match reports 8th June

Jun 10, 2019
Hampshire League

1st XI home to Burley - played at Heytesbury CC

Burley 2013 for 6

SLCC 2014 for 8 Simon Ford 82*


2nd xI away to Hungerford II

Hungerford 221 for 9

SLCC 89 ao Tom Complin 39

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Match reports 1st June

Jun 4, 2019
Hampshire League

1st XI away to Whiteparish

Whiteparish 165 for 8

SLCC 72 ao


2nd XI home to Hyde II

Hyde II 171 for 9

SLCC 119 ao

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Match reports 25th May

May 28, 2019
Hampshire League

1st XI away to Redlynch & Hale II

SLCC 236 ao Nick Partridge 98, Gary Smith 60

R&D II 175 for 9 Nick Partridge 3 - 37


2nd XI home to Redlynch & Hale III

R&D III 186 for 9 Tom Stobbs 4- 36, Dave Haugh 2-2

SLCC 189 for 6 Tony Gipson 66, Dave Hatchett 53 , Alex Hawson 24.


A great result for both teams especially the 2nd XI considering we forfeitted first two games of the season. 


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Match report 18/05

May 21, 2019
SLCC 1st XI v Elligham

Ellingham 218 - 8

Nick Partridge 3-40

S Ralph 3-34

SLCC 188 ao

Nick Mundy 93

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Match report 11/05

May 14, 2019
SLCC 1st XI v Farley 1st XI

Farley 222 ao

Nick Partridge 3-36

Tom Complin 3-36

SLCC 136 ao

Nick Mundy 34

Nick Partridge 53

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Colts coaching Wed 8th May

May 8, 2019
Coaching is off its too wet.

Tonights colts coaching if off the out field is just too wet and its cold! See you all next week hopefully.

Andy Foyle

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Match report 04/05

May 7, 2019
SLCC v Redlynch & Hale

Redlynch & Hale 241 for 8

Tom Bennett 2-46

Adam McNeilly 2-35

Matt Huntley 3-31

SLCC 166 ao

Nick Mundy 74

Luke Emm 34

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Match report 20/04

Apr 23, 2019
SLCC v South Wilts III


20 April 2019

An unseasonably hot day meant Langford were happy to bat first against the local rivals.  Runs came fairly freely with Nick Partridge (41), Adam McNeilly (42) and Joe McNeilly (41) all playing well and disappointed not to go on to their 50’s.  A quick 20 from Luke Emm late on and a generous helping of extras led to a Langford score of 227 for 9.

The South Wilts openers made a solid start reaching 48in the 10th over before the first wicket fell to Partridge.  Runs continued to come pretty much at the required rate with occasional wickets not doing much to slow the South Wilts momentum.  Young Matt Huntley bowled well returning figures of 1 for 24 off his five overs.  Unfortunately, Liam Harvey wasn’t quite so lucky going for 26 off one of his overs which helped bring the game to a premature end in the 32nd over. Hopefully, a few more cobwebs blown away.

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Match report 13/04

Apr 17, 2019
SLCC V hythe & Dibden


13 April 2019

The first friendly of the season saw Langford at home to Hythe & Dibden.  Langford were put into bat and were immediately under the cosh against some excellent bowling from the H&D openers; one of which was the club’s overseas professional.  The first two wickets fell quite quickly but Adi Hughes (18) and Nick Partridge (20) managed to get things back on track before Alec Lloyd took a liking to the change bowlers and blitzed 103 not out.  Langford eventually scored 201.

In reply H&D were never really troubled as three batsmen scored 50’s before retiring with the winning runs coming in the 27th over.  Only two wickets fell, one each for Alec Lloyd and Russ Longland.  A thorough beating but at least a few cobwebs blown away.

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2019 Tuesday T20 league fixtures

Mar 11, 2019

All fixtures now added to website.


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2019 early season fixtures

Feb 12, 2019

The new season is approaching rapidly hopefully the weather will be as good as last season.  

The adult teams early season friendly matches are as follows – 13:00 starts. 

Saturday April 13th – Hythe & Dibden – Home 

Saturday April 20th – South Wilts 3rd XI – Home 

        Saturday April 27th – Kilmington & Stourton – Away 

        Saturday May 4th – 1st XI – Redlynch & Hale - Home 

                                    2nd XI – Broadchalke - Away 

               Saturday May 11th - Start of Hampshire League fixtures 

                      1st XI – Farley – Away 

                          2nd XI – Farley II - Home 

Sunday 5th May – Broomhill Ducks – Home 

The Tuesday T20 team fixtures are still TBC. 

All the seasons’ fixtures will shortly be available on the clubs website at along with club details and information. 

 You can also keep up to date by joining our Facebook site at   

The Wednesday evening Junior Cricket coaching will commence with a free taster session on Wednesday 24th April start 18:30. The 10 week coaching program starts Wednesday 1st May. We have games for U9’s, 11, 13 and 15’s still being confirmed all details will appear on website when available.  

The message to all last season’s members is please join up again  any cricketing newcomers in the community adult or junior please make contact at you are all very welcome to join us. 


Regards Andy Foyle – Chairman and Secretary. 

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2018 AGM elections

Feb 11, 2019

Steeple Langford CC Season 2019 

The AGM of Steeple Langford CC was held on Mon 21st January at the club house with 20 members in attendance. The following officers were elected to stand for the coming 2019 season. 




Ian Lloyd 

Vice Presidents 


X 12 elected on block 

Chairman, Fixture secretary, management trustee 

Andy Foyle 

Vice Chairman 


Pete Dennis 



Andy Foyle 



Joe McNeilly 

Membership Secretary 


Pete Dennis 

Club/Saturday 1st VI Captain 

Tom Bennett/Vice Captain Nick Mundy 


Saturday 2nd VI Captain 


Dave Russell/ Vice Captain Chris Miles 

Sunday Captain 

Alec Lloyd with others TBC 


Tuesday Evening League Captain 


Tom Bennett & Alec LLoyd 

Main Committee members 

Made up of Chairman, secretary, Treasurer, Club captain, Facilities manager & Fundraising officer 

Facilities Manager 


Pete Dennis, additional help also needed to maintain grounds 

Junior Coordinator 


Andy Foyle 

Club Welfare Officer 

Sandy McNeilly 

Club Development Officer 


Andy Foyle 

Publicity/Press Officer 

Covered by committee 

Fundraising/Sponsorship/Social Officers 

Sandy McNeilly plus other volunteers TBC 



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2018 season summary

Feb 10, 2019

End of season Cricket club news  

Both the Junior and adult sections incorporated their end of season presentations into fun day T20 matches on Sat 1st Sept. The juniors played against their dads in a keenly contested encounter this game signalling the end of a successful season for the U9, U11 and 13 teams who all completed in the Wiltshire Youth Cricket League. Unfortunately we did not have the numbers to run an U15 team in the league managing just a few friendlies during the season. The junior section continues to flourish with over 60 signed up for coaching on Wednesday evenings. 

The adults game followed on and once concluded everybody tucked in to yet another Sandy McNeilly BBQ.   

Both the Saturday teams had a torrid time in the Hampshire League. The 1st XI winning only once and finishing 3rd from bottom while the 2nd XI won twice and finished 2nd bottom. We really did struggle to find 22 players some weeks and unfortunately this lack of players was reflected in the results. My thanks go to the captains who spent so much time chasing around for players and our younger and part time members who turned out when requested. 

The Tuesday T20 team finished mid table with 4 wins whilst the Sunday friendly team games were fun and again allowed the youngsters valuable experience of adult cricket. 

The club again showcased the ground by putting on county games for Wiltshire Cricket Limited when Dorset U12’s in May and Devon U10’s in June visited Wiltshire – Wilts won both games. 

At the other end of the scale Wiltshire Over 70’s entertained Hertfordshire on Aug 2nd the game being played at an altogether slower pace. For the record Wiltshire won with former Hanging Langford resident Tim Lerwell scoring 50 retired. 

As usual the ground had that well kept look all season despite the lack rain and the pitches played really true. 

The club committee are already putting plans in place for next season with the emphasis on player retention and improving availability. The AGM will take place on Mon 21st January 2019 start 19:30 at the club all are welcome. 

If anyone reading this would like to play or knows someone else who would like to play or become involved as a volunteer then please make contact at    


Regards Andy Foyle 

SLCC Chairman   

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AGM date

Nov 7, 2018
Monday 21st January 2019 - start 19:30

Please turn up on the night and have your say and please consider volunteering to help out in some way.

The main committee members are hard pressed to keep the club running. I am not too sure how much longer we can keep going without additional help I sense something will have to give!!


Regards Andy Foyle Chairman


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Adult team news

Aug 24, 2018
Sat 4th Aug

1st XL v Amport

SLCC 235 ao

Tom Bennett 53

Andy Bennett 43

Adam McNeilly 33

Adam Dhanji 38

Amport 236 for 4


Once again, it was an almost impossible task to raise a team for the away trip to Hursley Park. Countless hours, texts, phone calls and Facebook messages still only led to 10 players on Saturday morning although this further reduced to 9 thanks to a late pull out after the game had started. With a depleted team and on a hot sunny day, captain Chris Miles had little doubt in choosing to bat first.

Adi Hughes and Joe McNeilly opened the batting and looked relatively comfortable against the opening bowlers before Hughes knicked one to the keeper for 9. McNeilly was joined by Liam Harvey (who had kindly dropped down from the first team to give a little more strength in depth) and between them they pushed the score onto 53 before Harvey was stumped for 12. McNeilly found the boundary regularly but was eventually out for 40. Miles tried to nurse the shortened tail but when he was out for 14 Langford were all out for 116 shortly after. With only 9 men this was considered better that might otherwise have been expected.

Liam Harvey opened the bowling and found the breakthrough in his 2nd over. Unfortunately, this only brought the Hursley Park captain to the crease and it was very quickly obvious that he knew exactly what he was doing with the bat. Harvey bowled straight through taking 1 for 16 off his 8 overs while Miles at the other end wasn’t quite his normal economical self. This wasn’t helped by the large gaps in the field with would be chances going through the vacant slip and gully areas. Darren Harvey replaced Miles and managed to remove the other opener but in truth Hursley Park were never in danger and knocked off the winning runs in the 26th over for the loss of only 2 wickets.

Another week, another defeat. For a club with so many members it’s hard to understand how and why it is quite so difficult to get a team out every week. The 2nd team has fielded 32 different players so far this season but there’s just no consistency of availability which makes it extremely frustrating for the captains. Many thanks this week to Alan Stafford who stepped in at the last minute to play his first game for 3 years and also to Darren Harvey who really should not be playing at all due to injury. If they hadn’t played, we would have forfeited the game and been deducted another 20 points. If it wasn’t for the forfeit earlier in the season we would be out of the relegation zone rather than sitting bottom of the league. Only 3 games to go so to all players reading this, please get behind the club and make yourselves available!!

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Adult team news

Aug 24, 2018
Sat 11th Aug

1st XI v Hungerford away

Match abandoned rain.


A good week in terms of availability meant that the first and second team both had their players sorted by Tuesday thereby making the captain’s job much easier and saving on the phone bill. An overcast day with rain threatening made a change from the rest of the summer and on winning the toss, the Cadnam captain asked Langford to bat.

Adi Hughes and Joe McNeilly again opened the batting and looked relatively solid through the opening overs. Unfortunately, both then fell in quick succession, Hughes for 17 and McNeilly for 6, to leave Langford at 27 for 2. A further flurry of quick wickets made the situation worse with Langford at 40 for 5 and struggling to post a competitive score. However, the middle and lower order helped to bring back some respectability with Tom Stobbs (19), Jasper Blackwood (15) and Barnaby Blackwood (8) helping to get things back on track. At 100 for 8 with 10 overs to go things still looked perilous but the Blackwood boys’ father Jock and captain Chris Miles played sensibly to ensure no further wickets fell. Langford eventually finished on 164 for 8 with Jock Blackwood 53 not out and Miles 28 not out.

With a relatively decent score to defend (in comparison to most of Langford’s batting performances this season), the opening bowlers of Stobbs and Miles went in search of the first wicket – they didn’t find it. Instead they found two resolute opening batsmen who took few risks while dispatching the bad balls that came along. Matters weren’t helped by more dropped catches although there were excuses this week as the game was frequently played in light drizzle conditions which made the ball very slippery. Jasper Blackwood eventually found the break through with Miles taking a juggled catch at point and followed it up by bowling the No 3 a few balls later. The score at this point was already 89 for 2 with Cadnam more than half way to the target. Despite frequently rotating the bowling and trying 7 different bowlers, no further wickets fell with Cadnam coasting to victory in the 30th over with the remaining opener being left stranded on 88 not out.

Not a bad performance overall particularly given the miserable weather conditions. The drizzle was never really heavy enough to stop play but at the same time the captains knew that if they stop the chances of starting again were very slim. Not sure that groundsman Pete Dennis agreed with playing on as he was seen prowling the boundary in his wellies no doubt trying to make a point.

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Adult team news

Aug 24, 2018
Sat 18th Aug

1st XI v IBM Hursley

IBM 227 for 7

Liam Harvey 2014, Nick Partridge 2-23

SLCC 174 ao

Adam Dhanji 53

Adam McNeilly 38

Nick Partridge 38

2nd XI v So'tn Travellers II away

Travellers forfeited the game 

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Adult team news

Aug 4, 2018
Sat 28th July

1st XI v Hartley Whintley II

SLCC 364 for 5

Chris Mundy 89, Nick Mundy 68, Nick Partridge 88, Adam McNeilly 44*

Hartley Whinlry 368 for 8

Nick Partridge 3-52


2nd XI v Trojans

SLCC 230

Trojans 98

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Adult team news

Jul 25, 2018
Sat 21st July

1st XI v Liphook & Risley II

SLCC210 for 8

Nick Mundy 50, Adam Dhanji 53.

L&R 221 for 7


It was very hard work during the week trying to raise enough players but in the end Langford managed to travel to Paultons with 10 men. The opposition Captain had had the same problem meaning that the Paultons team also comprised 10 players with one of those being a remarkably sprightly 80 year old. Conscious of Langford’s batting frailties, Chris Miles opted to field on winning the toss hoping to make use of the new ball on a pitch showing plenty of big cracks.

Tom Complin and Miles opened the bowling and as usual kept the ball swinging and the run rate down. Unfortunately, also as usual, they failed to make significant inroads with only one wicket going down in their opening spells, that being to Miles thanks to an excellent over the shoulder catch by young Jasper Blackwood running back towards the boundary. Nathan Hill replaced Complin and bowled a threatening spell of often short pitched bowling that left the batsmen wearing a few bruises. He managed two wickets, one involving the batsmen demolishing his own stumps as he tried to pull a short one. He could also have had another had it not been for a somewhat contentious caught behind that wasn’t given. Meanwhile, Jasper Blackwood bowled tidily but with no reward at the other end. Joe McNeilly and Barnaby Blackwood completed the bowling as the Paultons batsmen looked to push the run rate towards the end. McNeilly took one wicket but Paultons finished on 221 for 4. Disappointing for Langford, particularly given that at least 4 or 5 catches went down which could have made all the difference.

Langford’s response with the bat followed a sadly familiar theme. McNeilly bowled in the second over by a ball that hit one of the big cracks and rolled along the ground. Hill following shortly after run out having been called through and then sent back too late. Adi Hughes tickling one through to the keeper to leave Langford on 14 for 3 at the end of the 7th over. Fortunately, Dave Russell seemed more at home than the rest on the two paced wicket and played confidently and competently while wickets continued to fall at the other end. 14 for 3 quickly became 26 for 6 as a series of leading edges were dollied up to mid wicket. Young Jasper Blackwood helped to bring a degree of respectability back by keeping Russell company as well as sending two big 6’s back over the bowler’s head. He was eventually out for 19 while looking to go big again. Miles brought up the tail and with Russell managed to put on another 25, however, Russell was eventually the last man out for a well worked 43. Langford being 93 all out.

Another bad defeat leaves one thinking that last week’s win was nothing but a mirage. That said, there are always positives in every performance and it could have been a totally different story if all the catches had been held.

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Tuesday evening league update

Jul 25, 2018
Tues 24th July


SLCC - 143/8 off 20 overs 

Alec Lloyd - 37 
Nick Partridge - 31 

BDCC - 103/7 off 20 overs 

Luke Stephens - 1/5 off 4 
Josh Hamblin - 3/13 off 3 
Tom Bennett - 1/17 off 4

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Adult team news

Jul 16, 2018
Weekend report Sat 14th July

1st XI v Liss away

SLCC 76 ao

Liss 82 for 1



Something strange happened at Langford on Saturday – the second team won!!

A heavy storm the night before, coupled with the non-deployment of the covers, meant that the game took place on a damp, late April type of wicket rather than the usual Langford July belter. Another hot and sunny day meant that things would only dry out and get better as the game went on, so Captain Chris Miles had little doubt in asking Ashford Hill to bat on winning the toss. Only then did the Ashford Hill Captain confess to only having 9 men.

The lack of a full team seemed to weigh heavily on the Ashford Hill batsmen as they fought hard to protect their wickets and looked to take no risks at all. So much so that the runs scored didn’t overtake the overs bowled until the 9th over. Raj Kumar bowled very tidily going for only 9 runs in 6 overs while at the other end Miles went for only 7 runs in 8 overs taking 2 wickets in the process. The returning Nathan Hill replaced Kumar and bowled a quick and aggressive spell deserving more than 1 for 28 from 8 overs. Similarly, young Tom Complin bowled with good control returning 1 for 23 from 6 overs. Ashford Hill had managed to limp to 71 for 4 by the 28th over but the second change bowlers at either end, Jasper Blackwood and Joe McNeilly, soon wrapped up the shortened tail both taking 2 for 2 from 2 overs to leave Ashford Hill 76 all out. An excellent bowling and fielding performance but could Langford’s fragile batting stand the test?

Adi Hughes and Raj Kumar opened the batting and immediately looked at ease. Kumar’s 6 in the first over and Hughes’ 3 straight drives for 4 in the next, set the nerves to rest meaning that Langford were already a third of the way to the total required after only 4 overs. They both continued in the same vein and it was a surprise when Hughes was caught for 32. Kumar followed shortly after for a sprightly 31 but by then the score was already 66 with plenty of batting still to come. Joe McNeilly (4 n.o.) and Nathan Hill (6 n.o.) safely saw Langford home to what was an emphatic victory.

It feels good to win at last, but the result was slightly tempered by playing an under-strength opposition. That said, would a full-strength Ashford Hill team have fared any better? Frankly, I doubt it as for once Langford seemed to have plenty in reserve. Let’s see if we can follow things up with another win next week.

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Adult team news

Jul 9, 2018
Weekend report Sat 7th July

1st XI home to Michelmersh & Timsbury

Michelmersh 232 for 6

Nick Partridge 3-31

SLCC 234 for 6

Nick Partridge 129

Adam Dhanji 41

A "WIN" at last - Nick and adam shared a stand of 160 to successfully chase down 233 to win.


It was World Cup quarter final day so during the week the Captain’s had agreed an extended tea to allow for the football. The M&T Captain won the toss and asked Langford to bat. This was somewhat surprising given the blazing hot sun but probably influenced by Langford’s poor batting performances of late and the wish to complete the innings before the football started.

Joe McNeilly and the returning Harry Mould opened the batting and looked relatively untroubled until Mould was bowled for 9. No.3 Adi Hughes then looked to take control and played a series of attractive drives to the boundary advancing the score at a nice and steady 5 an over. After McNeilly went for 7, Tom Complin joined Hughes and immediately looked at ease hitting anything loose to the boundary. All was looking good at 87 for 2 after 16 overs, but the fall of Complin for 19 opened the door to the all too familiar Langford batting collapse. Chris Miles kept Hughes company for a while scoring 10 but when he went, followed shortly later by Hughes for a gritty 54, the innings dwindled away to 113 all out. Perfectly timed 10 minutes before kick off of the football.

Two hours later and buoyed by an England victory, Langford strove for the early break through needed when seeking to defend a low total. Miles bowled 3 maidens to start with to keep the pressure on, but it was Complin at the other end who got the first wicket with a sharp caught and bowled in the 9th over with the score on 23. Miles then trapped the other opener LBW with the score on 35. At this stage Langford were well in the match but the Michelmersh No.3 and No.4 started to take the game away from them. Jasper Blackwood bowled the No.3 and Miles did similar to the No.4 and all of sudden Michelmersh were 74 for 4 and Langford were back in it. Young Blackwood took 2 more wickets and Joe McNeilly 1 but eventually Michelmersh hit the winning runs for the loss of 7 wickets. Complin 1 for 20, Miles 2 for 33, Blackwood 3 for 43, McNeilly 1 for 14.

A disappointing result as Langford were well set to post a challenging first innings total until things fell away. Having taken 7 wickets it’s clear that another 30 or 40 runs with the bat could have made all the difference. That said, plenty of positives to take into next week’s home game against the team 2nd bottom of the league.

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Tuesday evening league update

Jul 7, 2018
Tues 5th July

Fovant 190 for 5

Luke Stephens 3-31

SLCC 171 for 5

Tom Bennett 52*, Harry Mould 43, Nathan Hill 28*

We lost by 19 runs - if only we had bowled a bit straighter. SLCC 31 wides Fovant 6!

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Adult team news

Jul 2, 2018
Weekend report Sat 30th June

1st XI away to Redlynch & Hale no report available

SLCC 150 ao

Andy Bennett 42

R & H 151 for 4

2nd XI - No game 

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Weekend report Sat 23rd June

Jun 26, 2018
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.

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Tuesday evening league update

Jun 21, 2018
Tues 19th June

Ko cup 1st round

Chalke Valley

131 for 9

Tom Bennett 3-27

Matt Dhanji 2-19


106 ao

Nick Partridge 33

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Weekend report Sat 16th June

Jun 18, 2018
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


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.

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Adult team news

Jun 13, 2018
Tuesday evening league update- 12th June

First win of the season at Berwick last night.

Berwick 107 all out

Alac Lloyd 3-13

SLCC 108 for 2

Alec lloyd 36*

Liam Harvey 25

Extras 29!

Well done to all.


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Junior cricket

Jun 12, 2018
U13's home to Malmesbury Sun 10th June

Manager Alex Swanton reports.............
Not a good day yesterday, we batted first and after being 4 for 3, we did welll to post 107, Finn Parsons top scored with 17. 
I was reasonably confident at lunch thinking our bowling was stronger than their’s. Unfortunately they had two strong opening bats who laid into our bowlers and knocked off the runs in less than 10 overs. We generally didn’t get our lengths right but were accurate. Sometimes in these game the straighter you bowl, the more you get hit.

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Junior cricket

Jun 10, 2018
U11's match report Friday 8th June

Third win in three games for the U11's so far this season, Friday evening - home against Heytesbury and Sutton Veny 

SLCC won by 11 runs 

SLCC 308 for 3 Total = 293 

Osric 9 
Edward 5 
Benji P 5 

H&SV 297 for 3 Total = 282 

All three wickets were run outs 

Another excellent all round team performance with 13 players involved overall. Bowled and batted well but the game was won with superior fielding

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Weekend report Sat 26th & BH Mon 28th May

Jun 3, 2018
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.


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.

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Weekend report Sat 19th May

Jun 2, 2018
Adult cricket

1st XI 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

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Weekend report Sat 12th & Sun 13th May

Jun 1, 2018
Adult cricket


The Steeple Langford first team finally got their season underway welcoming Petersfield to The Wirr. The opposition went through a rigorous warm up session following their long journey while the Langford players watched on and saved their energy for when it mattered. Home captain Tom Bennett won the toss and elected to field first.

Andy Bennett opened from the Rainbow end with a friendly full toss that was deposited over cow corner for the first runs of the match. This was a definite ‘loosener’ as his ageing limbs then settled into a tight spell yielding 1 for 24 off his 9 overs. Luke Stephens opened from the Bungalow end and couldn’t quite find his rhythm so was replaced by Matt Dhanji after 4 overs. Dhanji’s first over also included a couple of ‘looseners’ that the batsmen took advantage of but then settled into a hostile and effective spell yielding 2 for 26 off his 9 overs. At the half way point Petersfield were 77 for 4 with Langford confident of restricting them to a modest total. Unfortunately, the wickets then dried up for a while as Petersfield’s South African No. 4 (Marshell) played himself in nicely before exploding towards the end. Wickets eventually started to fall at the other end but there was little that could stop the onslaught from Marshell as he plundered 107 before being bowled off the last ball of the innings. His last 68 runs came off just 23 balls and including 6 fours and 6 sixes with 21 coming off one particular over. Chris Miles claimed 5 for 49 as Petersfield finished on 229 for 9.

Chris Mundy and Gary Smith opened the batting in the chase and initially dug in against two genuinely quick opening bowlers. As the batsmen found their feet, the runs started to flow with the Langford response at 70 when Smith was the first to fall for 32 in the 17th over. Tom Bennett kept Mundy company up to and through the drinks interval when Langford were 89 for 1 so ahead of where Petersfield were at a similar stage. When Bennett (12) was out, Liam Harvey took over and batted well helping to keep the run rate moving against some accurate change bowling. Mundy fell for an excellent 70 in the 38th over and with that Langford’s chances of getting the runs required started to fade away. The situation wasn’t helped by two seemingly unnecessary run outs one of which saw Harvey (26) return to the pavilion. The Langford response eventually drifted to the end with the innings finishing on 188 for 8.

A disappointing result not help by a number of dropped catches from the Langford fielders. At least two went down off the Petersfield centurian Marshell before he really got going which, if held, could have made a big difference. Oh well, try again at Chawton next week.


Steeple Langford 2nd XI v Andover IV - Cancelled Andover unable to raise a team.


Sunday XI v Redlynch & Hale - No report available

R&H - 150 for 9 Will Allen 3-39

SL - 139 ao Alec Lloyd 52, Luke Emm 35

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Colts weekend report

May 10, 2018

Colts weekend report
U11's v Shrewton away - Steeple Langford won by 64 runs (Barrington rules)
U13's v Marlbrough away - Marl 119 for 6, SL 73 for 8 Hal Mellor 3-12 & 21, Tobin Hankey 2-19

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Sat 5th May match report

May 9, 2018
Adult cricket

1st XI v OT's & Romsey III's at East Tytherley CC - Game cancelled outfield still too wet for a roller!


The first league game of the season brought Farley II to Langford on a beautiful sunny day. The wicket and the outfield looked a picture despite the recent bad weather and the slight lack of preparation time. With the hot sun the pitch was only going to better over time so when home captain Chris Miles won the toss he invited Farley to bat.

Liam Harvey opened from the bungalow end with Miles opening from the Rainbow end. Both settled quickly into a nice line and length with the Farley batsmen finding it hard to get the ball away. Miles was particularly miserly conceding only 8 runs in his 8 overs but with only 1 wicket for his efforts. At drinks the game was evenly poised with Langford having restricted Farley to just 54 runs but with the batting team still having 9 wickets in hand. Gary Smith (2 for 42) and the returning Raj Kumar (1 for 44) were the first change bowlers and the scoring rate started to increase. The batsmen were also starting to take greater risks to speed things up so wickets also began to fall. Darren Harvey replaced Kumar and worked his way through the lower middle order and tail to return fine figures of 4 for 15 from his 8 overs. Liam Harvey (1 for 31) returned to complete the innings and should have had a further wicket if it were not for a simple dropped catch from captain Miles which cost Langford an extra bowling point and gifted Farley an extra batting point. At the end of the 40 overs Farley were 154 for 9.

After a leisurely tea (a benefit of matches now starting at 1o/c rather than 2o/c), the Langford openers of Adi Hughes and Raj Kumar strode out keen to knock off the modest total required for victory. However, as seems so typical of Langford batting, things didn’t go quite according to plan. Kumar quickly returned to the pavilion before Hughes and Gary Smith started to get things moving nicely. Hughes in particular looked very threatening racing to 31 by the 9th over before unfortunately running himself out. Even though, at 51 for 2 with 30 overs remaining, Langford were still confident. That confidence didn’t last long though as the Farley bowlers took the pace off the ball and the Langford batsmen started finding the fielder’s hands. A couple of LBW decisions by the home umpire led to some ‘debate’ in the bar afterwards but with Smith (10) being the only other batsman to reach double figures, the Langford innings fizzled out to a disappointing 81 all out.

Not what was hoped for or expected but nobody said it would be easy in a higher league following promotion last season.

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Colts news and update - U11's

May 7, 2018
Junior cricket

Friday 4th May vs Shrewton away 

Shrewton 243 less 40 Total 203 
Keara 2-9
Joey 2-4
Ryan 1-1
Osric 1-3
Benji P 1-8
1 run out Ryan
SLCC 272 less 5 Total 267 
Osric 19
Edward 4
Jake 3
Dan 2
Benji P 1
Joey 1
Good all round performance with only one wicket lost against 8 wickets taken.
Sun 13th May vs Chalke Valley
SLCC 279 less 20 Total 259
Benji P 12
Joey 10
Benji U 4
Ryan 4
Samuel 4 
Jake 2
Edward 2
Maggie 2
Chalke Valley 293 less 70 Total 223
Jake 5 - 13 includes 4 wickets in 4 balls!
Benji U 2 - 5
Samuel 2 - 10
Ryan 1 - 8
Keara 1 - 9
3 run outs all Joey 
Again an excellent all round team performance with 14 wickets taken including a hat trick for Jake. Everyone contributed and back each other up in the field.
Rob king - U11 coach & Manager

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Tuesday evening league match report

May 5, 2018
Tues 1st May

After a promising season last year, Steeple Langford started their 2018 campaign at home against newly formed Salisbury Wanderers.

Langford bowled first, with Luke Stephens (20/1 off 4 overs) opening the bowling and taking the important wicket of M. Gurung (31), who looked to be striking the ball well. However, as the Wanderers started to put on runs, D. Pirie (50*), tight bowling from Darren Harvey (20/0 off 2 overs) and J. Corden (31/0 off 4 overs) helped to restrict the visitors to 85/1 off 12 overs. For the final 8 overs, M. Dhanji (28/0 off 4 over) bowled a tight spell together with A. Lloyd (18/2 off 4 overs) bowling an impressive spell to end the first innings 140/3 off the 20 overs.

Langford got off to a great start with openers A. Lloyd and T. Bennett hitting a respectable 53 off of the first 9 overs. However, after realising we were behind the run rate, the openers hit an impressive 18 runs off the 10th over to get us back into the game. This eventually lead to T. Bennet (50*) and A. Lloyd (50*) both retiring. Sadly, things took a turn for the worse with wickets falling very quickly, and Langford needing a nail biting 12 runs off the last 12 balls. However, things did not go our way, as we came up 3 runs short.

Disappointing not to get over the line, however there are lots of positives to take onto next week’s game against our bitter rivals Fovant!!!

Report from Alec Lloyd Captain

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Early season report

May 4, 2018
Adult cricket

Sat 14th April - The early season starter game against Hythe & Dibden was cancelled due to the rain!

Sat 21st April v South Wilts III's did go ahead on the artificial pitch. Thanks to Chris Miles for this report............


21 April 2018

With the weather having been wet for so long and the pitch not yet fully prepared, the first friendly of the season took place on the artificial wicket. South Wilts won the toss and batted first. Runs came fairly freely throughout the 40 overs with three batsmen being ‘retired’ out on completing their half centuries. Sean Bailey, Andy Bennett, Darren Harvey and Tom Bennett all took a wicket each for the home side with Adam Dhanji completing a smart run out. In truth, South Wilts were never really troubled(245 for 5) but Langford gave eight bowlers five overs each which hopefully got rid of a bit of rustiness.

The Langford response started in typical early season fashion being 9 for 2 at the end of the 5th over and 27 for 4 at the end of the 11th over. A brief recovery in the middle order followed as Sean Bailey (23) and Adam Dhanji (42) started finding the boundary more often. Adi Hughes (15) and Darren Harvey (13) were the only other Langford batsmen to make double figures with the innings coming to an end on 123 all out in the 32nd over. A comprehensive and deserved win for South Wilts.

Sat 28th April v Kilmington & Sturton was also cancelled due to the rain!

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Colts coaching session Wed 25th April

Apr 25, 2018
Its on tonight!

The Colts coaching is on tonight. The ground is bathed in glorious sunshine at the moment so we are going for it 😀😀
Hope the showers keep away from Steeple Langford this evening.

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Junior Section news

Apr 10, 2018
"Free" taster coaching session

A reminder to everybody that the season is just around the corner despite the weather.
The Junior section kick off the season with a "Free" taster coaching session on Wed 18th April starting at 18:30. All last seasons members are also invited. 
The actual 10 week coaching program starts from Wed 25th April.
Please pass this on to any interested parties we have lots of room for new members.
Any questions or queries please contact me.

Andy Foyle

Chairman & Junior Coordinator

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A day for the batting sides...but Langford came up short - Match Report 1st XI 20th August

Aug 21, 2017

Langford's penultimate match of the season was a visit from Chawton I. Going in to the match, Langford knew that nothing other than a win would suffice to remain in the division.Trying to keep alive the slim chance of staying up and with it salvage a below par season. 

Luke Stephens won the toss and invited Chawton to bat on a slightly damp surface.   However, what seemed like a good toss to win didn't go to plan as Chawton raced along to 130 at the drinks break. O. Williams and A.Vickers the pair responsible, and in doing so setting the perfect platform for the Chawton innings. With both falling either side of drinks for 43 and 61 respectively. It brought J Channon to the crease, he bludgeoned the Langford attack to all parts and raced along to a rapid fire 59. The Langford attack did well to claw back Chawton and take wickets late on. Runs continued though and Chawton finished on an imposing 278 for the loss of 9 wickets. Huge credit must go to Nick Partridge, Gary Smith and Chris Miles who stuck to their task and got two wickets piece for their efforts. 

The Langford reply started badly with Gary Smith falling cheaply. Nick Partridge batted aggressively and in doing so got Langford back in to the game and importantly in keeping with the run rate. Chris Mundy joined Partridge (45) to help keep the scoreboard ticking over before the latter fell going for one big hit too many. Tom Bennett strode out to the middle and picked up where Partridge left off, despatching the Chawton attack to all parts. Both men brought up their fifties and help keep the game alive. Mundy finally fell for 66 with G Charlton sneaking one through his defences. Bennett, had to contend with a bad back and a flurry of wickets at the other end. He batted superbly and brought up his 100 and more importantly kept Langford in the match. Unfortunately he was run out for an excellent 112 and in doing so removing any chance of a Langford win. Liam Harvey the last to fall, the home side 17 runs shy of Chawton's 278. 

With Langford's relegation all but confirmed, the result is a reminder of what could of been for their season. Next week sees Langford host Tichborne in their final fixture and look to finish on a high. 

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A Tie..... 1st XI Match Report 5th August

Aug 10, 2017

Saturday saw Langford entertain Amport in an eventful game. After 2 weeks off due to the wet weather, Langford were keen to play some cricket and look to avoid the drop. On a damp looking wicket, Amport didn't hesitate in inserting a run shy Langford team. Starting in a cautious manner, Nick Mundy and Gary Smith set the platform with both making it to drinks with the score on 74. However, drinks brought the wicket of Gary Smith 54 before leading to a flurry of wickets and a shift in momentum. Adam McNeilly 38 counter attacked well and formed mini-partnerships with the lower order to help scramble to a competitive 176. 

Langford knew that wickets were key in restricting the run chase and Gary Smith obliged removing the opener. Amport had other ideas though and raced along with M Hickman and N Birks scoring 35 and 39 respectively. Darren Harvey halted the chase removing Hickman before taking another 3 wickets to turn the momentum back in Langfords favour. Nick Partridge assisted Harvey and removed 2 more to put the home side in the driving seat. Momentum swung  back Amport's way with a 10th wicket partnership and in doing so creeping towards the finish line. With Amport 9 down and the scores level Chris Mundy removed A Early to force an unlikely draw and clinch some much needed points in their relegation battle. 

Next week sees Langford make the trip to table toppers Odiham and look to move away from the relegation zone. 

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Tuesday side finish 2nd

Aug 10, 2017

The last Tuesday game of the season still had potential for Langford to win the league, depending on Shrewton's result against Boscombe Down and whether the rain would play a part.

On an overcast night after a damp day Langford bowled first against Berwick. Chris Mundy in particular bowling an excellent opening spell where he accounted for Dickenson for 9. Foster and Haggaty looked to take the attack to Langford but as the outfield was long and a bit damp had to rely on boundaries, which accounted for Foster first for 15 caught by Gary Smith off Bobby Dazzler Harvey. However Hagatty remained and accelerated the scoring before departing to a catch by McNeilly in the deep (yes you did read that right). Alec Lloyd and Darren Harvey finishing with 2 wickets a piece as runs dried up and Berwick left a tricky 109 to chase.

Luke Stephens was sent in with Smith as he had to get to a party and played a few lusty strokes before he was caught, Alec Lloyd came and went for 0 before Smith was also caught leaving Langford struggling and with the rain imminent Langford needed to be on at least 55 after 10 overs to win the game. Ford and McNeilly were now at the crease, Ford looking to run quick singles, turn 2s into 3s and McNeilly striking the ball well, they took the score to 64-4 off 10 overs beofe the rain came. The teams tried to go back out but the rain by this point was relentless, when both captains shook hands giving Langford the win, McNeilly 17* and Ford 7*. Langford hit the pub awaiting Shrewtons result and bad news, Shrewton stuffed Boscombe before the rain came meaning 2nd place not 1st was ours, so close but a fantatsic season overall.

Troggs and myself have really enjoyed this season, as I think have the whole team and bar 2 games it has been brilliant, let's use this motivation to go one better next year, Thanks all!!



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Tuesday Night Round up

Aug 2, 2017

With just one game left of the Tuesday night season, the team still have an outside possibility of winning the league, currently 2nd, a point behind leaders Shrewton, but with Shrewton due to play bottom of the table Boscombe Down next week, it looks unlikely. The team can reflect on an excellent season, but for the fact for 2 poor games, both against South Newton, the season's outcome could have been a lot different. However, that be said it has been a really good season and this has again been backed up by another winning run since the semi final loss to South Newton. Alec Lloyd has matured into well it seems an all rounder role now, but importantly for him and the team he has scored runs throughout the season and taken wickets along the way, his 4 wickets last week against Boscombe Down and 52* against Amesbury last night typifies this. Nick Partridge has bowled with accuracy and pace and has taken a fair few wickets along the way, backing up his 3-9 against Boscombe Down last week with another 2 wickets last night against Amesbury. Gary Smith has also typically bowled tightly and scored some very important and at times brutal runs this year (in the games he played in, when his back wasn't broken). I could go on and on as a lot of players have had a good season and overall the team has worked well together and played some excellent cricket this season and with one game left, against Berwick next week, could be the most successful season in a good few years. So, we go out next week, play the way we have been playing get the win and look back on a great season for us! 

Troggs and Fordy (mainly written by Fordy)

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1st XI Match Report - 15th July

Jul 21, 2017

Saturday saw Langford make the trip to Winchester to play RAM CC. Looking to make it back to back wins, Stephens won the toss and elected to field. A questionable looking pitch combined with a huge outfield hoped to help in restricting the opposition to a small total. However, RAM's openers thought differently motoring along and taking plenty of risks in the process. After a fast start it was Luke Stephens and Tom Bennett who pegged back the RAM onslaught, returning with figures of  2-44 and 3-37 respectively. With the platform set RAM's aggressive approach continued finishing their innings on a daunting 259 for 8. The standouts being Sajjad Kiani 58 and Faz Khan 63. 

The Langford reply had an all too embarrassing feel to it. Inayat Khan doing the damage bowling accurately and at good pace. With the Langford line up continuing to miss those pesky straight deliveries it was a case of damage limitation. Luke Emm dug in and made 10 before Chris Mundy being the last to fall, trapped in front for a watchful 40. Langford all out for 80 with Inayat Khan returning with 7-11 from his 10 overs. 

Next Saturday sees Langford play host to high flyers Liss and look to rebuild and bounce back........again. 

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

Jul 17, 2017


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.

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Back to winning? 1st XI Match Report 1st July

Jul 3, 2017

Saturday saw Langford entertain Littleton & West Hill and look to stop the rot of previous weeks. On a damp pitch it seemed the toss could prove decisive with the weather set fair all day. Stephens won and didn’t hesitate in inserting the opposition. Looking to take early wickets with a threadbare attack, Andy Bennett and Chris Mundy obliged bowling tight lines and being backed up with good catching in the field. Wickets tumbled with Andy Bennett being rewarded with 5-15 from his 10 overs, assisted by Chris Mundy 2-18 off 10 overs. Tom Bennett and Luke Stephens were then introduced and continued to put the Littleton batting line-up under pressure before taking the final 3 wickets. Luke Stephens finished with 2-15. Only J Cook offered resistance scoring 22.

The Langford reply started well with Tom Bennett scoring freely before falling to P Cook for 16. This brought Chris Mundy to the crease; he set about chasing the small total. Nick Mundy assisted in nullifying the away team’s attack before finally reaching the total inside 20 overs. Chris Mundy top scored with 38 and Nick Mundy finished on 20 to secure a comfortable 9-wicket win for Langford.

Next week sees no game for Langford before looking to put together a winning run with the trip to RAM.   

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Super catches win matches - 2nd XI Report 1st July

Jul 3, 2017


A confident Langford second team travelled to bottom of the league Michelmersh hopeful of another victory to keep their fine run of form going. The toss was lost and Langford were invited to bat first.

Simon Bailey and Matt Dhanji began well with numerous quick singles mixed in with some big hits to the boundary. Dhanji in particular looked in good form as Bailey happily played second fiddle to give the youngster the strike and to score the majority of the runs. A couple of slices of luck as catches were dropped but Dhanji went on to bring up his first league 50 before eventually being out for an excellent 63. Simon Bailey was joined by his son Sean before both were out in quick succession either side of drinks, Simon for 31 and Sean for 17. At 120 for 2 at the half way point Langford were confident of a big score. However, the Michelmersh bowling then tightened up as they took the pace off the ball meaning that runs became much harder to find. Andy Foyle (16) and Darren Harvey (9) looked after the youngsters Angus Steele and Ned Allen in the middle order before Chris Miles scored a breezy 19 at the end to ensure that Langford secured full batting points finishing on 203 for 9.

The Michelmersh response started in frantic style as both openers looking to be positive. A conventional off side field quickly changed to a deep leg side field as most shots seemed to find their way there irrespective of the delivery. The first wicket went down in the 10th over with Andy Foyle pouching one at gully off the bowling of Sean Bailey (a foot either side and he would have been struggling). Chris Miles removed the other opener in the next over with Bailey taking a diving one handed caught and bowled in the one after that. Three wickets in three overs put Langford firmly back in control. Matt Dhanji joined the attack and bowled with real pace and aggression. This was fired up further when a full toss bowled the batsman only for it to be called ‘no ball’ for height. Figures of 1 for 9 off 7 overs didn’t do him justice. Darren Harvey and Tony Gipson were brought on to mop up the tail which they duly did, Harvey taking 4 for 10 and Gipson 1 for 4. Michelmersh were all out for 109 in the 31st over. An excellent all round fielding performance, two relatively straight forward catches for Foyle and Jamie Crosier, two good catches off high balls by Dhanji and Gipson and two stunning diving one handers by young Angus Steele.

Another good win to cement third place in the league. A week off next week before reconvening for the local derby against Shrewton.

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Colts coaching session 28th June

Jun 28, 2017
Tonight's session is off!

Sorry too much rain has fallen.

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Oh dear... 1st XI Match Report 26th June

Jun 26, 2017

Saturday had a déjà vu feel to it with Langford losing away at South Wilts III’s. Having won the toss, Stephens elected to bat and looked to post a competitive total. Excellent early bowling from the South Wilts openers restricted the Langford stroke play before the pressure finally telling. First to fall was Tom Bennett before the usual flurry of wickets. Ten of the Langford batting line-up failed to make double figures with only Luke Emm 11 and the ever consistent extras top scoring with 12. Langford skittled out for a woeful 47. South wilts bowlers all returned with superb figures, Tom Lewis 3-12 , Akram Ghauri 3-7, Tom Bolam 2-6 and Ben Fisher 2-14.     

South Wilts reply wasn’t all plain sailing with the home team losing 4 wickets before inevitably chasing the small total. Luke Stephens the pick with 3-13 and Chris Mundy taking 1-17. On reflection another 50 runs for the visitors could have been enough to win the game.

Next week sees Langford host Littleton and West Hill and hopefully stop the rot. 

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2nds win again! 2nd XI Match Report 26th June

Jun 26, 2017


After morning showers and under a threatening sky, the covers were left on until 10 minutes before the start of the game. The unveiling of the wicket revealed what looked to be a typical Langford batting track and the Andover Captain took little time in choosing to bat first. This didn’t disappoint Langford too much as the overhead conditions and the new ball looked to favour what was a strong seam and swing bowling attack.

Matt Dhanji and Sean Bailey opened the bowling and kept things relatively tight without seeming to cause the batsmen too much difficulty. If anything the ball was probably doing too much in the air and off the pitch. However the introduction of Nathan Hill at the start of the 13th over brought instant reward as his long hop loosener was helped to square leg where Adi Hughes took a smart catch. Hill went on to take 2 for 37 off seven overs from one end while Chris Miles stopped up the other end bowling a beguiling mixture of out swingers and off cutters and taking 2 for just 15 off his full ten overs. Darren Harvey replaced Hill and kept the pressure on also taking 2 for 15 but off 5.4 overs while the returning Dhanji helped finish things off leaving him with 2 for 30 and Andover 136 all out. A very strong bowling performance that was backed up well in the field thanks to some good catching and another couple of run outs. Simon Bailey behind the stumps also deserves praise for two stumpings and a catch stood up to the quick bowlers.

Tea was had and the Langford reply started but the umpires brought the players off and called for the covers after just one over as light rain began to fall. This led to a tense wait for Langford as it was a game that was clearly there for the winning if the rain passed. Fortunately it did and the game restarted after a break of 39 minutes during which there was a thorough reading of the ‘what to do if it rains’ section of the league handbook. Ultimately it was agreed that Langford had a reduced target of 95 to win off 29 overs. Adi Hughes and Sean Bailey began carefully in the awkward conditions but slowly took control such that 56 was already on the board when Adi Hughes was the first out for 19. Matt Dhanji then kept Bailey company until the latter was out for a fluent 43 when the score was on 79. Angus Steele came in at number four and the two youngsters took the score to 94 meaning just one run to win. Rather than just pushing a single for the victory, Dhanji backed himself and hit a big six over the bungalows and into the road thereby bringing up the 100 and securing what could be a vital extra batting point come the end of the season.

Another excellent win for the seconds against what was previously an unbeaten Andover side. Langford are now third in the league having already played most the teams in the top half of the table.

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Rollercoaster Saturday season continues - 1st XI Match Report

Jun 21, 2017

Saturday saw Langford's rollercoaster season take another dip away at the hands of Hook & Newham III. The hosts made a positive start with the bat and looked to pounce on anything loose from the Langford attack. However, Langford took wickets at regular intervals to help stem the flow of runs. As the Langford attack toiled in the heat the Hook opener Harry Robson batted excellently until being dismissed for an impressive 68. Late wickets tumbled with Chris Miles being the pick of the attack finishing with a deserved  4-39 and Luke Stephens assisting with 2-33. Hook finishing on what seemed an above par 187. 

The Langford reply had an all too familiar feel to it with a glut of wickets going down. Starts were made by Nick Partridge, Nick Mundy and Chris Mundy scoring 26, 24 and 22 respectively. Langford continued to gift away wickets though with Liam Harvey the the last man to fall. Langford limping to  108 all out. Hook's standout bowlers were James Dovey 4-40 and Luke Simpson 3-6. 

The result leaves Langford 15th in the table and searching for a much needed boost. Next week sees Langford make the short trip to South Wilts and look to make amendss on a historically batsman friendly track. 

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Langford into the Semi's!!

Jun 21, 2017

Steeple Langford continued their impressive Tuesday night league run, this time coming in the cup quarter final against Chalke Valley.

On a scorching evening, Langford bowled first and were soon into their stride, with Nick Partidge (bowling with pace and accuracy) took the wicket of Jeffrey for just 1! Matt De Pass also joined the action with some tidy bowling and accounted for the usually dangerous Hitchings for 5, Simon Ford taking a good catch in order the give De Pass a wicket he deserved. Johnson and Fortescue held the fort for Valley, Johnson in particular not looking troubled but slowly compling his innings where as Fortescue looked to attack Langfords bowlers. Langford stuck at it and were rewarded with a wicket with Fortescue being bowled by golden arm Alec Lloyd (can the boy do no wrong), Johnson however went on to complete his 52* and some tight bowling at the death left Langford nedding 140 to win, Cahle Valley ending up on 139-3.

Langford reply started ok, with Lloyd and Tom Bennett ticking the score over but both departed soon after each other, Lloyd being bowled and Bennett caught at cover. Simon Ford and Chris Mundy then were together and with some quick singles, running well between the wickets turning 1's into 2's got Langford to 42 after 7 overs, Ford then missed a straight one leaving Langford 42-3, still needing 98! Nick Partridge came in and batted with his normal aggression, taking it to the bowlers and hitting some much needed boundaries. With both he and Mundy looking comfortable and edging Langford to the end, Fortescue came on and helped the team out, sending down 5 wides and going for 15 off his over, with only 20 needed from 4 overs Partridge was caught going for a big one of Hulme, Tom Dennis quickly came and went chopping on but then Nathan Hill and Chris Mundy saw us home with an over and 5 wickets to spare, Mundy ending with 42*.

Another excellent team performance, South Newton now in the Semi Finals and next week in the league, revenge is due!!

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U13 match report v Warminster 11th June

Jun 14, 2017
Another win!!

Opposition : Warminster C C

Venue : Home
Toss : Steeple Langford 
Match Type : 30 overs
Team: Tom Complin- captain 
Harry Wainwright 
Jasper Blackwood 
Max Woodhouse
Tobin Hankey 
Jayden Phelps 
Alex Christian 
Oscar Swanton 
Josh Coles 
Henry Harrington 
Alex Smith 
On a blustery but warm afternoon Tom won the toss and elected to field first. Max and Tom opened the bowling. Max being slightly wayward in his first few overs, while Tom bowled with more control, producing some away swing. Their persistence paid off with each of them claiming an opener's wicket apiece. 
Jasper and Tobin came on next. Jasper bowled a great spell with pace and accuracy and was unbelievably unlucky not to pick up a wicket. Tobin bowled with control, learning that accuracy is more important than speed! This policy was rewarded in his fourth over when he picked up 2 wickets. 
With Warminster on 80-5 after 16 overs Steeple Langford were very much on top. However they had some strong hitters in their lower order and things slightly got away from us, aided by some dropped catches, and they were eventually all out for 178.
 Extras again prove to be our nemesis, an area we need to improve. The ground fielding has improved; there were two run outs, but a number of catches went down, again an area we will work on. The wickets were shared around, showing that we have a number of strong bowlers, with Tobin taking 2-13, Tom 2-37, Max 2-38, Harry 1-17 and Henry taking his first wicket of the season.
The chase proved to be very exiting. We got off to a quick start with Jasper continuing where he left off off in the last match, and Harry batting well. After hitting 4 fours in a row Jasper tried for a fifth but missed a straight one! Harry and Tom continued strongly but both came unstuck against the introduction of spin. Max looked in good touch but was another victim of the spinner. 
At 115-4 after 15 overs the chase looked under control with Tobin and Jayden at the crease. Tobin batted beautifully but was starting to run out partners. Jayden, Alex C, Oscar all looked good but all were caught in the field and as the wickets fell the run rate slowed, the pressure built. Josh came and went and it was left to Henry to keep Tobin company. At 8 down with 12 more runs required it was getting tight. Their best bowlers were brought back on and Henry did very well to keep them out and snatch a few singles to get Tobin back on strike. Tobin kept his cool and the target was reached with 8 balls to spare. Steeple Langford win by 2 wickets.  Tobin finished 43 not out, the stand out batting performance, with Jasper making a quick 33 and Harry a solid 20. 
All in all a real team performance, with everyone contributing. The good news is that I still don't think we've seen the best from this team. There is a lot of potential here and I think the best is still to come.

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Players display their medals

U9's Kwik cricket

Jun 6, 2017
Sun 4th June Heytesbury/Sutton Veny

The Kwik cricketers attended the Heytesbury/Sutton Veny festival on Sunday. Manager Robin Ball commented - 
Sunday's festival went very well. We lost the first two games narrowly against much older opposition (by just 2 runs against the well-drilled hosts!). After batting first in the final game and scoring just (2)19 runs, they bowled and fielded magnificently to win by 2. Two catches by Alex and an amazing run out by Jake in particular won us our first game of the season. Overall a great team performance, and great improvement being made all round. 

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Langford on a role... 1st XI Match Report 3rd June

Jun 4, 2017

Saturday saw Langford make the trip to Hungerford and look to continue their upturn in form. Skipper Stephens lost the toss and was asked to field on what looked to be a batsman friendly track. Langford made the ideal start with Nick Partridge removing both openers with a lively and accurate opening spell. However, Hungerford continued to play their shots and look to put the Langford attack on the back foot. Wickets continued to tumble though with Tom Bennett and Alex Penny picking up D.Hawkins 36 and C.Thorp 26. Luke Stephens also got in on the act taking two wickets late in the innings and returning with figures of 2-2. Partridge wrapped up the Hungerford innings with 134 on the board, removing K.Powell 32 and finishing with 3-39. Alex Penny 3-30 and Tom Bennett 2-31 were the other picks of the Langford attack.

In reply, Langford made the worse possible start with Nick Mundy adjudged  to be LBW  to Lauren Bell 1-38 without troubling the scorers. This brought Chris Mundy to the crease, he set about chasing the small target along with Gary Smith. The latter had an early reprieve but took advantage batting in a typically uncompromising style, despatching any loose delivery to the rope. Both men saw their team home with Gary Smith the stand-out making 84 Not Out. Chris Mundy ably assisting with 38 not out. Langford registering an impressive 9 wicket win and securing a maximum 24 points.

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New boys impress as the 2s win again - 2nd XI Match Report 3rd June

Jun 4, 2017


At the request of the visiting team the start of the match was brought forward half an hour but it seemed that the message didn’t reach all the Langford players meaning only seven were ready to go at the earlier time. Fortunately Chris Miles won the toss and elected to bat on what looked to be another belter of a wicket at Langford.

Adi Hughes and newcomer Simon Bailey opened the innings and got off to a solid start before Hughes was out for 20 in the 12 over. Last week’s hero Darren Harvey found the number three role a bit more challenging which brought Joe McNeilly to the crease a few balls later. McNeilly and Bailey, who was starting to find his range again after a long time out of the game, put on 71 for the third wicket before McNeilly departed for 18. This brought Jon Bartholomew (Bart) to the wicket who took the attack to the Trojans bowling with a series of big boundary shots. Bailey was eventually out for a controlled 74 in the 41st over having put on 112 with Bart for the fourth wicket. Will Bartholomew joined his father for the last few balls and helped push the Langford score to 257 for 4 at the close with Bart being an excellent 88 not out. A good score but would it be enough on a pitch clearly favouring the batsmen.

Sean Bailey, son of Simon and also new to the second team, opened the bowling from the bungalow end with Chris Miles doing so from the field end. Both bowled tight opening spells with Bailey getting the first wicket in his second over. The batsmen then dug in and started to build a reply reaching 86 for the one wicket at the drinks break. With eight an over required Langford were confident of wrapping up the win but the remaining Trojans opener had different ideas. He began to throw more caution to the wind and hit some big boundaries to keep his side up with the run rate. Difficult half chances came and went but he still kept going and looked to manipulate the strike by refusing singles at the start of the over and taking risky singles at the end of the over. This approach resulted in three run outs of his team mates, including a superb long throw direct hit with one stump to aim at from Mark Thompson, before he was eventually run out himself with four overs to go having amassed 161 runs. This enabled Langford to control the last few overs and ease to a 12 run victory having taken seven wickets. The only wicket takers for the bowlers were Sean Bailey 1 for 43 and Will Bartholomew 2 for 43.

An excellent win for Langford to push them towards the top end of the table. It was good to see the Bailey and Bartholomew father and son combinations having a big influence on the game and it is hoped that all four will continue to be available for the seconds going forward.

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U13 match report v Calne

Jun 2, 2017
Report provided by Alex Swanton

Date: 28/05/17

 Opposition: Calne CC
 Venue: Home
 Toss: Steeple Langford
Match Type: 30 overs

Steeple Langford won the toss and asked Calne to bat first. Jasper and Tom C opened the bowling. Jasper bowled with great pace but maybe at the expense of a little accuracy. Tom C, after an expensive first over, bowled well and was unlikely not to pick up the wicket of their star batsman twice in his second over. Firstly a very close LBW, followed by a faint nick that didn't quite carry to the keeper. Unfortunately this proved to be expensive as she went on to make 80. Tom C did eventually manage to get the wickets of both openers and, with a late wicket, finished with 3 for 38. 
Calne's innings slowed up considerably after the loss of their top 3. Harry picking up 2 wickets, with both Finns picking up a wicket each. 
Calne finished on 176-7 in their 30 overs. 

Steeple Langford's innings could not have got off to a worse start. Captain Harry run out without facing a ball in the first over, followed shortly afterwards by the run out of Tom C. Thoughts of another frenetic batting performance crossed my mind but luckily in came Jasper. He played beautifully in an aggressive but controlled manner, particularly strong down the ground, playing with a straight bat. He finished on 106 only getting out, egged on by his teammates on the boundary, trying to finish off the match in style. He was well supported at first by Finn R who stuck with him for several overs, then by Jayden who batted sensibly, finishing 27 not out. 
Steeple Langford won by 4 wickets.

Harry Wainwright - captain 
Tom Complin 
Jasper Blackwood 
Tom Mitchell 
Finn Reavill
Jayden Phelps 
Oscar Swanton
Finn Parsons
Alex Smith 
Barney Dolphin 
Ben Felton 

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U13 match report v Marlbrough

Jun 1, 2017
provided by Alex Swanton

Date: 14/05/17

Opposition: Marlborough CC 

Venue: Home

Toss: Marlborough 

Match type: 30 overs


Report: On a pleasant afternoon for cricket, Marlborough opted to bat first. Alex Christian and Tobin Hankey opened the bowling for Steeple Langford. The Marlborough openers made a solid start before Alex made the first breakthrough. Their no. 3 and opener, clearly their strongest players, then settled into a partnership. Alex and Tobin stuck to their task well. Alex producing swing and seam movement, which impressed the opposition umpire enough to comment, and Tobin bowled with great accuracy and good pace, but neither could make the breakthrough. The first change bowlers; Finn Reavill and Jayden Phelps continued in the same vain, bowling well, but with no reward. 

Then the introduction of spin, Harry Wainwright brought himself on with Finn Parsons bowling his leg spin at the other end. The drinks break proved to be our friend with Harry picking up both their set players in his next two overs. As their middle and lower order struggled to score freely it was good to see Harry letting everyone bowl at least an over with no one disgracing themselves. Alex came back on to pick up two more wickets with Barney Dolphin taking the other wicket to fall.

Marlborough finished on 154-7 with Alex taking 3 for 25, and Harry 2 for 25. All in all a good bowling performance only let down by some sloppy fielding at times, maybe letting them get 25 more runs than they should have.
The chase should have been a simple task requiring a fraction over 5 an over. However the team seemed intent on knocking them off in half that. I think the newer members of the team, never playing more than 20 over games before, didn't realise how much time they had. Wickets fell at regular intervals many down to the hurried batting. Tobin Hankey was the only one who applied himself making 28, with Jayden Phelps making a quick 18.
We were eventually bowled out for 82 in the 24th over. We certainly had the batting ability to score the required runs, hopefully we will learn from this and apply ourselves in the future.
Marlborough won by 72 runs.

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Tues Night March continues

May 31, 2017

Langford's rise up the table on a Tuesday night continued this week against a battered Boscombe Down, with Langford running riot and totalling 187-3.

Langford were inserted and Gary Smith Alec Lloyd started positively, Smith in fact too positive and timed one too well straight to deep midwicket for 4. Chris Mundy fresh from his 102* was next in and he and Lloyd superbly tore the Boscombe Down attack apart, with drives, pulls and cuts, Mundy duly retired on 51* with 87 on the board after just 9 overs. Ford joined Lloyd and he immediately looked to keep the scoring flowing, hitting 15 off his first over faced, he and Lloyd continued to pile on the runs smashing the bad balls and running quick singles before Ford, looking to heave one out of the ground was bowled for a well made 41, Lloyd soon retired even though the scorer was unsure when he should have retired for a brilliant 50* and then Dennis departed for a quick 6 before Luke Emm and Pete Smith finished off the innings with Langford compliling 187-3

Boscombe's reply didn't start too well with Luke Stephens taking the wicket of Hook in the 3rd over, but then Kelly decided to have a bit of fun with the bowling, smashing 4's all over the place and taken a liken to one particular De Pass over hitting 4 consecutive 4's. He retired for a brutal 50* with Gibson digging in at the other end. Hamblin and Smith were the new bowlers, Smith bowled with control and economy and unlucky not to take a wicket, but Hamblin fresh from his hat trick against Fovant mixed his pace and apparently the Boscombe batsman only wanted to heave him, resulting on him clean bowling 4 of them on way to his 4-14. Chris Mundy and Liam (death bowler) Harvey were brought on for the last 5 overs with Boscombe struggling on 92, Mundy took 2 quick wickets with Alec Lloyd poaching the dangerous Boardman with a flying catch at gully (which the whole ground/teams appaulded) and then the overs and innings had run out with Gibson there for 17 overs scoring 18* and Mundy finishing for 2-3 and the score at 111-7. 

A great effort from Langford and the mood is now high in camp after 3 wins in a row, long may it continue, next up Amesbury away.


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Hop along Harvey is the hat trick hero!! 2nd XI Match Report 27th May

May 29, 2017

After a frantic week trying to get a team together for a Bank Holiday weekend game, Langford travelled to play Thruxton with 10 men.  The player shortage was almost compounded as half the team couldn’t find the ground as it was in the middle of a new housing estate and not yet shown on google earth or on Satnavs. 

Langford were invited to bat first on what looked to be a tricky wicket with Adi Hughes and Chris Miles looking to take their time and unlike previous weeks, to get off to a good start.  Hughes succeeded in this respect anchoring the innings by batting 27 overs for 30 runs.  Support from Joe McNeilly (9) and Andy Foyle (13) meant that although scoring was slow at the start, wickets were kept in hand allowing the scoring rate to gradually increase as the innings progressed.  The main impetus came from Darren Harvey at number seven who, as a consequence of recent keyhole surgery on his knee, compensated for a lack of mobility by opening his shoulders and targeting the boundary.  That said, he still somehow managed an all run four courtesy of overthrows.  Harvey was eventually out for 46 while Dave Haugh carried his bat for 9 not out.  A generous supply of extras (37) helped Langford end the innings on a useful 153 for 8.

The Thruxton reply started with the opener trying to smash every ball out of the ground.  The reason for this was soon apparent as he retired at the end of the 7th over in order to get home before breaching his curfew.  By this time the score was already 47 and it looked as if the game was slipping away.  However, Chris Miles eventually found his rhythm and got the off cutter working taking the first three wickets and finishing with figures of 3 for 24.  Hop-along Harvey replaced the unlucky Jamie Crosier (0 for 38) and bowled off two steps to protect his knee.  This didn’t diminish his effectiveness as he proceeded to take 6 for 19 in 25 balls, including a hat trick, which left Thruxton all out for just 92 after 20 overs. 

An excellent win for Langford was just the tonic needed after a difficult week.  Although Darren Harvey was clearly man of the match, special thanks must go to non-regulars Russ Longland, Andy Foyle, Alastair Barrett and Venki Shan for making themselves available and enabling Langford to field a decent team. 

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Mundy and Penny get the winning run going - 1st XI Match Report 27th May

May 29, 2017

Langford vs Michelmarsh and Timsbury

Saturday saw a 10-man Langford get back to winning ways with an emphatic 24 point win over Michelmarsh and Timsbury. Langford won the toss and chose to bat on a typically flat wicket. Michelmarsh started well restricting the Langford openers to few scoring opportunities before removing both openers, leaving Langford 28-2. This brought Alex Penny and Chris Mundy to the crease, they set about building Langford a large total. Penny showed his intentions from the start despatching the Michelmarsh attack to the rope on numerous occasions. Penny finally fell for a destructive 75 from just 46 deliveries. Mundy continued to keep the score board ticking over before reaching an excellent 102 Not Out and setting Michelmarsh the unenviable task of chasing 242. The pick of the Michelmarsh attack were Lyons and Loescher who finished with 2-38 and 2-24 respectively.

In reply Langford started well with Gary Smith removing the dangerous Hurle first ball of the innings. Langford continued to restrict Michelmarsh taking wickets at regular intervals with tight bowling. Only blemish for Langford was the complacent fielding display with a number of catches dropped. Langford finally wrapped up the Michelmarsh innings with an emphatic 132 run victory. The standout performances of the Langford attack were Smith 4-28, Liam Harvey 3-10 and a fine all-round display by Penny 2-20. 

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Club Fundraising

May 25, 2017
Please join in?

We have about twenty tickets left on our latest sweepstake competition. French open tennis ladies singles. £2 a go. £50 winner, £30 second, £20 losing semi finalists, £10 most aces first round. Message me if you haven't had a go and would like a couple of tickets.


Martin Grearson 07900 695802 or

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Match Report - 2nd XI - 20th May 17

May 24, 2017


With rain threatening, the covers were still on at Langford when local rivals Dinton arrived from over the hill. Once the wicket was exposed and inspected Langford won the toss and elected to bowl first.

Nathan Hill steamed in from the bungalow end and, whether intentionally or not, adopted a short pitched approach to the left handed opener. This resulted in a number of false shots and edges but unfortunately also in a number of relatively simple dropped catches. Just when it looked as if it was going to be the opener’s lucky day it was fourth time lucky for Langford as one of the youngest players on the pitch, Angus Steele, showed how easy catching should be. The other Dinton opener was seeing the ball very well and with the score being 98 for 1 at the half way stage it looked as if Langford could be chasing a big total. A double change straight after drinks brought on the spin twins of Tony Gipson (2 for 42) and Dave Haugh (2 for 21) who between them removed the other opener for 70 and the middle order leaving Chris Miles (1 for 34) and Nathan Hill (3 for 31) to mop up most of the tail. Dinton eventually completed their 42 overs at 198 for 9 leaving Langford with a challenging but not unachievable run chase.

As is becoming common place, a few quick wickets at the top of the innings left Langford reeling on 10 for 3. Nathan Hill and Joe McNeilly then set about rebuilding the innings before Hill (15) was removed by a fantastic catch at mid wicket. McNeilly and Luke Emm continued the rebuilding and took the score up to 72 for 4 after 21 overs but the drinks break did what it always seems to do with Emm (15) falling straight after. This brought Chris Miles to the wicket who with McNeilly put on 68 for the next wicket and looked to be turning the game in Langford’s favour. However, McNeilly eventually fell for an excellent and patient 47 and was followed shortly after by Miles for 36 who bizarrely somehow managed to hit his own wicket. This turned out to be the turning point in the game as the remaining batsmen couldn’t keep up with the run rate but did manage to eke out another batting bonus point. The Langford innings ended on 175 for 9.

Another case of what might have been for Langford. The old adage that catches win matches applies as you can’t expect to drop six guilt edged opportunities and not end up chasing a big score. Extra catching practice required.

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Pyjama Party No.2 Cancelled

May 24, 2017

Langford arrived at Chalke Valley (a little bit late), buoyed by the previous win against Fovant, looking to make it 2 wins from 2 against another pyjama wearing team.

Ford lost the toss and initially took to the field with 5 players, slowly, before the other tribe arrived in tandem, quickly changing to make a full 11.

Matt Dhanji and Luke Stephens opened the bowling and after a steady start Dhanji was rewarded with the wicket of Johnson, caught behind by Pete Smith, who had already shelled two with his baking tray gloves, umpire Troggs gave the batsman and Langford had their first wicket, both bowlers bowled tidily and finished their 8 overs before being replaced by Gary Smith and Liam Harvey.

The game then changed with Smith taking wickets of Hitchings and Brown, mention to Matt Dhanji who took a steepler of a catch to remove the dangerous Hitchings. Alec Lloyd chipped in with a direct throw running out Jeffrey without facing and then Liam Harvey accounted for Mercer and Verdin, bowling the best he's bowled all year. Chalke Valley limped to 107-6 off their 20 overs, with Smith taking 2-15 and Harvey taking 2-18.

Beattie and Smith were sent out to take the attack to the Chalke Valley bowling, Hitchings went with the theory of trying to bowl some short stuff which Smith duly dispatched in consecutive balls. Beattie using his new bat smeared one to deep midwicket and then got carried away and was cuaght leaving us 40-1 off 4, Alec (I don't fancy batting tonight) Lloyd was sent in at 3 and joined in the fun with Smith, striking the ball sweetly and continuing to take the game away from Valley. Smith was caught going for one shot too many but had made an excellent and brutal 31. Ford joined Lloyd and the pair continued to play shots, Ford dispatching slow bowler Hulme for 4's and Lloyd timing and dancing down the track to Brown, proving that Ford was right putting him into bat when he didnt want to! The pair reached the 12th over with only 1 needed to win, Ford decided to plant a massive 6 to deep midwicket and the game was over, a fantastic and aggressive win for Langford, with Lloyd finishing on an excellent 42* and Ford 21*.

Langford continue their march up the table at home to Boscombe Down next week!

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ECB All Stars

May 23, 2017
Starts Mon 22nd May

The ECB All Stars coaching program will now start on Monday 5th June at 18:00 and runs for 8 weeks. Sign up has been slow and the ECB advised us to move start date back 2 weeks. Their minimum number is ideally 10 we only have 7 signed up at the moment.  
Liam Harvey & Luke Emm are the coaches/activators delivering All Stars for us. 
You can sign up to All Stars Cricket at . Please spread the word and make this a big success


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Wed 17th May- Colts training

May 17, 2017
Colts training

Sorry but training tonight is off its too wet! 

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Match Report - 2nd XI - 13th May 17

May 14, 2017


With both teams having no league fixtures this weekend a friendly was arranged between the two local rivals. Overnight rain had left the wicket a little soft on top but still hard below meaning that the captain who won the toss was always likely to field first on a drying wicket. This was exactly what happened with Langford being invited to bat.

The Shrewton opening bowlers were tight in their length and line and got the ball swinging nicely such that a few early wickets were lost. The arrival of Nathan Hill at the crease helped steady the ship but when Chris Miles joined him the score was 56 for 5 in the 13th over with the Langford innings in danger of slipping away. Hill and Miles dug in while still dispatching the bad ball and eventually took the score to a more respectable 110 for 5 at the half way stage. Two balls after drinks Chris Miles (24) picked out pretty much the only fielder on the leg side with the seventh wicket falling just a couple of balls later to leave Langford in the lurch again. Hill then took the initiative with some lusty blows and attempted to nurse the strike through what turned out to be some kamikaze running between the wickets which resulted in two run outs. Ollie Blake (13) provided good support to Hill who eventually carried his bat for an excellent 84 in a Langford total of 170 all out.

Matt Dhanji and Chris Miles opened the bowling for Langford against a top order who were quick on to anything slightly short or wide. Dhanji took the first wicket when the score was on 32 with the second coming shortly after thanks to an excellent pick up, throw and direct hit run out by Adi Hughes. The opening bowlers were replaced by Jamie Crosier who bowled six tight overs for just seven runs at one end, and at the other by Nathan Hill who bowled what could best be described as ‘erratically’ before being hooked after his third over. At the half way point, the Shrewton response was up with the run rate being 84 for 4. As with the Langford innings, the drinks interval brought two quick wickets straight after but this only served to bring the Shrewton number eight to the crease who decided to open his ample shoulders and to play some expansive shots. Runs started to come more quickly such that with 10 overs to go Shrewton required 22 runs with three wickets still in hand. Joe McNeilly (3 for 47) and Tony Gipson (1 for 24) were replaced by Dhanji (1 for 32) and Miles for one last throw of the dice. This proved to be successful as Miles (3 for 18) wrapped things up by bowling the last three batsmen.

A good game that swung one way then the other a couple of times ended with a win for Langford by 15 runs. Hopefully Langford can do the same again when the two sides meet in the league in mid July.

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Match Report - 1st XI - 13th May 17

May 13, 2017

Match Report - 1st XI - 13th May 17

Langford's haven’t quite fired as a batting unit so far this year, that continued this weekend against Hartley Witney. Langford batted first on another good track and Witney attack started well taking a wicket in just the 3rd over, Gary Smith being bowled off his pads for just 1. Andy Bennett soon departed shortly after being bowled round his legs by Lockhurst, who was getting some good movement from the Rainbow on the lake end. Mundy joined Tom Bennett, who after initially looking shaky (probably because he was still drunk), started to play some shots and get some runs on the board for Langford. However Mundy was then adjudged LBW by the skipper and Simon Ford came into bat with the score at 48-4, this then became 48-5 as Nick Partridge sent a return catch back to the bowler and then became 57-6 when Tom Bennett was bowled by change bowler Soper's first ball. In a very precarious position, Pete Smith and Ford then looked to do a rebuilding job. Initially both watchful they slowly started ticking the score along, picking off the boundaries with the bad balls and running some quick singles, the pair batted for 19 overs putting on 87, Smith departed for a well made 35 and shortly after getting his 50, Ford was caught in the deep looking for runs in the last few overs for 51. Mark Thompson and Liam Harvey then were bowled cheaply and Langford were all out for 145 in the 40th over.

Slightly dejected but thinking it could have been worse, Langford took to the field, Nick Partridge and Gary Smith opened the bowling and right from the start Raj Nair looked to pick up where he left off from his 100 last week, driving anything too full and pulling anything too short, at the other end the guy couldn’t really hold the bat but held up an end. It took until the 18th over to make a breakthrough, with Stephens having Millward caught for 8!!! (the score was 84). Soon after the dangerous Nair was sold down the river and run out for a very good 63. Langford continued to apply pressure and Nick Partridge took a stunning catch at slip off Bennett to leave Witney at 94-3, however Kirkpatrick played a few shots and scored a quick 24, being bowled by Smith, 2 more wickets followed but a few lusty blows from the Witney middle order got them across the line with 4 wickets in hand. Langford feeling that maybe another 40 odd runs would have made an interesting finish, but more application required next week against Dinton. A great effort in the situation though!

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Junior cricket

May 11, 2017
U11's match report

Steeple Langford under 11s v South Wilts Ladies under 13s, 30th April (Home) 

First game of the season for the boys and for a number the first game ever on a bright, windy April day against a strong South Wilts Ladies team who had been playing all winter. 

This was going to be a tough fixture as the girls had at least a year if not two more of experience but the boys acquitted themselves well. 

South Wilts batted and off the very first ball of the game their captain was well caught in the covers by Jake Savage. Thereafter bowling proved harder going against two skilful batsmen until we got one four short of her 5. In all South Wilts scored 163-3 of their 20 overs which was quite a daunting target. The boys had, however bowled well and quite accurately in the main, keeping extras down to an acceptable level. 

Batting second Steeple Langford were up against a fast attack from the girls two years their senior but batted steadfastly. Again the additional experience showed in the field and runs were not easy to come by. SL made 113 – 5 in their twenty overs, the highlights being a good partnership between Barrett and Whiting who’s two 6s were memorable. 

A good first match of the season played in excellent spirit. Everyone had a bowl and the boys will have benefitted from experience in the field.

Richard Harffey U11 manager

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2nd XI Match Report - 6th May 2017

May 10, 2017


After a hectic week trying to find a full team it was only ten Langford men that took to the pitch for the first game of the season and one of them had to go at tea. Redlynch won the toss and elected to bat. The first wicket fell in the 3rd over but it wasn’t until the 18th over that another went when the score was 79. At the mid innings point Redlynch looked well set on 84 for 3 but the loss of their opener for 42 just before drinks seemed to turn the tide. Three further quick wickets gave Langford hope of chasing a relatively low total, however, the Redlynch number eight took a more aggressive approach and knocked a quick fire 31 not out to eventually leave them on 161 for 9 at the end of their 42 overs. All the Langford bowlers did well: Matt Dhanji 2 for 41, Chris Miles 2 for 31, Jamie Crosier 1 for 26 and Nathan Hill 4 for 26 being the wicket takers.

Adi Hughes and Matt Dhanji opened the reply for Langford with Hughes immediately being dropped by the keeper without scoring. This was to be the stroke of luck Langford needed as he went on to anchor the innings scoring an excellent 71. Hughes was well support by Nathan Hill who scored 34 (91 partnership) to complete a good individual game with both bat and ball and when he was out young colt Angus Steele kept things moving nicely. Hughes eventually fell in the 36th over with 14 runs still required. A maiden built the pressure a little but a big straight six from Luke Emm meant Langford eventually secured the win with only five wickets lost. Young Steele ended 21 not out and looked totally at home playing in senior league cricket.

A good win against an experienced side bodes well for the rest of the season particularly if a full eleven man team can be put out in the future.

Chris Miles

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Langford gatecrash the pyjama party

May 10, 2017

After last week's disappointment (losing to South Newton), Langford hosted the pyjama boys (Fovant), which usually doesnt end well in terms of results for Langford.

Tom Bennett lost the toss and on a nice sunny evening was invited to bowl. Matt Dhanji and Liam Harvey opened and after a steady start Matt Dhanji had Boatwright caught. Rob Pitman and Tom Pearce then took to the Langford attack with Pitman retiring for 53* and the score well poised for a big one at 92-2 off 10.

However, Langford had different ideas, Stephens came on and bowled a good line and length and no full tosses as against South Newton the week previously, Alec Lloyd supported near the end and Stephens ended with 3-17 off his 4 overs, a fantastic display, but the real drama was yet to unfold. Hamblin brought on for the last few overs started with a wicket, a drive to Ford at cover, next ball, cleaned bowled their no.9, no.10 walks in and hat trick ball, Hamblin clean bowls him with an off cutter and jubilant Langford had their tails up whilst Hamblin was loving his Hat trick (which he talked about at school the next day!!) the 4th ball of his spell Pitman was run out so he ended with 3-0 off 4 balls, leaving Fovant on 129 all out.

Langford sent in Gary "Drive" Smith and Tom Bennett to attack a modest total at Langford. Smith immediately showing intent by bungalowing the first ball. The score ticked along well with the rate but then Smith departed for 28, bringing in Alec Lloyd with the skipper, Tom Bennett who admits himself it wasn't his quickest knock was dispatching the bad ball and the pair were running singles, however Lloyd was caught for 8 bringing in Ford, who was more than happy to let Bennett control the strike and manoeuvre singles. Bennett was dropped on 49 and ran through for a single to retire, leaving 36 off the last 7 overs. Tom Dennis came and went for 1, being run out then Emm left for the same score. Pete Smith was in next and he and Ford ran singles, striking the occasional 4 leaving the scores tied in the 19th over, Ford missed the first one, got dropped on the second and then steered the 3rd ball for 4, ensuring a great win for Langford, Ford finishing on 13* and Smith 8*. Pyjama Party well and truly crashed!!

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Friendly Match Reports

May 5, 2017


22 April 2017

Captain Chris Miles won the toss and opted to bat first. Adam McNeilly (13) and Nick Partridge (25) opened confidently finding the boundary regularly before both falling in quick succession. A mini collapse followed leaving Langford on 68 for 4 in the 18th over before Gary Smith took control in impressive style. His 106 not out coupled with a good 47 from ‘extras’ helped Langford to a total of 226 for 8 from the 40 overs.

In response South Wilts batted patiently but slowly fell behind the asking rate reaching 111 for 2 by the 25th over. However, with wickets in hand it could still have been a tight game. That soon changed with the introduction of Tom Bennett (4 for 7) and Nathan Hill (3 for 15) who helped ensure that South Wilts were eventually all out for 163 in the 36th over. Eight bowlers were used in total allowing everyone to get rid of a few cobwebs before the season starts in earnest.



29 April 2017

A team comprising 3 first team, 5 second team and 3 colts travelled to Kilmington for the final pre-season friendly and batted first on a rock hard wicket. A terrible start led to a score of 12 for 3 at the end of the fifth over leaving Langford at risk of a heavy beating. Chris Mundy (82) led the fight back although never truly looked at ease throughout his knock. Tony Gipson (32) provided excellent support allowing a reasonable total of 172 all out to eventually be posted.

In response Chris Miles and Luke Stephens kept the openers quiet restricting the score to just two an over for the first 12 overs but without being able to make the breakthrough. That had to wait until the 23rd over with the score on 90. A few more wickets followed but in reality Kilmington paced their innings very well hitting the winning run off the fourth ball of the final over. As with the previous week, eight bowlers were used with the pick being Andy Bennett (2 for 12) and Tony Gipson (2 for 22).

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Indoor Team win the double

Apr 11, 2017

Sunday Night saw the indoor team claim the league and cup double for Langford.

2 weeks previously the team clinched the league title in a thrilling last game of the season against the nearest rivals for the title Redlynch B, but Langford came out on top restricting Redlynch to just over 70 and chasing the total down with ease.

Sunday night came an opportunity for the team to win the double, this time they came across Redlynch C.
Langford won the toss and inserted Redlynch, a tactic which has worked well this season, Langford started well with Haggaty taking an early wicket, 2 more wickets fell from good aggressive bowling and tight fielding, leaving Langford in a great postion. Stan Boardman came to the crease looking to up the tempo with some hard hitting and quick runs, he was doing this and then was given run out, but this was dubious as looked in, so Langford called him back in where he then duly retired, a wicket near the end brought Boardman back in an he continued to try and set a competitive target, ending up 36* with Haggaty taking 2 wickets and everyone bowling and fielding well.

Langford's start wasnt great as Haggaty who so many times this year has scored well, fell for just 2 chopping on. This brought in Simon Ford with Alec Lloyd, the pair looked for 3's and Ford took the iniative with quick runs and placing the ball well to keep the scoreboard ticking over, he soon retired on 26* with Lloyd supporting him well, this left the game well balanced with 30 needed off the last 4.3 overs, Lloyd soon departed caught and bowled, but then Emm and Darren Harvey kept ticking it over and even ran twice scoring 5, Emm departed next bringing Liam Harvey in and 12 were needed from 2 overs. Not to be put off by the tightness of the game, young Harvey adopting a ballsy and cavalier approach dispatched 2 straight 4's over the bowlers head duly wrapping up the game with 5 balls to spare, a great way to win the game and finish off the season.

The team of Alec Lloyd, James Haggaty, Simon Ford, Luke Emm, Liam Harvey, Matt Dhanji, Darren Harvey and 2 cameos from Nick Partridge believe that having a consistent team each week and playing some great cricket lead to the successful season.

Special mention to James Haggatty for winning both bowling and batting award for the season in the league and Ian Lloyd for scoring and supporting each week and buying the first round of winners beers in the pub!!

Well done guys


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Nets - Time change!!!

Mar 25, 2017

Hi all,

Just to let you know that nets is 12-2 tomorrow, not 11-1 as orignally stated, Tollgate double booked!!



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ECB All Stars available at SLCC

Mar 23, 2017

 ECB All Stars program - From Monday 20th March you will see and hear the ECB pushing their new initiative via all available media outlets to get 5 to 8 year old's into cricket. SLCC have signed up to deliver this program locally for the ECB. This will be on Monday evenings starting 22nd May for 8 weeks. Luke Emm and Liam Harvey will be our trained up activators as they are called for this initiative supported by Darren Harvey and myself. 

Link to all stars web site  - . 

Please note we are still offering coaching as usual for 5 to 8's on Wednesdays the All Stars program does not take its place. 

Regards Andy Foyle

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Election of officers 2017

Mar 18, 2017

Steeple Langford Cricket Club held its AGM on Mon 23rd January 2017 with 20 members in attendance.

The following officers were elected to stand for the 2017 season

Position Name


David Henderson

Chairman, Fixture secretary,

Andy Foyle

Vice Chairman

Andy Bennett


Andy Bennett


Emily Tabb

Membership Secretary

Andy Bennett

Club/Saturday 1st XI Captain

Luke Stephens

Saturday 2nd XI Captain

Chris Miles

Sunday Captain

Alastair Barrett

Tuesday Evening League Captain

Tom Bennett

Committee members

Made up of Chairman, secretary, Club captain, Treasurer, Fundraising officers

Grounds man & Facilities Manager

Pete Dennis

Junior Coordinators

Andy Foyle & Howard Smith

Club Welfare Officer

Sandy McNeilly

Club Development Officer

Andy Foyle

Publicity/Press Officer

Simon Ford

Fundraising/Sponsorship/Social Officers

Sandy McNeilly, Dave Moscrop



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Open letter to all players and volunteers

Mar 12, 2017


To all Players, Parents and Volunteers

The new season is fast approaching so on the playing side of things we need to start getting ourselves fit and ready to go.  To help with this we have booked indoor nets at the Tollgate Centre, Tollgate Road, Salisbury with these taking place on 26th March, 2nd April and 9th April between 11 o/c and 1 o/c.  This is an excellent indoor facility complete with bowling machine and all players, including Colts, are encouraged to attend.


Once the season has started there will be regular coaching sessions for the Colts on a Wednesday evening for which the coordinators will send round further information shortly.  There will also be regular training and coaching sessions for the senior teams (including older Colts) on a Thursday night with these being more structured than in previous seasons.  Darren Harvey and Chris Mundy will coordinate these sessions with an external specialist coach being brought in to focus on a particular aspect of the game every few weeks.  Again, all players are encouraged to attend.


This season the second team is aiming to be more of a ‘development’ team and to encourage the transition between the Colts and senior cricket.  For too many years talented Colts have left the Club, many as a consequence of not getting the opportunity to move up into the senior teams.  We aim to address this by ensuring at least two Colts are picked for each second team match and we encourage the Colts (and their parents) to make themselves available when asked.  


Last season there were occasions when we struggled to field a team in the seconds or on a Sunday resulting in the Captains having to make numerous frantic last minute phone calls.  We would like to avoid this situation this season so would encourage all existing players to make themselves available as often as they possibly can and to give early warning of their non-availability due to holidays or similar. 


New players of all ages and abilities are always welcomed and we ask that everybody currently involved with the Club help to ‘sell’ it to their school mates, friends, work colleagues and neighbours.  Now is the ideal time to do this so that new recruits can attend the indoor net sessions and get to know the other players before the season starts.  We have the pleasure of playing for a very friendly Club in a wonderful setting which benefits from excellent facilities both on and off the pitch.  Our set up is the envy of many visiting teams so please help us to get this message out there and to pull in new players.


Of course, cricket is not just about the players.  We are always looking for coaches, umpires and scorers for which formal training can be provided if required.  Volunteers are also sought for other aspects such as assisting with teas and helping to maintain the pitch and the pavilion.  Please can you all consider how you may be able to help with this and to encourage anyone you know who may be interested to come forward.


Steeple Langford is a fantastic club to play for and with everybody’s help it can continue to develop and to prosper.  Let’s hope for a long hot summer!


Luke Stephens            1st Team Captain

Chris Miles                  2nd Team Captain

Tom Bennett               Tuesday Captain

Alistair Barrett             Sunday Captain 




Chris Miles

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Blind Doubles Darts

Mar 10, 2017
Saturday 8th April 2017 7.30pm

Pre season fundraising event

£5 per person

Hot dog and chips


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New fundraiser - Predicting Premier League results.

Feb 22, 2017
From Martin Grearson

Hi All,

To raise funds for the club we have set up a competition which is attracting alot of interest. 

The competition is called Last Man Standing.

Its start date is Saturday the 4th of march.

The rules are simple:


  1. Pay your entry fee at week 1 — no need to pay again. 
  2. Each week, simply pick ONE team to win – if your team wins, you go through; lose or draw and you’re out.
  3. You cannot pick that team again.
  4. If your team’s game is postponed you are automatically put through to the next round.
  5. Forget to pick a team, you’ll get the first team alphabetically that you’ve yet to pick.
  6. Player with the longest streak of predicting winning teams wins the pot.
  7. If 2 players remain and both don't pick a winner, the pot is split.
  8. If more than 2 remain everyone goes through to the next round. If all remaining players lose their match in a round together, they all go through to the next round.

Entry is £5, half money goes to club half to jackpot.

Jackpot is expected to be over £100

Competition is run using a professional website which will keep you updated your results and how many people are left standing.

To enter sign up using link below:

Alternatively contact me or Chris Mundy and we can collect money off you and sign you up.

Closing date to enter is 4th march 12.30pm.

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Cricket Nets

Feb 16, 2017


Evening all, 

In preparation for the upcoming season, we have finalised details for nets sessions as per below:

March 26th........ 11.00 - 13.00
April 2nd ....... 11.00 - 13.00
April 9th ....... 11.30 - 13.30

Location - Tolgate Cricket Centre, Tolgate Road, Salisbury, SP1 2JG

We have also obtained the use of a bowling machine this year, so we need numbers and would be great to get people involved, we want to start the season firing and also good to get everybody together before the season starts!!

Would be great to see some good numbers there, young and old, new and existing, please pass on the word to any others that may want to join, your Dad, your Dad's mate, your next door get the jist!!

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2017 Hampshire League fixtures

Jan 18, 2017

Happy 2017 to all!!

Quick note, 2017 fixtures have been released for the Hampshire Cricket Leagues and have now been updated on the website, so have a view and see where we will be travelling to and playing against this year, good luck to all!!

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Tuesday Season Ends with a Win

Aug 15, 2016

The Tuesday Night season is now over and it actually feels like it never really got going. We finished joint 5th winning 3 games, with South Newton and Berwick ending up on 12 points alongside us. The games we won were against 2 Top 3 sides and Berwick. There were 4 rained off games and there were games we didnt really turn up to. In what was a stop start season it seemed, playing 1 game and then 2 in a row getting cancelled, you can slightly forgive the fact that we never really built up any momentum. That said, I for one always enjoy the season, you play against some good players (some far too good for the league), there generally tends to be good cricket when you get a game and we have a good team spirit (by that I mean we all like going to the pub after a game). 

So, we ended the season at Berwick, in one of the hottest days of the year when we arrived it was....windy.

We bowled first and restricted Berwick to 92 all out, De Pass who took 4-9 was the pick of the bowlers with everyone else chipping in.

Captain Troggs sent in Smith P, fresh from a jug avoidance last game and he hit a quick 16, whilst Luke Emm departed for just 1, bringing Ford and Kinnison to the crease. Ford was happy with taking singles initially but punishing the loose balls, Kinnison was in great touch and batted with maturity and technique, when Ford fell for 30 and 12 needed, Kinnison and McNeilly, who seemed to be swotting away that fly again, brought home the victory and the season to an end. Kinnison ending up with a very nice 29*

All in all positives to take from the season and things we can improve on, but look forward to a rain free 2017 season, fingers crossed.

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1st XI Match Report 13th August 2016

Aug 14, 2016

Steeple Langford 1st XI v South Newton

Steeple Langford 1sts continued their good form with a convincing 9 wicket local derby home win against a much weakened South Newton. On winning the toss, Langford skipper Andy Bennett asked the away team to bat first and they struggled against the movement of opening bowlers Gary Smith and Nick Partridge. Wickets fell at regular intervals and South Newton found themselves at 88 for 4 after 29 overs with Smith taking 2 for 27 from his 10 and only opener Rob Crossley offering any resistance with the bat. Crossley was then dismissed for a hard-grafted 34 and there then followed a collapse of huge proportions as the last 6 wickets fell for only 8 runs to leave Newton on 96 all out in the 32nd over. All the bowlers took wickets with Luke Stephens (2 for 8) and Tom Bennett (2 for 20) the pick. Tea was taken between innings and then the Steeple Langford opening batsmen Martin Grearson and Tom Bennett continued to feast, showing they were in no mood to hang around and delay getting in the bar. They punished any bowling that was slightly loose, hitting the ball to all parts of the ground, and had cruised to 90 in the 9th over before Bennett holed out for a fine 37. Grearson managed to get to his half century just before the required total was reached in only the 11th over with the match finishing before 5pm.

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2nd XI Match Report 13th August 2016

Aug 14, 2016


Bramshaw’s ground in the heart of the New Forest is a wonderful place to play cricket and in front of a healthy crowd of family and tourists it played host to a close and exciting game of cricket.  Captain Rob Emm again called correctly and opted to bowl first.

The Bramshaw openers looked dangerous from the off and, with a lightning fast outfield, soon got the score rattling along.  However Chris Miles nipped things in the bud by taking two wickets in one over with Raj Kumar picking up another shortly after.  With this things quietened down as the fourth wicket partnership initially dug in and, with a bit of luck along the way, eventually started to score more freely again.  Chris Miles (2 for 36) was replaced by Darren ‘the blotter’ Harvey who despite a dodgy knee walked in to bowl 10 overs of off-spin (?) taking 2 for 52.  Rich Lidster bowled very economically taking 1 for 22 off 10 overs on his second team debut.  Some big late hitting by the Bramshaw captain, who was eventually out for 60 in the last over, took the Bramshaw total to 209 for 7 at the close.  Praise goes to Joe McNeilly for stepping up and bowling the last over against a batsman who was clearly well set.

After a good tea, Raj Kumar set about the Bramshaw bowling with relish hitting three fours in quick succession but unfortunately it was to be short and sweet as he holed out to mid off.  Adie Hughes and Nick Mundy kept things moving at and above the required run rate but the loss of Hughes (22) and then Lidster (12) meant the Langford innings was the mirror image of the Bramshaw innings at the half way stage leaving the result in the balance.  Unfortunately for Langford the introduction of accurate spin at both ends took the pace off the ball and put the brake on the run scoring.  It also led to the loss of a few quick wickets bringing Chris Miles to the crease at No 8.  Miles and Mundy started to get things moving again before the latter misjudged one and skied a catch having amassed an excellent 64.  Rob Emm joined Miles and the pair put on 47 in 6 overs through a combination of scampered singles and the occasional big hit to the boundary.  This kept Langford in the game but with 16 needed off the last over it was a big ask.  Chris Miles took the death or glory approach to the first ball and was bowled for a fine 28 which left young Jamie Crosier to see out the last over with Rob Emm who ended 20 not out and the score 196 for 9.

A fine game played in a great spirit went pretty much to the wire but once again Langford couldn’t quite do enough.  

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1st XI Match Report 6th August 2016

Aug 8, 2016

Steeple Langford 1st XI v Hook & Newnham Basics 3rd XI

Steeple Langford 1sts moved up to 6th in County 3 North with a hard-earned 76 run win away at H&NB 3rds. Being put into bat first, and without their regular opening batsmen, Langford found themselves in deep trouble at 32 for 5 against an excellent young home team bowling attack who got plenty of movement both in the air and off the pitch. This brought together Chris Mundy and Gary Smith and they started off cautiously to weather the initial storm. Once they were settled they then took the attack to the bowlers, dispatching them to all parts of the ground with some beautiful stroke-play. The pair had taken the score to 138 before Smith mistimed a drive to be caught for an excellent 62, but the tail then started wagging with skipper Andy Bennett out for a quick 12 before Mundy followed soon after for a classy 55. Another couple of cameo innings from Liam Harvey, Pete Smith (15*) and Luke Stephens got Steeple Langford to a decent 187 for 9 on a wicket with some variable bounce. Credit must go to 15 year old Armstrong who took 2 for 2 from his 6 overs and 17 year old Hewetson-Brown 4 for 28 from 10. In reply it was a similar start for the home team who found themselves at 51 for 5 after 20 overs, with all of the batsmen struggling to get the excellent Langford bowling away. Once again Armstrong (17) and Hewetson-Brown (24) performed well  for H&NB, putting on 46 for the 6th wicket, but it was slow going against very tidy bowling and fielding. With the run rate up to nearly 10 an over, Bennett brought himself on and soon dismissed both the main run scorers and the innings then petered out to 111 all out with Bennett taking 3 for 4 from 5 overs. All of the other Langford bowlers had disciplined spells with Partridge being the pick taking 4 for 23 and Gary Smith rounded off a very good day by taking 3 catches, 2 of which were very sharp ones in the slips. 

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2nd XI Match Report 6th August 2016

Aug 8, 2016


Buoyed by last week’s first win, Steeple Langford 2nds welcomed Totton & Eling to The Wirr with the intention of continuing their improved form.  With the pitch looking immaculate and under a hot summer’s sun Langford chose to bat first.

Totton’s opening bowlers soon found an excellent length and line which gave the Langford batsmen few opportunities to score freely.  The top order did however ‘do a job’, particularly Howard Smith (14), as they stuck around, took the shine off the ball and started to tire the bowlers.  It was the fall of the second wicket that brought Tom Dennis to the crease and from then on the scoring rate increased as he made batting look a whole lot easier.  Stuart Emm (20) was an able foil as he nurdled singles to keep the free-hitting Dennis on strike while also playing the occasional big shot of his own.  As the innings started to draw to a close a couple more wickets were lost before Rob Emm (15 n.o.) eventually helped see Langford to 202 for 6 at the close.  Tom Dennis was the star man carrying his bat for a very impressive 104 n.o.

On a good batting track, Langford needed early wickets and these duly came thanks to Chris Miles (2 for 27) and Raj Kumar (2 for 36).  Kumar in particular was unlucky not to take more wickets as the Totton No 3 Bunjoly initially rode his luck and was dropped twice in quick succession.  Unfortunately this turned out to be the turning point of the match as he went on to be 118 n.o. at the end.  The Langford change bowlers all tried valiantly to find the breakthrough but Bunjoly’s big hitting, particularly to cow corner, took the game away from Langford.  Jacques Kinnison took a late consolation wicket but Totton reached their target in the 38th over with 5 wickets in hand. 

So another loss for Langford 2nds but with a few more runs and a bit better fielding, both in the air and on the ground, it could have been a different story.

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2nd XI Match Report 30th July 2016

Aug 1, 2016


The 10 men of Steeple Langford 2nds, still to record a win this season, travelled to top three side Calmore Sports with a sense of both trepidation and hope of turning the table on its head.

The Council maintained pitch looked as if it had had only a cursory half hour preparation so stand in skipper Chris Miles had no doubt in asking the opposition to bat on what clearly looked a bowler friendly wicket.  The decision was quickly vindicated as the ball moved significantly in both directions off the wicket and in the air which, when coupled with the variable bounce, made batting extremely difficult.  Wickets fell regularly and runs were hard to find.  At one stage Calmore were 30 for 8 but the ninth wicket partnership dug in and managed to eke the eventual score up to 91 all out.  Pick of the bowlers was Chris Miles (7 for 19) with Raj Kumar (1 for 28) and Tom Dennis taking 2 for 19 despite not having bowled for a number of years.  Special praise must also go to Nick Mundy for keeping wicket neatly in challenging conditions and ensuring the extras score was kept low.

At tea, Langford were happy in having restricted the opposition to a low score but also mindful that the pitch was not going to make the run chase easy.  So it turned out in that openers Adi Hughes and Raj Kumar were soon out to be replaced by Nick Mundy and Tom Dennis.  The two adopted differing approaches to the situation with Mundy digging in and playing defensively to most balls while Dennis looked to finish things off quickly by being aggressive.  For a while a decent stand looked to be developing until Dennis was bowled for 21.  Youngsters Jaques Kinnison and Joe McNeilley then took centre stage and developed another useful partnership to inch Langford closer to the target.  However, wickets kept falling and the lack of the 11th man could have made the difference had not Kinnison struck the winning runs with 8 wickets down.  Kinnison’s innings of 26 not out was very impressive particularly given the high pressure situation towards the end of the match.

A very close game on a tricky wicket gave Langford 2nds their first win of the season.  With the game so tight towards the end emotions understandably ran high with some late umpiring decisions being questioned by the Calmore players.  However, Langford did not let that take the gloss off what was a long awaited victory.

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1st XI Match Report 30th July 2016

Aug 1, 2016

Steeple Langford 1st XI v South Wilts 3rd XI

Steeple Langford 1sts returned to winning ways with a comfortable 6 wicket home win against South Wilts 3rds. Opting to bat first, South Wilts had a steady start before losing their first wicket with the score on 28. Henry Smith and Rowe then put on 55 before Rowe was trapped in front, bringing Kidd to the crease to try and up the run rate. The third wicket stand put on 97 but they never really dominated the steady Langford bowling and Kidd fell for 51 in the 42nd over. After an attempted late flurry, the innings closed on 203 for 5 with Smith carrying his bat throughout the innings for a creditable unbeaten 78. Steeple Langford were disappointed with a bit of a lacklustre bowling and fielding display but were still happy with the score they were set to chase – Nick Partridge was the pick of the attack taking 3 for 34 from his 10 overs. In reply, the home side had a confident start with Martin Grearson and Tom Bennett (33) putting on a comfortable 65 for the opening stand. Grearson then had stands of 39 with Adam McNeilly and 44 with Chris Mundy before being bowled for a fine 72. Langford maintained the required run rate with little difficulty and a stand of 38 between Mundy (38) and Partridge pretty much sealed the win. However, a confident Partridge ended the game with a flourish hitting 3 sixes in 5 balls to finish on 32 not out and seeing Steeple Langford home with just over 4 overs to spare.

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2nd XI Match Report 16th July 2016

Jul 18, 2016


Another week, another defeat for Langford seconds and yet again a feeling of so near and yet so far.

The Alderholt pitch was hard and dusty and the home skipper was delighted to win the toss and bat first.  Langford’s opening bowlers kept things tight with Raj Kumar bowling straight through his 10 overs (2 for 27).  The first of a number of contentious decisions by the home umpire denied him a caught behind but the umpire seemed to make amends a few overs later giving Chris Miles (2 for 31) a leg before decision which, judging by the batsman’s histrionics, he thought may have been straying down leg side.  As always it seems, Langford were well in the game at half way with Alderholt only on 65 for 4.  Darren Harvey (3 for 43) kept the pressure on after drinks and the bowling was generally good throughout with Nathan Hill and Jamie Crosier also chipping in with a wicket each.  Langford had six overs at the last two batsman but couldn’t quite manage to finish things off with Alderholt eventually finishing on 165 for 9.  At tea there was a sense of what might have been as a number of shots had been in the air but, such is Langford’s luck this season, most cleared the fielders by inches or fell agonisingly short.

The last couple of weeks had seen Langford’s batting improve so there was some confidence at the start of the innings that the modest total could be knocked off.  However, losing Raj Kumar in the first over somewhat dented this confidence.  Adi Hughes and Darren Harvey dug in and re-established Langford’s position in the game before Harvey went when the score was on 34.  Chris Miles looked to be seeing the ball well playing a couple of expansive shots but fell victim to a deteriorating pitch when a ball reared off a length, caught his thumb, and looped nicely to slip off the wicket keeper’s shoulder.  The next ball also reared off a length when Luke Emm was caught at gully off the shoulder of the bat.  Not helped by five ducks, Langford were eventually 86 all out with only Adi Hughes (41), extras (13) and Chris Miles (10) making double figures.

Another match where Langford were in the game for long periods but couldn’t quite find that key wicket at the right time, or to develop a decent batting partnership to put the pressure back on the bowling team.  Maybe next week.

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1st XI Match Report 16th July 2016

Jul 18, 2016

Steeple Langford 1st XI v Overton 1st XI

Steeple Langford 1sts continued their good form with a comfortable 33 run home win over Overton. On a hot afternoon and with the Langford ground in it’s usual cracking condition, skipper Andy Bennett had no hesitation in taking first knock on winning the toss. The openers were once again quickly out of the blocks before the first wicket fell on 24 and then on 56, Simon Ford (30) was given out to a controversial catch on/over the boundary with the behaviour of the away team fielders leaving a lot to be desired. However, this spurred Langford on and Adam (Fovant Fly) McNeilly (43) looked in great form before being dismissed by an excellent one handed catch in the covers. Chris Mundy (42) and Nick Partridge (29) then put on 56 and decent stands then followed throughout the innings with Tom Dennis (28), Gary Smith (33) and Rich Lidster (18) all making useful contributions. The innings finally closed on a respectable 258 for 9, although this was probably 30 or 40 runs short of what they looked like getting at one point. However, with the track still a belter and the outfield lightning fast, Langford knew this game was far from won and would have to bowl and field tightly. Opening bowlers Mundy and Partridge obliged leaving the visitors on 20 for 2 after 10, Partridge in particular bowling a great line with pace and taking 2 for 8 from his first 5 over spell. Overton knew they needed to put bat to ball and Watts (37) and Johnson (67) did so to give them a sniff of a chance, although both gave numerous chances that weren’t taken – particularly off a disgruntled Tom Bennett who had 5 catches put down off his bowling in 2 overs. Once these 2 batsmen were eventually dismissed, only Sims (37) looked comfortable against Adam Dhanji (2 for 52), Andy Bennett (2 for 31 from 9) and the returning Partridge who ended with an excellent 4 for 33 from his 10 – the innings ending on 225 all out to give Steeple Langford maximum points.

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1st XI Match Report 9th July 2016

Jul 11, 2016

Liphook & Ripsley 2nd XI v Steeple Langford 1st XI

For the second week in a row, Steeple Langford 1sts had a long away trip but this time it was much more productive by securing what turned out to be a comfortable 5 wicket win. On winning the toss the Liphook skipper had no hesitation in batting first on a hard flat track and quick outfield and this proved justified as their opening pair got straight into hitting some wayward Langford bowling to all parts of the ground. In particular, the classy Rouse, who normally plays for Liphook 1sts, timed the ball beautifully and reached his 50 in no time. Langford skipper Andy Bennett made bowling changes and this soon paid off with the first wicket falling on 96 in only the 15th over and the second in the following over. However, Rouse was still there and seeing it like a football and brought his ton up in the 21st over out of the total score of 135. Langford took a third wicket and then with the score on 168 Liam Harvey picked up the vital wicket of Rouse who mistimed a drive to get caught at mid on. With Andy Bennett now bowling tightly at the other end the run rate slowed right down with Fiddler (22) and Elliott (30) grafting out a stand of 40. With Harvey off after taking a useful 2 for 35, Nick Partridge returned, taking 2 for 12 from his last 6 overs and the innings petered out to end on 238 for 9 from the allotted 45 overs. Andy Bennett finished with a creditable 2 for 33 from his 10 and Steeple Langford felt confident after pegging the score back from what looked like it was going to be 300+. Credit also to Pete Smith for an outstanding display behind the stumps taking 3 catches standing up. In reply, opening batsmen Martin Grearson and Tom Bennett (26) were straight out of the blocks, punishing anything loose and matching the home side’s run rate before Bennett was stumped in the 13th over with the score on 85. Grearson and Adam McNeilly (29) then put on 67 before McNeilly thought he’d suddenly gained 10 yards of pace, setting off for a suicidal single and running a frustrated Grearson out for an aggressive and impressive 92 in the 26th over. McNeilly then departed in the next over but any hopes the home side had were soon dismissed as the classy Chris Mundy and hard-hitting Nick Partridge continued the onslaught , putting on 67 in 10 overs before Partridge was caught in the deep for an excellent 40 in the 37th over with the score on 220. Steeple Langford lost 1 more quick wicket before Pete Smith and Mundy (32*) saw the away side home with 6 overs to spare.  This win pushed Langford up to 9th in the league and looking forward to not travelling Sussex way again this coming Saturday.

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2nd XI Match Report 9th July 2016

Jul 11, 2016


Another home game for Langford 2nds saw mid table Hythe & Dibden III as the visitors.  The away captain won the toss and wasted no time in electing to bat on what looked like another belter of a Langford wicket.

The Hythe openers soon got going and looked in little trouble as they found the gaps in the field with alarming ease.  However a wicket at the end of the 12th over and another at the start of the 13th calmed the Langford nerves and with the score at 86 for 2 at the half way drinks the innings could still have gone either way.  As it was a 120 run stand for the 3rd wicket and an accelerating scoring rate started to take things away from the Langford bowlers.  A flurry of late wickets, including that of the Hythe opener for a very composed and almost chanceless 122, resulted in a score of 243 for 7 at the end of the innings.  Chris Miles (2 for 27) and Dave Haugh (2 for 35) bowled tidily at the end of the innings with the other three wickets shared between Raj Kumar, Nathan Hill and Tony Gipson. Following a team photograph for the Salisbury Journal, Langford set about the run chase with relish.  Raj Kumar and Adi Hughes looked just as accomplished as the Hythe openers had and scored quickly to keep ahead of the required run rate.  Kumar was first out for 20 followed quickly by Steve Emm and subsequently by Hughes for 32.  At drinks Langford were 102 for 3 so slightly ahead on the runs with the game building nicely towards an exciting end.  The runs kept coming quickly but unfortunately the wickets also kept falling.  Nathan Hill batted well for 51 and a number of other batsman got good starts (Harry Mould 19, Darren Harvey 14, Luke Emm 14, Chris Miles 15) but couldn’t quite push on when needing to do so.  The innings finally ended in the 39th over with Langford all out for 198.

So Langford 2nds remain winless but recent results show that the performances are getting better and there is growing confidence within the team that the first win is not far away.

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2nd XI Match Report 2nd July 2016

Jul 4, 2016


Langford welcomed Dorset Indians to The Wirr and invited them to bat first on what at the start of the game was an overcast but dry afternoon.  An early wicket in the 2nd over raised the home side’s spirits but the Indians’ other opener and the No 3 batsman then established themselves before the latter in particular started to play some very big shots.   It looked as if he was in a hurry with somewhere else to be which did in fact turn out to be the case.  While the Langford team were looking for the ball in the long grass of the adjacent field, he was on his mobile trying to change his shift at Dominoes.  Unable to do this, as soon as he was out for a quick and impressive 85, he packed his bags and was gone.  Darren Harvey brought a semblance of normality back to proceedings by bowling his 10 overs well taking 4 for 32 but couldn’t stop the Indians amassing a total of 234 before being all out in the penultimate over of their innings.  Chris Miles took 2 wickets as did Raj Kumar with the other two being run outs.  One of these was slightly unfortunate for the batsman as he seemed to mistake a very faded line on the adjacent strip with the actual batting crease and ended up short of his ground.     

With a big score to chase down and on what was now a bright sunny day, the Langford openers started positively and kept the scoreboard moving thanks to a combination of quick singles and boundaries.  Raj Kumar in particular looked in good form with some sweet drives and cuts but just after bringing up his half century he succumbed for 54.  Steve Emm (10) and Howard Smith (16) kept Kumar company at the start of the innings with young Harry Mould then looking very accomplished in the No 4 slot making 29 before being stumped.  Darren Harvey (16) also looked settled but just as he began to hit out he fell into the leg side trap and was caught on the boundary.  The remainder of the batting then fell away slightly leaving Chris Miles and Tony Gibson with his ‘if you see it; hit it’ style to ensure another batting point before the latter was the last out in the 38th over with the total on 176.

A good game of cricket played in good spirit but again, as with much of the season so far, Langford came up slightly short.  Maybe it was the sight of the Langford umpire Stu Emm doing press-ups at square leg that put the team off.

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1st XI Match Report 2nd July 2016

Jul 4, 2016

Liss 1st XI v Steeple Langford 1st XI

Steeple Langford 1st XI  made the long trip to Liss but it was in vain with heavy showers putting paid to any hope of completing a full game. They got started on time with skipper Andy Bennett once again winning the toss and putting the home side in to bat on a softish green wicket. The Langford  openers bowled well with Liam Harvey in particular regularly putting the ball in the right areas, picking up a much deserved early wicket. 17 overs were bowled before the first heavy shower forced the players off for 45 minutes, although they were able to get the covers on in time to protect the wicket. When play resumed, Langford continued to bowl with accuracy and Tom Bennett took 2 wickets in his 4 overs. However, the rain came in again putting paid to the days play and leaving Liss on 74 for 3 from the 25 overs bowled. Steeple Langford are on their travels again this Saturday, visiting Liss’ neighbours Liphook & Ripsley and hope to make the long journey worthwhile this time.

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1st XI Match Report 25th June 2016

Jun 28, 2016

Steeple Langford 1st XI v Hartley Wintney 2nd XI

Steeple Langford 1st XI  managed to defeat both the weather and Hartley Wintney 2nds to pick up a much needed 8 wicket home win. Although the Langford pitch was once again in excellent condition, with the unsettled weather, skipper Andy Bennett had no hesitation in asking Hartley Wintney to bat first on winning the toss. The home side picked up an early wicket courtesy of a run out but then Hartley Wintney grafted out a 2nd wicket stand of 43 against some accurate Langford bowling before opener Philpott (20) was dismissed thanks to a brilliant catch behind the stumps by Pete Smith to leave them on 51 for 2. Luke Stephens and Tom Bennett then put the pressure on the batsmen with tight spells of bowling, Bennett unfortunate not to pick up a wicket with his 10 overs going for only 25. Stephens bowled a brilliant and disciplined 10 overs of swing taking 4 for 10 and having the batsmen completely tied up. Andy Bennett then brought himself on and quickly mopped up the tail, taking 4 for 9 from his 6 overs to leave the away team all out for 100 in the 39th over. The only other batsmen to get into double figures were Bowles (30) and an excellent hard earned 21 from 13 year old Brown. In reply, Langford had one eye on the weather and Martin Grearson (29) and Tom Bennett put on 30 in 6 overs for the first wicket. They then lost the second wicket after 10 overs with 56 on the board before Adam McNeilly, with an aggressive unbeaten 45, and Chris Mundy knocked off the required runs at the start of the 18th over – the heavens opening as the players walked off.

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2nd XI Match Report 11th June 2016

Jun 13, 2016

Steeple Langford 2nd XI v Bashley Rydal 4th XI

Very light drizzle was in the air when Langford 2nds entertained Bashley but both captains were keen to make a start and so Langford were invited to bat.  Things started promisingly with Simon Ford and Raj Kumar taking the score to 60 in the first 10 overs.  This was aided by a short boundary towards the lake which even a 7 / 2 field couldn’t defend.  Unfortunately, after such a bright start, Kumar (16), Ford (38) and Wheatley (1) all departed in quick succession leaving Rob Emm and Chris Miles to stabilise the middle order.  This they duly did getting to the half way drinks at 92 and, with wickets in hand, the prospect of a 200 plus score looked good.  The Bashley captain needed a break through and introduced a wily old campaigner who was very accurate and could move the ball both ways.  This turned the innings completely as Miles (21) was bowled, Luke Emm (12) caught followed by 3 ducks.  All the while Rob Emm was trying to hold things together but he was the last wicket to fall for exactly 50 and was the 6th wicket for Bashley’s Rob Paul.  Langford were eventually all out for 174 in the 37th over.

The damp outfield due to a 20 minute break for rain during the first innings meant that the ball had lost all of its shine and was starting to swell at the seams by the time Langford got to bowl.  This took away Chris Miles and Raj Kumar’s main weapon and so the opening pair were not nearly as threatening as they normally are.  Chances were few and far between and the Bahley openers were able to reduce the arrears without too much difficulty.  Darren Harvey and Matt Dhanji were called on to see what they could do but again the runs kept on coming although Harvey did manage to bowl one of the openers.  This only brought Bashley’s Anstee to the crease who batted particularly freely ending on (87 n.o.).  Langford tried what they could by ringing the changes with the bowling but it was all to no avail as the 175 target was reached in only the 29th over with no further loss of wickets.

A match that promised much for Langford half way through the first innings fizzled out into a bit of a thrashing.  The batting looked a little better but the bowling and fielding came up well short.

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1st XI Match Report 11th June 2016

Jun 13, 2016

Compton & Chandlers Ford 2nd XI v Steeple Langford 1st XI

A confident Steeple Langford 1st XI  travelled to Compton & C Ford on the back of last week’s league win and with an unchanged side. This proved justified after skipper Andy Bennett asked the home team to bat with Langford’s bowlers getting plenty of bounce from the wicket, some of it variable. None of the batsmen looked comfortable despite spending time at the crease and Haigh (31) and Lawrence (42*) dug in to make valuable contributions to the final score of 148 for 8. All of Langford’s bowlers were excellent, the pick being Luke Stephens (3 for 36), Nick Partridge (2 for 22) and Tom Bennett (2 for 32). In reply, Steeple Langford lost a customary early wicket but Martin Grearson and Adam McNeilly (13) steadied things with a stand of 36 before Grearson was trapped in front by a shooter for a dominating 37 out of the score of 45. The middle order then collapsed, losing 4 wickets for only 9 runs due to what can only be described as rash and very poor shot selection. Gary Smith (18) and Andy Bennett (16) then looked comfortable putting on 37 for the 7th wicket before both fell in quick succession, hitting poor balls straight to fielders for simple catches. The rest of the innings then folded and the last 4 wickets fell for 8 runs to leave Steeple Langford on a pitiful 118 all out against a very mediocre bowling attack. Murray took 3 for 24 and Gray 3 for 14 for the home side. It’s probably a good thing that Langford now have a Saturday off which will hopefully be spent having batting practice!!!!!!

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Tuesday night update - June 8th

Jun 8, 2016

3 weeks have passed and a mixed bag of results and weather have been produced; a loss, a rained off game and then a good win last night against New Inn. 

The Tuesday team who still have not played a home game this season, travelled to Chalke Valley on 24th May, there really isnt too much to say about that game, Langford limped to 109 all out, only Ford (22) and Smith. G (16) posting double figure scores in a poor batting performance.

They bowled a lot better but Hitchings cowed a quick and brutal 50 which condemned Langford to an 8 wicket loss. Nathan Hill returned and bowled tidily and also had football stickers to swap.

1 week later rain ensured we collected a point against Fovant who we usually struggle to get anything out of so maybe it was a blessing?!

7th June saw Langford take the trip to South Wilts to play against New Inn. New Inn won the toss and inserted Langford, who after a very slow start 36-1 off 10 overs, looked like getting nowhere near to posting 100, let alone the 145 they ended up getting. After a scratchy start, Ford (50*), Tom Bennett (22*) and with the help of 34 extras, thanks George Plank, took to playing shots all around the ground, Ford initially looked like he wouldnt have been able to hit a beach ball, but eventually found his eye and brought up his 2nd 50 of the season, driving opposite skipper Skinner into the church grounds. Tom Bennett came in towards the end and hit a quick 22* to ensure Langford scored 110 off 10 overs and to a very respectable total.

Buoyed by the total Langford took to the field chirpy and up for the fight. Gary Smith had an early opening but Dan Bennett dropped an absolute dolly at backward point, claiming he can only catch them if they are fired straight at him, not floating down from 15ft at 2mph!!

This didnt deter Smith, he soon accounted for the big hitting Breeze, then the two mooers, Powell and Higton, to end up with 3-16 from his 4. Langford continued to take wickets and stop the scoring rate, De Pass, Harvey and Bennett T all taking wickets, but the dangerous Gurung was still in with Bamford. With 50 needed from 4 overs anything was still possible but Langford continued to bowl quite tightly even though Manny was giving it a good go. Harvey accounted for Bamford and took 2-23 in the end this left 1 over and with 30 required Ford was handed the ball. He went for 19 after serving up 2 full tosses, some full length pies and 1 good ball, but Langford had enough in the bank to see them through to a good victory.

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2nd XI Match Report 4th June 2016

Jun 8, 2016

Ringwood v Steeple Langford 2nd XI

Langford seconds welcomed back three players who had been covering absences in the first team for the last few weeks so went into the match against Ringwood with confidence of being able to secure their first win of the season.  Unfortunately this was not to be.

Winning the toss and electing to field first Langford kept things tight for the first 20 overs with Chris Miles (2 for 19) and Raj Kumar (0 for 30) restricting the score to 52 for 2 at the half way mark.  This was mainly thanks to a steepling catch in the deep by Rob Wheatley to remove Ringwood’s dangerous looking No 3 before he could do too much damage.  The rewards for the bowlers should however have been greater as yet again catches went down.  After drinks there was a comical run out whereby a good looking cover drive held up in the three inch long outfield grass allowing Chris Miles to pounce and return to the keeper with the batsman well short of a second run.  Darren Harvey took 2 for 32 off 7 overs but generally the batsmen got on top and ended on 169 for 5.  Again Langford’s bowling lacked a true cutting edge but at only 4 an over it was still a score that should have been chased down.

After tea Adie Hughes and Raj Kumar opened the batting and looked fairly well set until Kumar was the first wicket down in the 8th over.  Hughes continued to grind and pushed the score on with Rob Wheatley but when these two were removed in short succession there seemed an air of inevitability that the rest of the team would enjoy the long walk to the crease shortly followed by the even longer walk back again.  Langford’s innings finished on only 62 all out with only one player reaching double figures.  Praise must go to the Ringwood bowlers who knowing their home pitch took the pace off the ball early in the innings, bowled the ball in the right place with a bit of movement and left the rest to the Langford batsmen.  As usual a high proportion of the wickets were self-inflicted.

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1st XI Match Report 4th June 2016

Jun 8, 2016

Steeple Langford 1st XI v Littleton & West Hill 1st XI

A strengthened Steeple Langford 1st XI recorded their first  league win with a 3 wicket home victory  against Littleton & West Hill 1st XI. On winning the toss, the away team had no hesitation in batting first on another excellent Langford track. The openers made a cautious start against some accurate bowling, putting on 40 before the introduction of Chris Mundy and Luke Stephens took 2  quick wickets. Opener O’Brien (50) and Frizwell, with a hard hit 26, then put on 40 before Frizwell tried one big shot too many. Wickets then fell at regular intervals although Anscombe (30) and Cook (47) batted well to take Littleton to 210 for 9 from their 45 overs. Langford bowled well throughout with Nick Partridge (2 for 42), Mundy (3 for 35) and skipper Andy Bennett (2 for 24) being the pick. In reply, Steeple Langford had a disastrous start losing 2 wickets in the first over to an excellent opening spell from Dibben (2 for 15 from 10). Opener Martin Grearson and Chris Mundy then looked to rebuild and after consolidating, soon started playing their shots, punishing any loose bowling. The partnership had progressed to an excellent 145 when Mundy was caught for a well crafted 52. Grearson was bowled soon after for a classy 89 and then the home side stuttered, losing 3 more wickets before the Smith brothers guided them home, Gary hitting the winning runs off the first ball of the last over to end on a fine unbeaten 43.  Cook ended with 4 for 39 from a very good 10 over spell.

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1st XI Match Report 28th May 2016

May 31, 2016

Hursley Park 2nd XI v Steeple Langford 1st XI

Steeple Langford’s poor form with the bat continued resulting in a 21 run defeat away at Hursley Park. Electing to bowl first, a much-weakened Langford side took an early wicket with the returning Nick Partridge bowling with pace and swing. However, they rued dropping opener Bacon 3 times in the gully, all off the frustrated Luke Stephens, and he went on to make 50. At 95 for 2, Hursley looked set for a decent score but the introduction of Tom Bennett and skipper Andy Bennett  took the pace off the ball and they skittled through the home side’s batting to dismiss them for 146, with only Best (26) making any valuable contribution. Tom finished with an excellent 4 for 24 from 9.3 overs and Andy 3 for 10 from 5. In reply, the Bennett’s opened the batting for Langford and looked comfortable putting on 38 in 10 overs before Andy was trapped before for 10. Tom was then joined by Adam McNeilly and they put on 30 before he was caught in the deep in the 19th over for a fine 46. McNeilly went soon after for 12 and the away side then lost another 4 wickets for only 9 runs. Partridge and Pete Smith then steadied the ship and again looked in no trouble putting on 27 before Partridge went for an iffy second run and was run out for 25. The remaining wickets fell cheaply as Smith was left stranded on 18 not out and the innings capitulated to a very disappointing 125 all out, Green being the pick of the Hursley bowlers taking 4 for 26 from his 10 overs.

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Junior news

May 31, 2016
U15's away to Marlbrough Mon 30th May.

Manager Howard Smith reported - The Under 15 team travelled to Marlborough following their encouraging start to the season and on winning the toss has no hesitation in asking the hosts to bat under grey skies and in fresh conditions.  James Nuttall made the breakthrough in the first over and with Marlborough looking to attack over ambitiously they were soon in trouble at 31 for 4 off ten overs. James Nuttall ended up with 3-13 off 5 assisted by George Fry 1-17 off 5.

Debutant George Edwards continued the good work taking 3 for 25 off 5 helped by an athletic catch from Sean Bailey and despite resistance from Charlie Bontoft 27 not out   Marlborough closed on 123 including 36 extras. 

Sean Bailey and George Edwards opened for Langford but a communication mix up off a no ball resulted in Bailey being run out with the score on 7 which soon became 15 for 2 as Kinnison chipped one back to the bowler. George Edwards and Finigan Young then enjoyed a partnership of 95  with Edwards scoring an impressive 57 with an array of well timed shots ably supported by Young who grew in confidence and was undefeated on 38 as the total was reached with Nuttall 6 not out in just over 22 overs.


An impressive team performance before next weeks match at Home to Warnborough.


Man of the Match George Edwards  

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Sunday team update - Adult team

May 25, 2016
Won one and lost one!

On Sunday 15th May the adult team entertained a very young and talented Westbury XI. The team being put together by Gordon Gill our IOG pitch advisor(He likes to check if Pete Dennis has taken his advice regarding pitch preparation).

We again won the toss and decided to bat first. In fairness to Westbury all 11 players bowled and on most Sundays 173 for 7 off 30 overs(Thanks to the LLoyd family act Alec 44, Ian 36 and Tom Stobbs 26) might have given us a chance. The mutterings at tea were that we needed at least another 100 to make a game of it.

That is how it turned out 24 overs later Westbury passed our total for the loss of only one wicket that other 100 runs would have come in very handy.


Sunday 22nd May saw Sunderland Supporters arrive all proudly wearing their red and white shirts celebrating another year in the premiership. The captains hatched a plan around a 20 over game presumably because of the weather and as with all previous games this season won the toss again and batted. The pitch was wet to start off and not easy with the Lloyd duo again scoring the runs(Alec 50* and Ian 47*) SLCC posted 128 for 3.

The supporters were never really in it until with 5 overs to go their captain looked to be winning it for them. It took a good catch on the boundry by Will Lewis to send him packing. One wicket each for Luke Stephens and Joe McNeilly and Alec LLoyd took 2 in the last wicket scramble. Final score 109 for 5.    


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Tuesday night update

May 19, 2016

Tuesday nights are into full swing. 3 games scheduled, 1 rained off, 1 loss and 1 win thus far. Most recently a win against Shrewton. Tom Bennett took his charges to Shrewton and was asked to bowl first, which worked out in Langford's favour as they restricted Shrewton to 119-9 off 20 overs, using what can only be described as a Sports Direct supplied coloured ball. The captain himself taking 3 wickets, ably backed up by Alec Lloyd 2-14 and Smith, De Pas and Stephens all taking a wicket a piece.

A great all round bowling and fielding performance, special mention to Paul (Mike Ashley) Long and Ian Easley for helping out, Long in particular showing arrogance with one handed pick ups and Easley using his boot to stop all things that came his way.

Openers Bennett and Lloyd then got Langford off to a good start chasing down a very gettable target. Lloyd however was first to go and then quickly joined by Easley, Bennett however continued to play his shots and was rewarded with a first 50 of the season and took Langford to the brink with 4 overs to go, brother Bennett chipped in with a useful 16 and Gary Smith finished the innings off meaning Langford took home the 2 points and a fantastic win.

In the previous game against South Newton, Langford scored a healthy 146-4 off their 20 overs, Ford and Smith both scoring 50's, however South Newton batsman played thier shots and along with some under par bowling at times, South Newton reached the target with an over to spare. Disappointment for Langford but they bounced back against Shrewton so the season is now underway. Chalke Valley away next week.


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1st XI Match Report 14th May 2016

May 16, 2016

Redlynch & Hale 1st XI v Steeple Langford 1st XI

Steeple Langford’s poor league form continued after a much weakened side suffered a convincing defeat at Redlynch & Hale. Asked to bowl first, the away side were once again unfortunate not to take early wickets, partly down to poor fielding it must be said. None of the Redlynch batsmen really dominated the bowling with only Williams (24) and skipper Tanner who grafted out an unbeaten 100 in his 45 overs at the crease(being dropped twice and bowled off a no ball) really making decent scores.  The home side innings finished on 246 for 7 with Luke Stephens bowling well to end up with 2 for 37 from his 10 overs. In reply, Langford never looked like getting close to the required total with another abject batting display and only Gary Smith (25) and Nick Mundy (18) playing his first game in a year posed any kind of threat. The away side innings petered out to 95 all out with the wickets being shared amongst the Redlynch bowlers. 

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2nd XI Match Report 14th May 2016

May 16, 2016

Steeple Langford 2nd XI  v  Redlynch & Hale 2nd XI 

With the first team being short of players a couple of the regular second teamers were not available meaning there was a youthful feel to the team this week (apart from Stuart Emm of course who was yet again dragged kicking and screaming out of retirement).  Special thanks must also go to Paul Long who was drafted in at the last minute.

Langford batted first with Adie Hughes looking to take his anger out on the Redlynch bowlers as his beloved Derby County were losing in the Championship play-off semi-final.  He timed his eventual dismissal perfectly on 48 to avoid the jug.  Raj Kumar (20) initially kept Hughes company before young Joe McNeilly, promoted up the order in the absence of more experienced players, batted well for a solid 28.  The innings then slowly subsided with the only other scores in double figures being Matt Dhanji (12), Paul Long (14 n.o.) and Tony Gibson (10), leaving Langford 172 all out.    

Raj Kumar and young Matt Dhanji opened the bowling with Kumar in particular moving the ball prodigiously.  His 2 for 20 off 10 straight overs was scant reward for an excellent spell.  Dhanji also bowled well and over the course of two spells finished with figures of 4 for 43.  At one stage Redlynch were 32 for 4 and looking in trouble but a 78 run sixth wicket stand and an excellent 72 from young Souter turned things around for the visitors.  Darren Harvey (3 for 34) applied some good pressure such that the ninth wicket went down in the 34th over with 14 runs still needed to win leaving the match on a knife edge.  Unfortunately for Langford, the last wicket just wouldn’t come and in a very tense finish the Redlynch captain nursed his team to the win.      

An excellent tight game of cricket throughout although another loss for the Langford 2nds.  The standout moment of the day has to be a stunning diving catch by Adie Hughes at backward point; he must have still had something sticky on his hands after making the tea.

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Adult Sunday team news and update.

May 11, 2016
Sunday team up and running just.........

Sunday 1st May - The Sunday team started the season with the now traditional fixture against Alistair Barretts Wot Noers. The weather was dry and sunny unlike the day before when both games were rained off.

Under the enthusiastic guidance of triple captains we soon had multiple batting orders but SLCC still posted a good looking early season score of 169 for 5 from 30 overs. A big welcome back to Bart after recent illness he probably felt rather sick again after falling caught on the boundry for 99!!!!!

The Langford bowlers were completely nobbled by the usual huge sponsors tea and an ex colt Chris Hillier who smashed 98 in their total of 173 for 1 in 27 overs and came in a distant 2nd on the day.


Sunday 8th May and the team took the field against storming Normans Broomhill Ducks. Langford batted first again in a 30 over game and posted 180 for 5. Vice captain Alec Lloyd scored an elegant 84* backed up by 29 each from Adi Hughes(quite elegant) and Andy Foyle(least elegant).

The bowlers were subjected to another tea which can only be described as a delicious cold BBQ prepared by Mrs Storming Norman(Gill). I believe having to use a knife and fork slowed down the intake levels and the nobbling affect. Broomhill Ducks came out fighting with a big opening stand J Pratt reached 50 and then departed. Runs kept coming which put the match in the balance and the ducks needed 13 off the last over to win. Up stepped Bart after his batting failure(only 19) and promptly cleaned bowled 3 batters in the over leaving the Ducks 173 for 6 off their 30 overs and SLCC retired to the bar to celebrate a 7 run win.   


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May 10, 2016

Just a reminder that it is the second fundraising evening this Saturday night, 14th May 8pm at the club, in the form of a Race Night. Everyone is welcome so please make every effort to attend and let's make it as successful and fun as the recent darts night.

Hope to see you there.

Andy B


2nd XI Match Report 7th May 2016

May 9, 2016


A bad start to the season for the Langford 2nds before even a ball had been bowled.  Half the team managed to arrive at the wrong ground with most of the remainder getting stuck in bad traffic as a consequence of a local food fair.  The game eventually started about 20 minutes late with Langford being invited to bat.  Things quickly went from bad to worse as two wickets were lost in the first over with the third going down with the score on 26.  All three wickets were due to the batsmen somehow managing to play all around a routine straight one.  The two Rob’s (new signing Wheatley and old stalwart Emm) managed to regain an element of control and started to push the score on before both succumbed just when they were starting to look really dangerous; Wheatley for 30 and Emm for 26.  A few big shots from Darren Harvey (14) and Joe McNeilley (14) enabled Langford to record a score of 116 all out which on a good early season wicket was always going to be difficult to defend.

After tea Raj Kumar (1 for 27) and Chris Miles (2 for 23) attacked hard and managed to get good movement in both directions as they both bowled through their 10 over spells.  At 23 for 3 after 12 overs Langford were in with a sniff but the Christchurch middle order took their time settling in and then slowly took control.  That said, if a couple of catches had been held and a couple of inside edges had hit the stumps rather than running off down to fine leg, things could well have been different.  A late wicket for young Jamie Crosier on his debut for the 2nds wasn’t enough to turn the tide with the target eventually being reached in the 30th over with the loss of only the 4 wickets. 

Langford 2nds first game in the higher league highlighted that things aren’t going to be easy and that all chances need to be taken both with the bat and the ball.  It also highlighted a need to read the handbook properly to avoid turning up at the wrong ground.  Home game next week so hopefully no one will get lost.

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1st XI Match Report 7th May 2016

May 9, 2016

Steeple Langford 1st XI v OTs & Romsey 3rd XI

Steeple Langford 1st XI started their league campaign with a lacklustre batting display which saw them suffer a home 4 wicket defeat. Deciding to bat first on a hard flat track, Langford lost an early wicket before Tom Bennett (25) and Simon Ford (22) took the score to 41. Wickets then fell at regular intervals with a number of batsmen getting themselves in before being dismissed through poor shots. Chris Mundy scored 20 and Gary Smith 28 before the last pair of Pete Smith (8*) and number 11 Liam Harvey (20*) added 30 valuable runs to see the home side end on a well below par 165 for 9 with the wickets being shared between the away team’s bowlers. In reply, OTs and Romsey openers put on 50 but rode their luck at times with the Langford bowlers beating the bat on numerous occasions. Tom Bennett then came on and took 3 wickets to leave the away side on 86 for 4 but a fifth wicket stand of 57 pretty much sealed the victory for them and they knocked off the runs for the loss of 6 wickets with 12 overs to spare. Slade with 31 and Bampton 35 doing the most damage.

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Junior cricket

May 9, 2016
U15's away to Warminster Sunday 8th May.

Manager Howard Smith wrote - We had a good match yesterday against a predominantly U15 team when we only took 3 players from our U15 squad.  We batted first and scored 126 all out from 37 overs having been 24 /4 from 10 overs . A partnership of 60 followed between Hector Smith 19 and James Nuttall 31 in 14 overs followed by a good 19 from Oliver Carr and a last wicket partnership of 17 between Nithin Vinod and Alex Cole which secured our third batting point. 

Warminster started strongly with an opening partnership of 31 in 6 overs before James Pringle got the break through followed by Chimnay Padiyar taking two wickets and new boy Dev Komath taking 2-9 off 4 overs . Warminster got to the target off 27 overs .


All in all a good performance from our young squad.

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Tuesday evening league update

May 5, 2016
SLCC away to South Newton

Tuesday evening spokesman Si Ford wrote on facebook - Good game last night chaps unfortunately we came 2nd. 

Langford scored 147 with both Gary Smith and Si Ford scoring 50s and a useful knock from Luke Emm towards the end of the innings which on the surface looked a good score. 

However some meaty blows from South Newtons openers quickly got them up with the run rate and they were 50 off of 7 overs. Wickets were taken at what Langford thought were good times to take, but South Newton continued to play their shots and managed to get over the line in the 19th over thanks to a full toss from Ford (shock) 

Not a bad first game, some positives to take from it...move on to Boscombe at home next week. 

Thanks to Ollie Blake and Tyler Easley for helping out!!

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1st XI Match Report 23rd April 2016

May 3, 2016

Friendly v South Wilts 3rds

Steeple Langford 1st XI kicked off their 2016 season with a 6 wicket defeat at home to South Wilts 3rds. Put into bat on a surprisingly firm track, the home side lost 2 early wickets before skipper Andy Bennett (17) and Tom Dennis (21) steady the ship with a stand of 48. After losing both in quick succession, Luke Emm (21) and Gary Smith (18) then put on 41 before the innings capitulated to 116 all out. In reply, Steeple Langford needed to take early wickets to stand any chance of winning but this failed to materialise with the cautious South Wilts openers Rowe (48) and Smith putting on 81 for the first wicket. Langford then took 4 quick wickets but it was too little too late as Smith finished unbeaten on 39 to see the away side home to a comfortable win. Bennett used 8 bowlers to get some valuable overs under their belt prior to the league starting, the pick being Tom Bennett 1 for 7, Tom Dhanji 2 for 10 and Matt Dhanji 1 for 28.

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Colts news and update

May 2, 2016
U13's away to Purton

Following their promotion to U13 Div1 this season the U13's got off to an amasing start at Purton on Sunday winning by a huge margin of 91 runs.

They batted first and scored 131 a/o in 30.1 overs with Finnigan Young top scoring with 29. After tea they proceded to bowl Purton out for 40 in 22.2 overs. Angus Steel, Nithin Vinod, James Nuttall, James Pringle and Will Symes all taking 2 wickets each. Well done to all a good start to the season. 21 points gained.

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Colts news and update

Apr 25, 2016
The season is underway

The 2016 season started with a free "taster" session for new or interested members on Wednesday 20th April.This was something we had never held before and it turned out to be a big success. We were blessed with dry weather albiet rather chilly!

There were 20 expressions of interest ahead of the night and a few more on the day turned up to make the event a great success along some of last years members.

Also new for 2016 was two indoor sessions held at the Tollgate indoor cricket centre in Salisbury for the U13's and 15's. This was in rediness for U15 game v Trowbridge on Sun 24th April - Thanks to Howard Smith and Chris Mundy for running the sessions.

The extra practice must of helped as SLCC U15's played out a low scoring tie with mighty Trowbridge at Harnham both teams 42 all out 13 points each.

Regards Andy   

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Apr 19, 2016

Evening all!!

We are starting our outdoor net sessions this Thursday 21st April from 6pmish onwards and these will run through the whole of the season. All are welcome including the older colts. It is also being incorporated with groundwork night so we can get anything that needs doing sorted whilst there's quite a few of us there. Please make every effort to attend, for obvious reasons.


Andy B


Indoor Nets 2016

Mar 14, 2016

Evening all,

Indoor nets start this Sunday (20th March), at Tollgate Indoor Cricket Centre, Salisbury, SP1 2JG from 12pm-2pm.

Also same time and place for 3rd and 10th April, hope to see as many of you there as possible and as always, please spread the word to anyone else you feel may be interested.

Andy "the claw" Bennett

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Mar 14, 2016

Evening all,


Please note that this season's Groundforce weekend is on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd April from 9.30am onwards. As you can imagine, there is a lot of work to be done both on the ground and the pavilion to get everything up together for the first match on 16th April. Therefore, please make every effort to attend for some time over the weekend as it is imperitive that this work is completed. 


Thanks in advance


The Committee


Match Report - 1st XI - 29th August

Sep 1, 2015

County Division 4 North – Steeple Langford 1st XI v Dinton 1st XI

Steeple Langford 1st XI maintained their place to finish second in County Division 4 North with a 6 wicket win over local rivals Dinton. On winning the toss, Langford skipper Andy Bennett asked Dinton to bat and they were soon in trouble at 15 for 3 with the Langford openers Gary Smith and Nick Partridge swinging the ball both ways. Away team skipper Pearce (36) and Middlecote (28) then steadied the ship, putting on 61 before Liam Harvey picked up the first of his 2 wickets by dismissing Pearce. Tom Bennett was then introduced into the attack and he removed the remaining 5 batsmen to finish with remarkable figures of 5 for 6 off his 3 overs. Smith also finished with a fine return of 2 for 17 from his 10 overs and Dinton were all out for 117 in 35 overs. In reply, for the first time in a number of weeks, the Langford top order failed to leave them in the precarious position of 35 for 4, mainly due to Hannaford taking 3 wickets. However, Chris Mundy and Nick Partridge (27*) calmed any nerves by knocking off the remaining runs in a solid and composed stand of 85 to see the home side home with 18 overs to spare. Mundy rounded off a fine season with the bat by finishing on an unbeaten 53. With the top side Compton & Chandlers Ford 2nds game being abandoned due to rain it meant Steeple Langford had to settle for second place but still gained automatic promotion.

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Fancy Dress 20/20 game

Aug 29, 2015
Monday 31st of August 1.30 start

Come and join in the fun, there was a lot of pink last year!!  

Everyone welcome players/non-players/colts the more the merrier!!

Will there be that unmistakable soung of ball on spade this year!!

BBQ, ice creams etc

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1st XI Match Report - 22nd August 2015

Aug 25, 2015

County Division 4 North – Steeple Langford 1st XI v Sparsholt 2nd XI

Steeple Langford 1st XI secured promotion from County Division 4 North by gaining maximum points with a convincing 132 run win at home against Sparsholt 2nds. In what was definitely a game of 2 halves, it was hot and sunny when Langford skipper Andy Bennett won the toss and elected to bat on another excellent home track. Once again, the openers got them off to a flyer putting on 42 in the first 7 overs before both fell in quick succession, Tom Bennett hitting a rapid 35. The pace then slowed a bit with Langford losing another couple of wickets to leave them on 89 for 4 until Tom Dennis and Nick Partridge(23) stabilised things. Dennis then shared stands of 53 with Gary Smith (17) and an unbroken one of 54 with young Alec Lloyd(24*) to see the home team to a respectable score of 234 for 6. Dennis batted excellently to finish unbeaten on 86 and for the the away team, 16 year old Patterson was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 57. During tea the predicted cloud and unsettled weather closed in to possibly threaten completion of the game but the rain held off for Sparsholt’s innings to begin. The openers had a steady start but accurate bowling restricted them to 29 when they lost their 1st wicket in the 10th over with light intermittent rain starting to fall. To speed things up and try to ensure 25 overs were bowled for a result to be obtained, Langford’s skipper introduced Tom Bennett and Luke Stephens into the attack and this immediately paid dividends with Stephens taking a wicket in each of his first 2 overs and Bennett one in his third to remove the dangerous Wilson (22). From then on the away team struggled against the tight bowling with Bennett taking 2 for 32 from his 10 overs and Stephens 3 for 13 from 6. Andy Bennett then brought himself on and in a miserly spell of 8.4 overs he took an excellent 4 for 5, including that of away captain Pryce who tried to hold the innings together with a resolute 32. Sparsholt ended up on 102 all out in the 42nd over but great credit must be given to them for battling on through the worsening, though not dangerous, conditions with the game being played in a very good spirit. With one game to go, Steeple Langford are now in second place and still have a chance to win the league if results go their way.

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Aug 25, 2015

Message from Andy Bennett


Evening all, it is with great pride that I can confirm after our max points win on Saturday that I've done the maths and the 1sts are now guaranteed promotion with 1 game still to go :) If results go our way this coming Saturday we could even win the league as it's very tight between the top 3, of which we are second. A big thank you to everyone that has played for both the 1sts and 2nds as there were a couple of games we were particularly short - so even if you've only played once or twice you've contributed in some way. With this in mind, I owe a big thank you to Rob Emm who has helped me no end to ensure I've had the strongest team possible at the expense of the 2nds. So, weather permitting, we will be having a BBQ after the last league game this Saturday and everyone is invited. This includes all players and their partners, kids and family, whether it be Saturdays, Sundays or Tuesdays along with colts and their parents. Let's have a great last Saturday, I think we all deserve it!!!

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Match Reports - 15th August

Aug 18, 2015

County Division 4 North – Steeple Langford 1st XI v Amesbury

Steeple Langford 1st XI kept their promotion hopes alive with a 27 run win away at Amesbury, despite what can only be described as a very below-par batting performance on a good wicket. Put into bat, skipper Andy and his son Tom Bennett once again set a good foundation, putting on 78 in 17 overs. Both looked very comfortable before being caught driving to mid-off, Tom scoring 40 and Andy 27, but a score in excess of 200 should have been obtained. However, due to very poor shot selection, Langford ended up struggling to 151 all out in the last over, with only young Alec Lloyd applying himself to hit 17. Smith took 4 for 23 and Gower 3 for 21 for the home team. Langford knew that they had to put in an excellent bowling and fielding performance to stand any chance of defending their low score but the Amesbury openers were aggressive from the start hitting 39 in the first 6 overs before Nick Partridge removed Renshaw for 30. Partridge then took a second wicket in his next over and spinner Tom Bennett was introduced into the attack early and removed Surenderan for 15 in his third over. Andy Bennett also brought himself on to slow the pace at both ends and with the runs drying up, the pressure started to show on the home team who were now losing wickets at regular intervals. Both Bennetts bowled through their 10 overs with Tom taking an excellent 4 for 25 and Andy 2 for 24. Langford now looked favourites to gain victory but Amesbury skipper Gower had other ideas and attacked the bowling as soon as he arrived at the crease, although it was still a big ask with no runs coming from the other batsmen. Langford were very pleased to have Luke Stephens returning to the team after a couple of months out through injury and he was soon into his stride to remove the last 2 batsmen, including the dangerous Gower for a hard-hit 40, the home side finishing on 124 all out. Stephens took a welcome 2 for 18 off 7.2 overs and Partridge 2 for 34 from his 10. With other results on the day going in their favour, Steeple Langford remain in 3rd place but it is now very tight between the top 3 sides.


Heavy rain all day Friday managed to seep under the covers making the Langford wicket slightly damp at one end but hard at the other so both Captains were keen to win the toss and bowl. As it was Langford were asked to bat and lost opener Adi Hughes early. Chris Miles and Stuart Emm then set about patiently setting a solid base against some tight and accurate bowling. Stu Emm (14) was eventually out just before drinks following which Raj Kumar (25) and Matt Pieterse (14) brought a little more impetus to the innings. Chris Miles was eventually out for a solid 55 allowing Darren Harvey (16) and Rob Emm to up the tempo with the final score being 192 for 9. Rob Emm’s 42 n.o. came off 28 balls in 28 minutes. Given the slightly two paced nature of the pitch this total was considered a good score to defend.

After tea Raj Kumar and Chris Miles opened the bowling and still managed to find plenty of movement despite the aging ball and the drying pitch. Whiteparish quickly fell behind the required run rate as the opening bowlers shared the first 4 wickets (Kumar 2 for 25, Miles 2 for 18). Langford then went for spin at both ends which again was very tight meaning the batsman were unable to accelerate the run chase. Darren Harvey (1 for 25) and young Tony Gibson (1 for 21) both probably deserved more than their single wickets. Bowling out of the setting sun Joe McNeilly caused a few problems (1 for 15) but it was again left to Matt ‘the Mopper’ Pieterse to finish things off with 2 for 23. An excellent performance by all the bowlers led to the wickets being shared around evenly and Langford eventually winning by 60 runs.

The result balances out Langford 2nds season again with 7 wins and 7 defeats for a solid top 6 position in the league.


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Match Reports - 1st August

Aug 14, 2015

County Division 4 North – Steeple Langford 1st XI v Trojans 2nd XI

Steeple Langford 1st XI had a comfortable 87 run win away at Trojans 2nds. Opting to bat first, Langford maintained a good run rate despite losing wickets at regular intervals. Tom Bennett continued his recent good form opening the batting, punishing anything loose for an excellent 80. Martin Grearson (26) and Nick Partridge (28) chipped in with useful runs but it was left to Gary Smith to see the away side to maximum batting points, the final total being 238 for 9 with Smith ending on a fine unbeaten 39. In reply, Trojans struggled against the Langford bowling with Partridge and Smith in particular bowling an impressive opening spell with Smith ending a fine all-round performance by taking 2 for 22 off his 10 overs. Only Raza with a patient 36* from nearly 30 overs and Prudden with a very good aggressive 46 showed any resistance and the home side’s innings petered out to 151 for 9 at the close. Adam McNeilly picked up a couple of useful wickets at the death to finish with 2 for 13.


The league leaders Upper Clatford were the visitors to Langford on Saturday with the home team keen to dent their unbeaten record. Rob Emm continued his recent good form with the toss winning and electing to field. Chris Miles (4 for 20) and Raj Kumar (1 for 27) took the new ball with both getting good movement in the air and off the pitch. With one ball Chris Miles had the prospect of a hat trick and a five wicket haul but bottled it to keep the moths in his wallet. At the half way stage Langford were well on top with Clatford 57 for 5. For the second week running Darren Harvey can count himself unlucky (1 for 24) while, as has become the norm, Matt Pieterse mopped up the tail (3 for 36). A good performance in the field was epitomised by Stuart Emm taking a great catch on the deep square leg boundary. In position early, catching pose adopted, 10 minutes later the ball came down, never in doubt. Upper Clatford were eventually all out for 141.

With a relatively low score to chase Langford were confident of the win, however it soon became clear just why Upper Clatford are top of the league. The opening bowlers were accurate and got good movement off the pitch and through the air. Adie Hughes (23) looked to dominate from the start but wickets fell regularly at the other end. Raj Kumar (29) batted well as did Luke Emm (18) but the Clatford umpire’s finger (doing both ends for both innings) was up for LBW more often than not. That said things pretty much evened themselves out across the match with Langford benefiting from 3 LBW decisions to Clatford’s 4. With wickets running out Rob Emm (24 n.o.) took it upon himself to finish things off by hitting out but this only led to the run out of Dave Haugh as Emm looked to pinch the strike at the end of an over. Langford came up 10 runs short.

Compliments were received from the Upper Clatford players in that Langford pushed them harder than any other team this season but this was little comfort in defeat.

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Match Reports - 8th August

Aug 14, 2015

County Division 4 North – Steeple Langford 1st XI v Wherwell 1st XI

Steeple Langford 1st XI’s promotion hopes took a setback after a disappointing performance resulted in them losing by 46 runs at home to Wherwell. On a very hot day and the pitch looking full of runs, the away team skipper won the all-important toss and unsurprisingly elected to bat first. Nick Partridge bowled an aggressive opening spell in which he took 3 wickets to leave Wherwell on 54 for 3. However, with a lightning fast outfield and too many boundary balls being bowled, Beckingham (51) and Taylor (67) punished the home side’s sloppiness and a score of around 300 looked on the cards. However, the introduction of skipper Andy Bennett paid dividends removing the dangerous Taylor in his first over and hence slowing the run-rate. Wickham (31) and Young (24) were the only other batsmen to make useful contributions and in the end the home side were content to restrict Wherwell to 251 all out. Partridge took 4 for 43 and Bennett 4 for 46 from their 10 overs. Langford knew this score was attainable if they batted properly and father and son Andy and Tom Bennett got them off to a great start putting on 42 in 7 overs before the younger opener fell for 22. Adam McNeilly came to the crease and he and Bennett were going well until the older opener went for 28. The Wherwell bowling tightened up with the introduction of Guilfoyle and Langford struggled to keep up with the required rate in the middle part of the innings. McNeilly was run out for a solid 48 and Tom Dennis looked to get the rate back on track before being dismissed for a quickfire 22. Chris Mundy (48) and 16 year old Alec Lloyd (14) shared a stand of 47 but unfortunately the rate proved too high with Langford ending on 205 for 6, Guilfoyle taking a creditable 3 for 35 from his 10 overs.


Holidays meant that three of Langford’s second team regulars were called up to the first team which left the seconds looking threadbare and including three young colts. Trevor Thompson, fresh off the plane from his summer holidays, was also dragged kicking and screaming out of retirement. Rob Emm again won the toss and elected to bat with the openers Stuart Emm (19) and Tom Stobbs (29) progressing steadily from the outset and adopting very much a safety first attitude. Once wickets began to fall they fell regularly and it was only really Raj Kumar (55) who got on top of the bowling. Extras were the only other score to get into double figures. Langford were all out for 171 in the 40th over.

A leisurely tea was followed by Raj Kumar and Chris Miles opening the bowling but, despite an early wicket for Kumar, Farley ticked over nicely at 4 or 5 an over throughout without have to take any major risks. Chris Miles toiled through his 10 overs (0 for 34) with Matt Pieterse (1 for 27) and Joe McNeilly (1 for 25) getting slightly better reward. With time running out and the target getting closer an inspired bowling change brought young leg spinner Tony Gibson in to the attack with instant reward as his first ball in Langford senior cricket bowled the Farley opener for 56. He continued to bowl well (1 for 23) and to cause the batsmen concern and was unlucky not to get a couple more wickets at least. The returning Kumar at the other end winkled out another to finish on 2 for45 but it was too little too late as Farley won by 5 wickets.

Thanks must go to the young guns Jack Kininson, Luke Sharp and Tony Gibson for turning out and doing a good job in the field but overall a slightly lacklustre performance from Langford got what it deserved.

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Match Reports - 25th July 2015

Jul 27, 2015


With captain Andy Bennett off partying in Bristol, it was left to his son Tom to find victory on Saturday; he started well by winning the toss and rightly, after the deluge the day before, put Andover into bat. Langford started brightly and restricted Andover to just 15-2 after 10 overs, Gary Smith in particular bowling a great line, not letting the Andover batsman score and picking up wickets along the way eventually finishing for 3-18 off his 10 overs, Nick Partridge was unfortunate at the other end and finished for 0-16 off 7. Changes were made in the bowling with Liam Harvey struggling initially but then accounting for Ollie Palmer, who made an entertaining 24, but fell into the trap set when a man was sent out to deep midwicket, despite this knock no other batsman found any rhythm against some tight bowling and fielding, bar the two drops from Adam McNeilly either side of taking a good catch at short midwicket. Tom Bennett finished off the innings bowling skipper Ward to take 3-16 and was well supported by Mundy 2-11 and Harvey 2-29, with Andover's innings ended for 99, on a wicket that was drying quickly and playing well.

Langford's reply started rapidly after an excellent tea, Tom Bennett quickly into his stride and taking 15 runs off of skipper Ward's 2nd over as Langford raced to 35 off 6 overs, Alec Lloyd batted patiently and sensibly at the other end with Bennett and was also finding the boundary with ease. Bennett reached his 50 by the 10th over and bar a nick that was dropped behind, both openers saw the team through to 100-0 off just 16.4 overs, Bennett finishing with an unbeaten 66* and Lloyd 27*, seeing the team to a brilliant overall maximum points win.



Langford arrived at Andover to find a very damp, patchy wicket which on first sight looked like a bowler’s dream and a batsman’s nightmare. Rob Emm won the all important toss and had no hesitation in asking the opposition to bat. Chris Miles (2 for 16) and Raj Kumar (4 for 26) bowled well exploiting the conditions, particularly the variable bounce, to leave the home team struggling on 44 for 6 at the 20 over mark. Darren Harvey replaced Kumar and was unlucky only to get 2 wickets for a miserly 9 runs off 7 overs while at the other end debutant Arthur Hussey replaced Miles. With his size 18 ‘canoe’ like feet perfectly suited to the damp conditions he also bowled well (1 for 28) and looks a good addition to the Langford squad. As always though, it was left to Matt Pieterse, wearing Stuart Emm’s 1930’s style boots (having forgotten his own), to mop up the tail – one ball, one wicket, thank you very much, tea. Andover 84 all out.

The tea was of a very high standard and much appreciated by the Langford team many of whom would have preferred to stay in the pavilion and refill their plates rather than having to bat. As it was Chris Miles and Adie Hughes had the honour and started quickly taking 18 off the first 2 overs. The pitch was clearly drying out and becoming easier to bat on but there was still the odd one rearing off a length or keeping low. Hughes eventually went for 19 followed shortly after by Kumar for 2 but this only brought the wily old campaigner Stu Emm to the crease who looked to take no chances finishing unbeaten on 12. Chris Miles at the other end batted through for 34 not out determined to play front foot and through the V at all times. This he did apart from a couple of occasions when short leg side balls got stuck in the pitch resulting in a good impression of an uncoordinated ballerina.

A good win to keep Langford comfortably in the top half of the table but helped considerably by winning the toss.

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Match Reports - 18th July 2015

Jul 20, 2015

County Division 4 North – Steeple Langford 1st XI v Winterslow 1st XI

Steeple Langford 1st XI got back to winning ways with a hard-fought 9 run win away at Winterslow. With 5 regular 1st teamers unavailable, the away side expected a tough game and this proved to be the case. On winning the toss Langford batted first and got off to a flyer with skipper Andy Bennett (30) and his son Tom Bennett (40) punishing any balls that were slightly wayward and the pair put on 73 in the first 10 overs before falling in quick succession. With Winterslow bowling much tighter,the run rate slowed but Adam McNeilly and Martin Grearson (22) kept the board ticking. McNeilly and Nick Partridge (32) then shared a stand of 53 and started to push things along but Langford then lost another couple of quick wickets to leave them on 167 for 6. However Adam Dhanji then joined McNeilly and he took the attack to the bowling, the pair putting on 45 before McNeilly fell for a solid and patient 56 and Dhanji eventually holed out for an aggressive33. The tail then wagged and took the score to 241 for 8 at tea. In reply, Winterslow also attacked from the start and despite losing an early wicket, took advantage of some sloppy Langford bowling to progress to 46 before Darren Harvey took his second wicket. When the third wicket fell on 77 this brought together Miles and Rowe (45) who put on 68 and kept the home team up with the rate. However, Dhanji was brought into the bowling attack and straight away removed Miles for a fine but chancey 61 and then also Rowe a couple of overs later. With the Langford bowling and fielding tightening up, the rate started increasing and wickets were regularly falling leaving Winterslow needing 16 from the last over to win. This proved too much and despite Dawson’s (26*) efforts the home side fell 9 runs short with Dhanji capping an excellent all-round performance by taking 3 for 37, Harvey taking 2 for 26 and Partridge 2 for 45.


What a great game – 479 runs in total and all going down to the last ball.

The Ampfield captain lost the toss and Rob Emm chose to bat first on what was a hard pitch and lightning quick outfield. The returning Alex Penny opened the batting in his normal forthright manner dispatching the ball to and over the boundary with ease. He completed his century in the 16th over with a massive six into the field before being out stumped the very next ball going for yet another big one. The rest of the Langford batsman only had to play second fiddle during the carnage but after Penny’s departure stepped up and through Matt Pieterse (28), Rob Emm (21), Tom Dhanji (20 n.o.) and three other scores in the teens finally amassed 240 for 9. Tom Dhanji and Joe McNeilly frustrated the Ampfield bowlers at the end to winkle out a few extra runs and make sure the fielding team were out in the sun for the full 42 overs.

At tea the cloud cover increased and bonfire smoke wafted across the pitch to make batting conditions for the away team that little bit more difficult. However, the Ampfield openers rose to the challenge and played positively to tick along at, or just below, the required run rate in knocking off the first 100. For a change Matt Pieterse (3 for 35) was required to mop up the openers rather than the tail which he began with his first ball inducing a top edge that Joe McNeilly held on to well on the square leg boundary. With the opening partnership split Langford thought the win was theirs but the Ampfield players kept hitting out and pressurising the field despite wickets beginning to fall. The crucial point appeared to be when the other opener was bowled for 96 by Tom Dhanji (2 for 63) but no, runs kept coming such that eight were required off the final over with five wickets in hand. With the fielders all on the boundary some ones and twos left three needed off the last ball. A big swing, a miss, a scampered bye and Langford won by just one run. Credit must go to Tom Stobbs for holding his nerve when bowling the final over.

A good win but may be just a little bit too close for comfort.

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Kwik Cricket (U9) Festival and Club Open Day 26th July 2015

Jul 17, 2015
Sponsored by Waitose


ECB Club Open Day


U9 Kwik Cricket Tournament


Sunday 26th July 2015


10am onwards


Refreshments served all day


Hot dogs


Ice creams




Scones with jam and cream






Come along for some Steeple Langford Hospitality

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Quiz & Curry Night

Jul 17, 2015
Saturday 8th August 2015

Quiz & Curry Night

Saturday 8th August 2015

8.30pm (when both teams have finished)

Teams of 5 (max)

£7.50 per person for food

£1 per person for quiz entry

Prize for winning team


Tickets from behind the bar, Sandy or Dave

NB - Please let us know if you would like a vegitarian option/non-curry

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Match Reports - 11th July 2015

Jul 15, 2015

County Division 4 North – Steeple Langford 1st XI v Bishops Waltham 2nd XI

Steeple Langford 1st XI poor form continued with a 127 run home defeat against Bishops Waltham 2nd XI. Electing to bat first, Bishops Waltham were soon in trouble at 9 for 3 after excellent bowling from Gary Smith and Nick Partridge. After some early scares Corder (73) and Budd (50) then got their eye in on a hard flat track to put on 126 for the 4th wicket. Once this partnership ended wickets then fell at regular intervals with only Bradley (32*) making a significant contribution and the innings ended on 215 for 9. Smith ended with a fine 4 for 35 and Chris Mundy chipped in with 3 for 46. At tea the home team felt confident of chasing this down but things changed dramatically within the first 7 overs with the batsmen seemingly on a suicide mission to leave Steeple Langford on a catastrophic 7 for 6. Martin Grearson (27) and Gary Smith (36) looked very comfortable in putting on 57 to try and bring some element of respectability to the score but once they were out the innings faded to a paltry 88 all out, Bradley being the pick of the bowlers taking 5 for 10. If Langford want to maintain their promotion push then they need to rediscover their batting form very quickly indeed.


For the second week running Rob Emm won the toss and elected to field on what looked a dodgy wicket. With Durnford soon on 45 for 3 this appeared to be a good decision but the home team’s batsmen grew into the innings and eventually amassed 272 all out thanks to a combination of good batting, short boundaries and a couple of costly dropped catches. That said there were some good cameos from the Langford players: Rob Emm actually diving low to leg to snaffle a leg glance; Darren Harvey leaping salmon like at Gully to take a great catch; Jamie Stafford using every inch of his six foot something to take one in his fingertips; and, Dave Haugh’s first ball being reminiscent of Shane Warne to Mike Gatting as the batsman left a wide one only to find it spinning back extravagantly to hit off stump. The pick of the bowlers were Raj Kumar at the start of the innings (3 for 38) and Matt Pieterse again mopping up the tail at the end (4 for 42).

The Langford response to the chase never really got going as wickets fell at regular intervals. Chris Miles looked to drop anchor and hold up one end in what could be described as either a very patient or downright boring innings depending on the point of view. He was eventually out for 27 having ticked along at an average of a run an over. Otherwise only young Matt Dhanji (16), the not so young Rob Emm (11) and extras (14) managed double figures with Langford eventually being all out for just 90. Pick of the Durnford bowlers was Ambrose who swung the ball prodigiously ending with excellent figures of 6 wickets for just 6 runs.

So Langford follow up last week’s excellent win with a thumping defeat and in doing so continue the season’s erratic form. One bright side though – at least the second team scored more runs than the first team!

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1st and 2nd XI reports - 4th July 2015

Jul 6, 2015

County Division 4 North – Steeple Langford 1st XI v Hurstbourne Priors

Steeple Langford 1st XI fell to their second successive defeat after a below-par batting display at home to Hurstbourne Priors. Put into bat on a lovely batting track, the home side soon found themselves at 13 for 2 before Andy Bennett and Chris Mundy steadied the ship with a stand of 52. Bennett was then out LBW for 22 and Tom Dennis then joined Mundy and they put on 55 before Dennis fell for 28. They then lost 2 more quick wickets, including Mundy for 42, to leave themselves in a precarious position at 124 for 6 and after a couple of quick cameo innings were left at 156 for 9. Gary Smith and Liam Harvey then shared a last wicket stand of 32 to get the score to a slightly more respectable 188 before Smith was out for 24 with 1 over left. The pick of the away team bowlers were Hamson with 4 for 25 and Budd taking 3 for 36. On a decent batting surface and quick outfield, Langford knew this was really 70 runs short of the expected score so needed to take early wickets. However, despite bowling well , luck wasn’t on their side and the opening pair of Nautiyal and Bayliss put on 110 before Bayliss was bowled for a far from convincing 46. Nautiyal on the other hand continued his rich vein of form for Hurstbourne Priors and was punishing any loose bowling and despite losing a further 4 wickets he saw his side home with an over to spare, ending on an excellent unbeaten 98. The pick of the Langford bowlers were Andy Bennett 2 for 53 and Nick Partridge who bowled much better than his 1 for 39 from 10 overs suggests. Langford can take some comfort from a decent bowling and fielding display but need to return to their earlier good batting form as soon as possible.


For once Rob Emm won the toss for Langford and decided to bat on what was a rock hard pitch, bobbly outfield and boiling hot day. Bouyed by his change of fortune he also opted to open the batting and having scraped around like an old chicken for the first few overs eventually managed to anchor the top order scoring 34. Most of the batsman made good starts (Chris Miles 20, Raj Kumar 17, Matt Pieterse 21, Darren Harvey 32) but it was the returning Adam Dhanji who stole the show batting well with the tail for an unbeaten 62. Further helped by a good score from extras, Langford’s innings finished on 250 for 8 with the Romsey players looking shattered by three and bit hours in the sun.

With a big score to chase down, Romsey’s opener took to swinging from pretty much the first ball and amassed a quick fire 27 before a yorker from Chris Miles saw him on his way. This brought 12 year old Hamsphire youth team player Trodd to the crease who followed up on his three wicket haul when bowling with a controlled 52. Langford’s bowling stuck well to the task despite the match ball having been pretty much demolished by the hard pitch. Darren Harvey opted to take the pace off this week and bowled a controlled spell ending with 2 for 44 while Matt Pieterse came on to mop up the tail taking 4 for 21. For a long part of the 2nd innings Romsey weren’t too far behind the run rate but were eventually bowled out for 198 in the 40th over.

It was good to get back to winning ways to balance up the wins and the losses across the season. A very long day in the sun but very satisfying to come home with maximum points.

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1st XI Match Report - 27th June 2015

Jun 29, 2015

County Division 4 North – Steeple Langford 1st XI v Whitchurch 1st XI

Steeple Langford 1st XI suffered their first defeat of the season going down by 40 runs away at Whitchurch after a much below par performance. It is also a day that skipper Andy Bennett will want to quickly forget playing at his old club, as on winning the toss he asked the home team to bat which later proved to be the wrong decision. He then proceeded to drop opener Williams in the slips off the first ball of the match and then again in the third over, both times off the bowling of a non-too-pleased Nick Partridge. At the other end Gary Smith removed the other opener early with the score on 9. This brought Bevan to the crease and him and Williams then put on 169 for the second wicket before Partridge, in his second spell, removed Bevan for a fine 66. Williams went on to punish his good ‘friend’ Bennett’s drops by hitting an excellent but risky 102 before Partridge finally removed him. After that wickets fell regularly with Treble (24*) the only other home batsman to reach double figures and the innings finished on 241 for 8. Partridge once again bowled excellently with movement and pace to finish with 4 for 46 and Chris Mundy took 3 for 47. In reply, Langford got off to a solid start with an opening stand of 34 but then lost 3 quick wickets to leave them at 48 for 3, opener Adi Hughes hitting 24. After that all of the middle order got themselves in before then getting themselves out in the run chase – Chris Mundy (37), Gary Smith (27), Tom Dennis (22) and Tom Bennett (21) the main run-getters. In the end the innings petered out to leave the away side short by 40 runs and ending on 201-9. The only positives from the day were that Steeple Langford remain top of the league and with Williams from Whitchurch doing the catering at Langford’s end of season bash, no doubt he will offer a substantial discount due to the generosity of the away team skipper.

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2nd XI Match Report - 27th June 2015

Jun 28, 2015


After last weekend’s rest day due to an odd number of teams in the league, the Langford Lions were keen to get back in to the swing of things. Matt Pieterse captained due to Rob Emm’s poorly pinkie. Even so the toss was once again lost with the Dinton captain electing to bat. Runs flowed freely from the start with all the bowlers struggling to put together more than two or three good balls an over. Chris Miles swung one viciously to bowl the opener Allan (25) but this only brought Gale to the crease who settled in for the rest of the innings eventually finishing not out on 127. Dave Haugh bowled tidily (1 for 32 from 8 overs) but otherwise all the bowlers got a caning as Dinton amassed 264 for 4.

The Langford response started well with Simon (Cinderella) Ford playing aggressively from the start as a consequence of having to leave early. His controlled hitting ensured that Langford were always up with, or ahead of the asking rate but unfortunately wickets fell at regular intervals at the other end. When Ford was out for 50 just after the first drinks break it looked all over but a 9th wicket partnership of 70 between Chris Miles and Nathan Hill made Dinton sweat a little. Miles (21) finally succumbed with Dave Haugh following the very next ball to leave Hill unbeaten on 48 just missing out on his maiden Saturday 50 for the second time this season. Langford were all out for 182 in the 31st over.

Another disappointing day. Who knows whether this was due to the short boundary on one side, lack of match practice due to no game last week, or just being weighed down by the rock buns at tea; however, better is hoped for next week.

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Claw's army marches on - Match Report 20th June 2015

Jun 22, 2015

County Division 4 North – Steeple Langford 1st XI v Whiteparish 1st XI

Steeple Langford 1st XI made it 7 wins out of 7 with a comfortable 51 run away win at Whiteparish. Put into bat, Langford were quickly into the runs with skipper Andy Bennett and Adam McNeilly putting on 47 in 10 overs before McNeilly (23) decided to go fishing and tickled one to the keeper. This brought Adi Hughes to the crease and he and Bennett pushed the score along to 125 at the drinks break with a big score looking on the cards. Hughes went soon after though for a positive 30 and with wickets in hand Bennett decided to try and speed things along before being stumped for an excellent 84. After that the recently in form middle order never really got going with only Chris Mundy (22) and Tom Bennett (22) making decent contributions but Langford obtained the maximum batting points, finishing on 229 all out off the last ball of their allotted 45 overs. Dance took 3 for 20 and Dovey 3 for 40 for Whiteparish. In reply the home side lost 2 quick wickets with Nick Partridge clean bowling both and breaking 2 stumps in the process. His pace and movement caused the Whiteparish batsmen no end of problems and with the score on 40 he picked up his 3rd wicket caught behind. A few of the batsmen made small contributions but wickets fell regularly with Hamblin (55) keeping one end intact but wickets fell at regular intervals and the run rate was always increasing.  The Whiteparish innings petered out to 178 for 8 (Dance 28*), Partridge taking an excellent 3 for 26 off his 10 overs and young Liam Harvey a fine 3 for 30 from his 7 overs.

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Match Reports for 1st and 2nd Team - Sat 13th June 2015

Jun 15, 2015

County Division 4 North – Steeple Langford 1st XI v Compton & Chandlers Ford 2nd XI

Steeple Langford 1st XI maintained their 100% winning streak after a 20 run home win against the toughest opponents they’ve played so far this season. Put into bat on a hard flat track, Langford soon found themselves on the back foot, losing both openers in the first couple of overs. Adam McNeilly and Chris Mundy then looked to steady things and this they did with a solid 62 run partnership before McNeilly went for an important 27. This brought Tom Dennis to the crease with Mundy and the 2 in-form Langford batsmen took advantage of the excellent batting conditions to put on a superb 126 together before Dennis was caught in the deep for a fine 63. Soon after Mundy was run out for a quality 89, his 4th consecutive half-century, and is a major factor as to why Langford are currently top of their league. After the usual mad dash for runs at the end the innings closed on 220 for 5, 30 to 40 runs short of what they’d hoped for at the start. However, as has been the norm so far this season, opening bowlers Gary Smith and Nick Partridge put the opponents in trouble right from the start and had them reeling at 2 for 3. Lawrence (40) and Scallern (46) then started the rebuilding exercise with a cautious stand of 98 but all the time the run rate was creeping up meaning chances had to be taken. The tail wagged well with Pickett (24) and Murray (20) playing nice cameo innings but in the end the home total proved too big to chase down and they finished on 200 for 9. Smith bowled a very tidy 10 overs taking 1 for 27, Partridge returned an excellent 3 for 31 from his 10, Tom Bennett a fine 1 for 33 from 10 and skipper Andy Bennett chipped in with 2 for 19 at the death.


Langford skipper Rob Emm yet again lost the toss with Hursley Park opting to bat first. Chris Miles bowled his 10 overs straight through finishing with tidy figures of 4 for 15. At one stage it looked as if Langford would only have a modest total to chase but Hursley Park’s No 4 had other ideas dispatching the bowling to various parts of the ground. He was eventually bowled by Matt Pieterse (2 for 35) just before the end having scored 132 out of his team’s total of 191 for 7. With Langford’s batting frailties of late this was clearly a challenging score to chase down.

After tea young Alec Lloyd, freshly recovered from a knee operation, opened the batting and played magnificently anchoring one end for almost the whole of the Langford innings before eventually being out for 70. Teenagers Matt Dhanji (15) and Luke Emm (27) also batted well to keep the momentum going and ensuring the run rate never passed 6 an over. Although it got a little bit too tight for comfort towards the end Matt Pieterse (47 n.o.) saw the team home from the second ball of the final over with 6 wickets down.

A good win for Langford, particularly after a couple of bad defeats, and great to see the youngsters stepping up to the mark and batting well.

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1st XI Match Report - 6th June 2015

Jun 13, 2015

County Division 4 North – Oakley v Steeple Langford 1st XI

Steeple Langford 1st XI made it 5 wins from 5 after a hard-earned 34 run win away at Oakley. On winning the toss, skipper Andy Bennett decided to bat on a hard track that looked full of runs. However, it was soon obvious that batting would be far from easy with the new ball consistently keeping low and the away side were soon 26 for 2 losing both openers cheaply. Adam McNeilly steadied things for a while, scoring 20 before Langford lost 2 more wickets leaving them on a precarious 68 for 4 at the half-way stage of their innings. However, this brought together the in-form Chris Mundy and Martin Grearson who put on 54 before Grearson fell for an aggressive 37. Mundy continued to patiently accrue runs before finally falling for an excellent 50, his third consecutive half-century, and after a late flurry the innings closed on a competitive 172 all out in the last over. In reply Oakley also lost 2 early wickets, with Nick Partridge again bowling with pace, swing and control, before Savage (26) and Bright held things together with a stand of 56. However, with Langford bowling and fielding tightly, even though not taking wickets they ensured the run rate kept creeping up with the home side having to start taking risks to stand any chance of winning the match. Skipper Bennett brought himself on to try and make a breakthrough and duly obliged in his second over, removing Savage who appeared to have taken root at the wicket!! With Partridge and Mundy bowling well at the other end the pressure ended up being too much for Oakley who capitulated to end up being dismissed for 138 in the penultimate over, Bright scoring a grafting 53. Partridge finished with a fine 2 for 19 from his 10 overs, Mundy 2 for 28 and Bennett an excellent return of 5 for 27 from 9 overs.

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2nd XI Match Report - 6th June 2015

Jun 13, 2015


After last week’s disappointing performance the Langford 2nds were determined to make amends. At 106 for 1 in the 22nd over a big score looked on the cards but the loss of Chris Miles (53) and Nick Mundy (38) in close succession led to an all too familiar batting collapse. It was one of those days where everybody seemed to play a good shot to the boundary before somehow managing to get themselves out the very next ball. The innings finished on 166 all out which all agreed was around 50 runs short on what was a good pitch.

As it turned out the Langford score was probably more like 150 runs short as despite an early wicket the Thruxton batsman chased down the score with ease. The target was reached in just the 25th over thanks to a 153 run partnership between Knight (102 n.o.) and Yates (50). Knight in particular tucked in to the Langford bowlers with the ball disappearing over the short leg boundary for six all too often. Only Darren Harvey’s bowling (2/32) threatened to stem the tide.

Another chastening experience for the Langford players.

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U9 cricket update.

Jun 10, 2015
Kwik cricket festivals.

Since coaching started in April there has been a notible improvement across the whole group and of couse no lack of enthusiasm!The team was very dissapointed when the weather caused Heytesbury's festival on 31st May to be cancelled.

Last week they travelled to Burbage and had a great time winning 2 of their 3 games. Everyone will be looking forward to the next game on 28th June at Wesbury.  

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U11 match report - Sun 7th June

Jun 8, 2015
Another good win!

The U11's march on with another outstanding win at home to Trowbridge on Sunday.

Steeple batted first and posted 155 for 3 from their 20 overs top scorers were Ben Howgrave-Graham 28*, Max Balshaw 25* and Oscar Swanton with 20.

Trowbridge innings finished on 129 for 9 with Jasper Blackwood taking 3-12 and Jayden Phelps 2-13 making SLCC victors by 26 runs.

Were top of the league!!

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2nd XI Match Report - 30th May 2015

May 31, 2015


Having spent most of the week trying to get a team together and with only nine men being available from the start, Langford captain Rob Emm was pleased to be invited to bat having lost the toss.   That feeling was to evaporate quickly as the Knights Valley opening bowlers (3/18 and 5/31) proceeded to remove the Langford batsman with alarming regularity.   Langford’s 10th and 11th players eventually arrived either side of 3o/c just in time to go into bat only to come out again shortly after.  A poor overall batting performance ended with Langford 65 all out in the 22nd over with only Rob Emm (10) and Matt Pieterse (11) making double figures and extras (14) being the highest score.  

Given the early end to the first innings tea wasn’t ready so Knights Valley decided to begin the chase.  The home team’s opener (36) adopted a somewhat aggressive batting approach swinging at every ball.  Some good shots soared to the boundary while some others were fortunate to avoid the fielders.  Langford’s bowlers eventually managed to remove three batsmen (Dave Haugh 2/16, Matt Pieterse 1/2) but were never really in the contest.  Knights Valley reached the target in the 12th over.

Match lost, everyone changed, tea eaten and back at the Langford club by 6o/c – not the best of performances.   

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1st XI Match Report - 30th May 2015

May 31, 2015

County Division 4 North – Steeple Langford 1st XI v Bentworth

Steeple Langford 1st XI maintained their 100% winning record with a 10 wicket home hammering of an 8 man Bentworth. Put into bat, the away team were unable to cope with Steeple Langford’s opening bowlers, Gary Smith and Nick Partridge, who took advantage of the overhead conditions to not only gain a prodigious amount of swing but also bowl with great control and accuracy . Only Chenney attempted to attack the bowling with a creditable 22 not out from the visitor’s paltry 51 all out in the 21st over, with Smith ending up with an excellent 4 for 15 from his 10 overs and Partridge 2 for 17 from his 7. With tea still being prepared, Steeple Langford went straight out to bat and openers Adi Hughes and skipper Andy Bennett were keen to ensure there were no hiccups gaining the win. This they did, reaching the required score in only the 7th over, with Hughes once again in confident mood hitting an unbeaten 24 and Bennett ending on 9 not out. This maximum points haul ensured that Steeple Langford went clear at the top of the league.

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U13 team update.

May 31, 2015
Into June and no games yet!

The U13's frustrations with no cricket continued with Sundays game at Erlstoke falling victim to the weather. Lets hope they can make a winning start at Trowbridge this Sunday 14th June. 

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1st XI Match Report vs Colden Common - 23rd May 2015

May 29, 2015

Steeple Langford 1st XI made it 3 wins out of 3 with an excellent 5 wicket win away to Colden Common. Fielding a weakened team due a wedding in the club, Langford were asked to field first and picked up their first wicket in the second over courtesy of Gary Smith. There then followed a stand of 54, although Nick Partridge bowled a great pacey opening spell with little luck, before Tom Bennett made the breakthrough. Soon after, opener Perkis went for 36 after riding his luck on a number of occasions and wickets then fell at regular intervals to the excellent bowling of young Liam Harvey who bowled a great spell taking 2 for 11 from his 5 overs, including that of Perkis and the home side’s main contributor Watts who scored a fine 77. The innings ended on 160 all out with Partridge ending with 2 for 26 from his 10 overs and skipper Andy Bennett 3 for 16. In reply Langford lost an early wicket before Andy Bennett shared stands of 45 with Adam McNeilly (15) and Stu Partridge (22). Bennett then fell for a patient 51 before Nick Partridge (18), Tom Bennett 30 not out and Gary Smith 14 not out comfortably saw the away side home to victory.

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2nd XI Match Report - 23rd May 2015

May 26, 2015


Stand in Langford captain Matt Pieterse won the toss and elected to field. Chris Miles bowled steadily (3/39) to remove the first three Overton batsman before 15 year old Will Lewis stole the show with a five wicket haul (5/29) on his first game for the league team. Lewis bowled an excellent line and length getting plenty of swing and will hopefully become a fixture in the team for the rest of the season. The Overton batsmen were never really allowed to get going with Spaul (36 n.o.) being the highest scorer.

The Langford openers Simon Ford and Clive Perry set about the Overton bowlers straight from the start with the opening bowler Cross living up to his name as he disappeared over the bungalows on a number of occasions. Ford in particular played as if he was late for work but was eventually out for 63 in just the 14th over. Martin Grearson (57 n.o.) then steered the team home assisted by a quick fire 23 n.o. from Darren Harvey.

A good game played in a great spirit resulted in a five wicket win for Steeple Langford.

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Wiltshire Youth Cricket at Steeple Langford CC

May 25, 2015
County Girls U15

Would you pass on  my thanks to all the Steeple Langford helpers/volunteers at yesterdays County girls game.  They made both teams extremely welcome and the hospitality was great.   The ground looked fantastic, the tea excellent and the general friendliness to the two teams, coaches and parents was spot on.  
Thanks again.
Steve Richards
Wiltshire Under 15 girls coach
Steeple Langford Hosting Wiltshire Girls U15

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U11's match report - Sun 24th May

May 25, 2015
Off to a winning start

The latest crop of U11's made the journey to Westbury to start their off their 2015 Wiltshire Youth Cricket League campaign.

Westbury batted first and were probably happy with 150 for 8 from their 20 overs. Max Belshaw 3-27 and Alex Christian 2-20 returned good figures.

Steeple Langford chased down Westburys total scoring 152 for 7 with Max Belshaw completing a good alround game scoring 55 no well supported by Jasper Blackwood with 29 no.

A very good start to the season and big thanks to the parents who have stepped in to help and manage the team on match days.    

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1st XI match report 16th May

May 17, 2015
County Div 4 North SLCC v Mottisfont

Steeple Langford 1st XI made it 2 wins out of 2 with a comfortable 5 wicket win at home against Mottisfont. On winning the toss, the away skipper had no hesitation in opting to bat first on a hard flat track and they made a steady start putting on 37 for the 1st wicket before Luke Stephens bowled Hancock for 20. Wickets then fell at regular intervals with only Husbands (28) and opener Bradwell,  who batted through most of the innings for a patient 64, causing the home team any problems and the innings closed on 179 for 7. The pick of the Langford bowlers was again Luke Stephens who bowled a great spell taking 3 for 18 off his 10 overs and skipper Andy Bennett chipped in with 2 for 23 from 7 overs bowling at the death. In reply, Langford opener Adi Hughes made his intentions clear by immediately taking the attack to the bowlers, being dismissed for a quick-fire 28 in the 8th over. Langford then lost 2 quick wickets before Chris Mundy and Tom Dennis steadied the innings before Dennis was bowled for a patient 21. Mundy then shared stands of 50 with Nick Partridge (a hard-hitting 29) and 48 with Gary Smith (a nicely crafted unbeaten 21) to see Langford home for the loss of 5 wickets and the best part of 4 overs to spare. Once again, Mundy looked solid and ended on an excellent 57 not out, to follow up his unbeaten 65 from the previous week.

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U15 team update.

May 15, 2015
Bad news-Team withdrawn for the league.

The decision to withdraw the U15's from the WYCL was not made lightly by the junior committee.

Unfortunatly the lack of numbers of actual U15's(Although lots of U13's could have played) was one reason but it was the fact that we had no-one to to actually manage them on match days finally tipped the scales.

The club intends to offer the U15's games in the adult friendly team on Sundays so they can continue their cricket development I am sure some will find themselves in the 2nd XI on saturdays as well!

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1st XI match report Sat 9th May

May 13, 2015
County Div 4 North IBM Hursley v SLCC

Steeple Langford 1st XI started their County Division 4 North campaign with a convincing 91 run win away to IBM Hursley. Put into bat on a green and soft wicket, Langford found the going hard against the home bowling attack and were soon at 24 for 2. Skipper Andy Bennett and Chris Mundy steadied the ship with a cautious 35 run partnership before Bennett was trapped LBW for a hard-grafted 22. This brought Tom Dennis to the crease who straight away took the attack to the bowling, hitting his first ball for 6. Together, he and Mundy despatched the ball to all parts of the ground, putting on a fine 130 run stand before Dennis departed for an excellent 72 with a couple of overs left. Langford lost a couple more wickets in the hunt for runs, ending on a creditable 207 for 6 with Mundy finishing on a fine unbeaten 65. In reply, the home side had no answer to the Langford bowling and fielding with all 5 bowlers used getting movement both in the air and off the drying wicket. Nick Partridge bowled aggressively and with pace to end up with 2 for 24 off his 10 overs, Luke Stephens bowled with great control and his in-swingers earned him figures of 3 for 24 from his 10, Tom Bennett after an inconsistent first couple of overs got his flight and length right and at times with prodigious turn he picked up 3 for 33 from his 10. This left Chris Mundy to finish off the tail taking 2 for 11 and IBM closed on 116 all out. Credit also to the fielders who backed up the bowlers with a very tidy performance.

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2nd XI match report Sat 9th May

May 13, 2015
Regional Div 3 West - SLCC v IBM Hursley

Hursley won the toss and elected to put Langford into bat.
langford started rather steadily and at the 17 over mark were 38 -2, Nathan Hill  and Martin Grearson 70 (playing for the 2nds due to knee problems) then pushed the score on rapidly with a partnership of 95 runs.
With the score on 181 for 5 Darren Harvey applied the long handle and hit a rapid 18 but unfortunately Nathan Hill was run out on 48 from an excellent piece of fielding Langford finished on 212 for 7.
Hursley got off to a better start than Langford but wickets fell regularly and only H Basi with 34 scored runs of any note and were restricted by some tight opening bowling by Liam Harvey and Chris Miles 3 for 15 off his 10 overs.
D Haugh 1-1 off 1 over decided to protect his average by studding himself trying for a catch , he had a lovely evening at Salisbury’s A&E dept. The visitors finished on 136 all out.

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Sunday team gets under way - 3rd May

May 5, 2015

The Sunday team played its first game of the season against Alistair Barretts Wot Noers. Batting first the very experienced SLCC opening pair of Foyle and Emm took the shine off the ball and edged a 45 run opening partnership to lay the foundation for a final total of 153 for 4 from 35 overs Matt Pieterse 39*.

After tea several Wot Noers batters showed flashes of resistance but then perished to rash shots. Peter Barrett an ex SLCC Colt put up a very brave fight at the end of the innings but were bowled out for 126. Man of the was Raj Kumar with 26 runs, 4 for 18 and two catches.

As usual big thanks to Alistair for the teas and money behind the bar on the day and for his continued sponsorship of the match balls for Hampshire League games.       

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Friendly results Sat 2nd May

May 4, 2015

The 1st XI made the long trek to South Newton for their last pre season friendly game. Batting first SLCC manged 152 for 7 Adam McNeilly 59, Nick Partridge 35*. South Newton were made to work very hard for the runs by the Langford bowlers scoring 153 for 3 with only 1 over remaining.

At Langford the 2nd's took part in a very one sided game against a Shrewton XI. Batting first Shrewton totaled 348 for 6, credit to Darren Harvey with 3-58. After tea we were blown away and finished 46 all out. The fixture was made in good faith as a 2nd XI game unfortunately Shrewton forgot that! 

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Friendly results 25th April

Apr 26, 2015

The 1st XI kept up the good start to season with a good win over a South Wilts XI at lower Bemerton. South Wilts scoring 186 for 9 with Tom Bennett and Chris Mundy both taking two wickets each. In reply SLCC reached 187 for 4 wickets Adi Hughs 19, Andy Bennett 21, Chris Mundy 42 and Miles Jones 59.

The 2nd XI entertained Heytesbury 2nd XI at SLCC. A weakened team could only muster 120 for 9 Stuart Emm 37 and Rob Emm 30. At one stage Heytesbury were cruising to victory with Langford praying for the rain to come. By the time the rain finally arrived Langford had started taking wickets and sensed victory so stayed on dispite the groundsmans efforts to get them off! Heytesbury finally ran out winners scoring 123 for 8 Darren Harvey 4 - 32. No harm was done the pitch during the playing in the rain.

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Season now underway

Apr 21, 2015
Sat 18th & Sun 19th May

Andover cancelled last weeks opening game so we had to wait another week before the first games of 2015.

The 1st XI entertained Redlynch & Hale on Saturday and registered a good win despite poor availability. Both Tom Dennis and Tom Bennett posted 50's with skipper Andy Bennett setting the foundation with 39 and 25 from number 3 Adam McNeilly.Final total 235 for 6.

Redlynch and Hale had Webber 30 and Vincent 54 to thank for their total of 196 all out. Nick Partridge pick of the bowlers with 4 for 19.

On sunday we welcomed ex player Pete Stevens back with Hythe & Dibden CC again Rob had very limited availability. Hythe & Dibden posted 242 for 3 with a couple retired best bowling from Joe McNeilly with 3 for 37. Against a very useful bowling attack Langford posted 168 all out with the brothers Emm both posting 40's. Adie Hughes looked solid as opener with 24.  


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Get ready for the new season.

Mar 31, 2015
Club kit web site

Serious Cricket have added several new garments to the SLCC range available for 2015 - take a look and place your orders.

Serious cricket link - or use the link on the home page.


Regards Andy


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Blind Doubles Darts

Feb 22, 2015


Come and join in the fun

Blind Doubles Darts

Saturday 21st of March 7.30pm

Steeple Langford Cricket Club

£5 entry Fee per person

Hot dog and chips included in the price

(let us know if you would like a vegetarian option)


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Election of officers 2015

Feb 18, 2015

From the recent AGM, please see below the elected officers for the 2015 season:

Post Nomination

President - David Henderson

Chairman/Fixtures Secretary -  Andy Foyle

Secretary/Vice Chairman - Andy Bennett

Treasurer - Howard Smith

Membership Secretary - Sue Foyle

Saturday’s 1st XI Captain - Andy Bennett

Saturdays 2nd XI Captain - Rob Emm

Sunday Captain TBC

Tuesday Captain - Tom Bennett

Facilities/Grounds/Health & safety - Pete Dennis

Junior Coordinators - Howard Smith & Andy Foyle

Club Welfare Officer - Sandy McNeilly

Publicity/Press officer - Simon Ford

Fundraising/ Social Committee/ Sponsorship - Sandy McNeilly, Dave Moscrop, Tom Bennett

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Nets 2015

Jan 12, 2015

Hello all,

Nets have once again been arranged at Sarum Academy this year, the sessions will be running from 2-3.30pm on a Sunday for the dates as listed below:

March 1st, 8th, 22nd and 29th

This should tie us in nicely into pre season friendlies before the season starts in May. Please try and make every effort to attend, the more numbers there are, the better the net sessions for all. Forward on to anyone you think would be interested in attending, all newcomers are welcome as we look to strengthen up for the upcoming season!!

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2015 Fixtures

Jan 4, 2015

Hi all,

Just to let you know,the 2015 fixtures for Hampshire League games have been added to the website for you to look at and see where we will be playing this year. Here's to a successful season!!

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AGM 2014 season

Nov 20, 2014
Change of date to Jan 21st 2015.

Please note that the AGM has been moved out to Wed 21st January 2015.

This change will allow the club to complete some restructuring work around roles and responsibilities for the various sub committees as well as a review of volunteer roles.

Regards Andy

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Fun, food and the Fovant Fly

Sep 23, 2014

The club's annual presentation night has been and gone just like the season it seems. The club again was the setting for the awards night, a superb hog roast was provided, Pete Dennis was on speech patrol, plugging any company he could with Andy Bennett, which meant they did not last as long as an Andy Foyle speech, although we did miss doing the sweepstake this year. There were mulitple winners for both the 1st and 2nd team, with Luke Stephens proving maybe he is an all rounder.... and Darren Harvey taking a clean sweep in the 2nd Team. Other awards in the night saw Matt Pieterse being rewarded with the 2nd team player of the year..much deserved and a great first season for Matt, Joe McNeilly getting the Sunday Team award and Nick Partridge the Tuesday Night perfomance award. Other mentions as always were to Sarah Partridge for the club person award, along with Sandy and John and all others who help continue to help run this club, without them we wouldnt be here!!

Award of the night however goes to Mr Jonty Rhodes himself, Adam McNeilly for the hole in the hand award. Adam showed this year just have good a fileder he has become and how all the coaching down the years has helped, especially when he blamed a fly at Fovant for not being able to catch or just literally stop a ball, obviously he brought the fly with him to most games this year!!


A big thank you to everyone that could make the presentation night on Saturday - I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did (apart from Sunday morning). We are lucky to have a brilliant club with great facilities and great members!!! A couple of important dates for you to be aware of:
This weekend (26th & 27th September) is end of season groundforce to sort everything out for the winter. Please make the effort to turn up, even if it's just for a couple of hours.
Wednesday 3rd December - club AGM where there will be very important areas of the club to discuss so we need as many people as possible there. I will be sending out an email/message in the next few days to give you a heads up as to where the club is at the moment and areas we need to address.

Thanks again guys and roll on next season's bash


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Club Presentation Night

Sep 3, 2014
Saturday 20th September 2014

Come and join us for our annual presentation night

Hog Roast 



£15 per ticket available from the club

Transport available

Please can you let us know number by Saturday 13th September

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Colts fun day and presentations

Aug 20, 2014
Sat 6th Sept 2014

We propose to hold a Colts end of season fun day on Saturday 6th Sept for the U9, 11,13 & 14's followed by some presentations.

The club recognises the hard work and the enthusisam shown by all the junior members during the season and felt this is an ideal way to reward them.

The suggestion is we pick mixed teams of U9, 11, 13 & 14's call them England, Australia, West Indies etc and play a round robin kwik cricket competition with the U15's as team managers. Would like to start at 1 o'clock and depending on numbers should be finishing around 4:30 - 5 ish. There will be a BBQ going all afternoon same as wednesday evenings so pleanty of food and drink about.


Can I ask for replies please to give us an indication of numbers.

Any other questions don't hesitate to contact me.


Regards Andy Foyle

SLCC Chairman & Junior admin

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Club fancy dress game and BBQ/ECB Club open day sponsored by Waitrose

Aug 18, 2014
Sunday 7th of September 2014 1pm

We are repeating the fancy dress game we held last year, as a social and fundraising event. The sound of cricket ball on spade was unique!! 

Prize for the best costume.

Everyone welcome to come along and join in the fun




Refreshments supported by Waitrose

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Meeting Thursday 21st August at Club

Aug 14, 2014

Hi all, please put the above in your diary. Chaired by myself, this is a meeting for ALL club members (not just committee and players) to have a frank and open discussion regarding future plans for the club, areas where help is needed, suggestions on things you'd like the committee and fundraising committee to be concentrating on and basically anything else you'd like to bring to the table. I think you'll all agree that we are very lucky to have such a great ground and club but this doesn't just happen and we should be very grateful to certain people that regularly put in hard work for us to benefit. However, to drive the club forward, more input is required so please make every effort to attend and pass the word on to anyone who is not on facebook or that you think would be interested in coming. Thanks in advance you lovely people!!! Andy Bennett


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Not long left...

Aug 14, 2014

As the season is drawing to a close, there are still very important games for both the first and second team to play and you would think that two wins are required from both games, in order to remain in the respective leagues. The season has had mixed fortunes, there have been games where we havent scored enough runs and close games that have gone right to the wire where it could have gone either way yet we reamin unable to cross the line, however the atmosphere in the teams still remains of a good standard and the banter certainly seems to be prevailing around the club in every game I have played in. There seems to be a good team spirit, although we havent had the results we have been wanting, some new players have come in and settled straight away. Last Night's game epitomises my point, in a midweek friendly against Dinton, everyone had a bowl, even the club skipper turning his arm, Dinton scored 164 and we chased it down with two balls to spare, Luke Emm the hero in the end, showing me how to clean hit a 6 into the bungalows, making the task a lot easier in the end as we were chasing 30 off of 3 overs. Everyone seemed to enjoy the game, it was played in good spirits between both teams and was another opportunity for some batting practice and some good old team bonding.

Like I say the important stuff comes this weekend and there is a meeting next week that I hope everyone can attend, everyone can have a say in what they want the club to be doing, a lot of effort goes in behind the scenes so we can have games like last night, compete in the leagues we do and just be able to turn up on a Tuesday or Saturday and play on the ground that we do, have a good laugh and play some good cricket, so all support and feedback and most importantly help is always appreciated about how we can continue to progress an already good cricket club



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Good win for U11's away to Trowbridge.

Jun 17, 2014

Howards U11's travelled to Trowbridge on Sunday for their next league game and came away with a comprehensive 6 wicket victory.

Trowbridge 84 for 6, Steeple Langford 87 for 4 Ben Howgrave-Graham 39*

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More Rain and Pain for Langford

Jun 16, 2014

Langford continue to have a stop start season during the month of June, both the first two league games of the month were affected in some way by the weather; with the 2nd Team game against Bransgore waterlogged on 7th June and the 1st Team game with Steep cancelled from the overnight storm on  14th June. The games that have been played have both ended in defeat, the 1st team game against Andover on 7th June ended in a crushing result with Andover scoring a healthy 242-7, Langford only managing 114 all out in reply, M and P Knight doing the damage with 94* and 6-29 respectively.

The 2nd team had a close encounter on 14th June on a nice day at the ground with a large crowd as the first team game was called off from overnight storm not distracting Martin Grearson and co from drinking, Langford posted 178 all out, after being 151-4, they lost wickets at the wrong time and both Darren Harvey 31 and Simon Ford 53, (playing his first game since his leg break in December) were in their stride when a run out from Ford and then Ford himself playing round slower ball led to their downfall.  All the bowlers toiled and kept the run rate down, but New Milton youngsters played their shots and rode their luck at times, with Nathan Hill dropping a dolly (that will teach him from drinking on a friday night), Miles and Pieterse all putting down difficult catches to take them through to 180-5, Langford rueing the loss of being 25 runs too short in the end.

The first team will be hosting Petersfield at Harnham on Satrurday with the 2's at Sway, hoping that we can get some momentum and wins under our belt!

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U13's out batted at Redlynch

Jun 13, 2014

The U13's travelled to Redlynch for their next WYCL game on Sunday. They were completely out played with Redlynch scoring 313 for 4 and the combined SLCC/Shrewton team being bowled out for only 26 - room for improvement?


Regards Andy

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U9's have fun day at Burbage festival.

Jun 9, 2014

Many thanks to Dad Kerion Dolphin who managed the U9's at Burbage on Sunday and Liam for organising a team to play.

By all accounts everyone played really good cricket and there was some spectacular fielding and catches during the three games they played. The weather also behaved itself which helps!


Regards Andy Foyle

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Criicket Players survey

Jun 8, 2014

For all cricket players - the national ECB cricket playing survey is now open at National Cricket Players Survey.

It would be appreciated if as many Steeple Langford cricket players could complete - it does help the ECB to understand your needs as players and can influence how they allocate funding for the following years.


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Criicket Players survey

Jun 8, 2014

For all cricket players - the national ECB cricket playing survey is now open at National Cricket Players Survey.

It would be appreciated if as many Steeple Langford cricket players could complete - it does help the ECB to understand your needs as players and can influence how they allocate funding for the following years.


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4th June Colts Session

Jun 4, 2014

Tonight's session is currently on but there are dark clouds lurking so it may rain before 6, check again at 6 where we will make a definitive decision.


Thanks Adam



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4th June Colts Session

Jun 4, 2014

Unfortunately tonight's session is as it has just started raining, hopefully we will get some cricket again soon!


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U13's finally play!

Jun 3, 2014

Having suffered three washouts the U13's finally played a game on Sunday.

They travelled to Marlbrough who batted first and scored 219 for 4. Dispite 31 from Jacques Kinnison and 17 from Louie Davies the SL/Shrewton reply fell well short being bowled out for 89 in 30 overs. Adam tells me he has plenty to work on at coaching this week!

Regards Andy Foyle


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Coaching Session 29th May is OFF

May 28, 2014

Tonights colts coaching session is off due to the wet weather and more rain forecasted for later. Hopefully the weather dries up so we can get some sort of cricket in!

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SLCC lucky ground for Wilts Ladies.

May 28, 2014

Wiltshire Ladies recorded another famous victory against Dorset Ladies at SLCC on Sunday. We appear to have become fortress langford for the Ladies as they have never lost a game here yet.

The investment of extra sheeting for the square ensured the game went ahead and started on time on what turned out to be a very pleasent day for cricket.

Wiltshire scoring 224 for 6(50 overs) with skipper Amore scoring 71. Dorset posted 82 for the first wicket but fell away to 168 all out leaving Wiltshire victors by 56 runs.

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U15's lose at Burbage

May 26, 2014

After such a great start to the season at Calne last week it was a great shame that the half term holidays had to come along and completely de-rail any momentum gained from that victory.

A weakened team including lots of U13's from both clubs travelled to Burbage on Sunday. The only positive to come out of the game was Jacques Kinnison's 4 for 31 in a Burbage total of 278 in 40 overs. The guys were then bowled out for 51 in 31 overs. Looking forward to better availability for the next game on 15th June.

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Positive start for Colts teams in WYCL.

May 19, 2014

The weather finally allowed the colts Wiltshire Youth Cricket League(WYCL) season to get under way.

Howard took SLCC U11's to Devizes on Sunday morning. They restricted Devizes to 92 and chased them down with only the loss of 4 wickets. Well done what a brilliant start to the season.

The joint SLCC/Shrewton U15's made their WYCL debut at Calne in the afternoon. The team was managed by Rob Emm(In Andys absence) and coached by George Plank from Shrewton. Calne scored 150 all out and again we chased the total down in 35 overs with Harry Mould hitting an excellent 74 no. Reporters tell me Henry Davies bowled and fielded very well also.

Regards Andy Foyle

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Mixed fortunes for first league games

May 18, 2014

Steeple Langford 1st XI started their Hampshire League County Division 3 North campaign by travelling to the picturesque Hartley Wintney 2nd XI ground with a depleted team.  On winning the toss, skipper  Andy Bennett put the home side into bat and they progressed to 35 before O’Kelly tried one cut shot too many off Chris Mundy and guided the ball into gully for Bennett to take a comfortable catch. Soon after, Gary Smith then cleaned bowled the number 3 bat and Mundy knocked over the number 4’s stumps to leave Hartley Wintney on 51 for 3. Both opening bowlers went straight through their allotted 10 overs, Mundy finishing with 2 for 40 and Smith, who regularly beat the bat with his accurate swing bowling, was unlucky to only take 1 wicket for the 31 runs conceded. The other opening bat, Porter, meanwhile was grafting away slowly and he was joined by the dangerous Baldwin who for the last 2 seasons was captain of Hartley Wintney’s 1st XI and looked to attack straight from the off. He had soon reached 30 before he pulled a shortish ball from the spin bowling of Adam McNeilly to mid wicket where Adi Hughes took an excellent low catch to end his knock. Porter reached his 50 in the 35th over but was then immediately caught in the deep by Tom Dennis, again off McNeilly’s bowling. The home side’s skipper, Westfoot, rode his luck to start with while at the other end McNeilly picked up his 3rd wicket and Paddy Goodman a couple.  Boston hit a quick 23 and Westfoot ended unbeaten on 56 as Hartley Wintney totalled 223 for 8 after their 45 overs. McNeilly picked up an excellent 3 for 40 from his 10 overs and Goodman 2 for 53 with young Nathan Hill, making his 1st team debut, bowling well at the death and was very unfortunate not to pick up at least 1 wicket, mainly down to the rare occurrance of him and Martin Grearson not opening their mouths when the ball was skied between them, which left Grearson floundering on the ground after attempting to take the catch. However, thanks to good bowling and an excellent fielding display, Steeple Langford were happy with the score set for them to chase with a hard wicket and large outfield.  In reply, openers Mundy and McNeilly started cautiously but looked comfortable against the opening attack before McNeilly (15) played a half-shot and chipped a half volley to mid on with the score on 24. This bought Adi Hughes, who was also making his 1st team debut, to the crease and him and Mundy took the score to 43 before Mundy tickled one to the keeper after scoring 18.  Grearson came in at number 4 and he made his intentions clear from the start by taking the attack to the bowlers and him and Hughes took the score to 83 before Hughes was bowled by the sharp and accurate Baldwin for a patient 11. The visitors then lost a couple of quick wickets including Grearson who holed out in the deep for an excellent 37 of which 30 were scored in boundaries.  By now the run rate had increased to 10 per over and the lack of depth in the batting showed as only Smith offered any resistence with a quickfire 18 and the Steeple Langford innings closed on 129, 94 runs short. Pick of the home team bowlers were Clode 4 for 32 and Harrington 4 for 35. Although disappointed with the result, the match was enjoyable and played in the right spirit and Steeple Langford can take many positives from the day.

Match Report by Andy Bennett

The second's were more successful in their fixture against a strong Nomansland side. Langford batted first on a glorious day, posting 183-8 from their 42 overs, with Ben Hatt (after his notorious no show during the pre season), top scoring with 39 not out alongside E Xtras with 42, Andy Foyle and Dan Bennett also made useful knocks of 28 and 27 respectively.

Nomansland came into bat on what their skipper describe as a decent wicket and lovely location to play cricket but Nomansland struggled from some great bowling by youngsters Liam Harvey 1-15 and Joe McNeilly 2-26, who did a tremendous job for Rob Emm, not fazed by some big hitters in the Nomansland team. Darren Harvey was the pick of the bowling though with a tight spell and regular wickets causing Nomansland to slump to 134 all out, Harvey ending with 4-24 and with Dave Haugh bowling a great spell of leg spin picking up 2-22 this was an excellent victory for Rob Emm's team.

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Rain is the winner

May 12, 2014

So the first week of the cricket season was effectively won by the weather, Tuesday night's game was abandoned halfway through and both of Saturday's games were washed out, which is frustrating as you all wait for the season to start and it is typical that the rain sets in on your first league games, apparently we are due a heat wave though so fingers crossed for that.

This week sees the Tuesday team hosting Shrewton, the 1's visiting Hartley Witney, Nomansland at the ground against the 2nds, the Sunday side visit Chalke Valley and both the Under 15's and Under 11's away to Calne and Devizes respectively.

Hopefully the weather holds up so we can get some games in and get the season off and running!!

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Fixture cards now available

May 1, 2014

2014 fixture cards are now available from Pete behind the bar.

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Pre Season Update

Apr 29, 2014

Cricket Force has been and gone and we are now leading into our final weekend of friendlies before the season begins, weather permitting of course. We had some good support and managed to complete some important jobs over the cricket force weekend, Si Ford managed to pretty much paint himself, Andy Bennett surely does not remember much of the day and of course Andy Foyle was made famous promoting the club on Wiltshire FM, have a listen in dropbox if you missed it, the weather threatened to ruin it but we did finish some well needed jobs such as the sight screens and the net bay as well as getting to work on the square, please continue to support the club in the leading weeks before the season kicks off if you can, any help is always appreciated.

To the cricket, we have managed 2 games so far, both of last weekend's games were rained off and the week before only one game was played against Redlynch. Redlynch posted a commanding 290 off their 40 overs, with old and new players taking wickets, Tom Bennett and new/old comer Alan Stafford taking a couple of wickets too, it was a useful run out for the lads and we only came about 30 runs short in the end with notable contributions from Adam McNeilly and Nick Partridge both passing 50. In the only other game we have managed we lost in a tight game against Andover.

This weekend sees the 1st team heading to South Newton and Calmore visiting the 2s, so it gives everyone a last chance to get some game time in before the season starts on 10th May, hope to see you all at the weekend, if it does not rain of course!!


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Junior section news

Apr 28, 2014
Start of 2014 season washed out!

The first coaching session of 2014 was washed out last wednesday evening. Hopefully we will be able to start this week and catch up with old and new members.

All 3 WYCL teams were due to play at the weekend but waterlogged pitches put an end to that dream very early on. The U13's & 15's still awaiting their debut in the WYCL.

Next weekends games are:-

U11 - Sun 4th May - No game

U13 - Sun 4th May- South Wilts at Shrewton.

U15 - Sun 4th May - No game.

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Junior section news

Apr 23, 2014
Coaching evening

Coaching is off tonight Wed 23rd April due to the rain.

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Easy Fundraising

Apr 8, 2014

As many of you will already know, a new project called the Langford Vision is underway. For those of you that might not be aware, the project aims to provide a new community and sports centre, whilst also providing an affordable housing scheme for the benefit of the local community. Also included in the development, will be a second cricket pitch to accommodate county matches, replacement net bays and tennis courts, plus the relocation of the football pitch.  For more information on the Langford Vision visit: and

 It is still early days, but the need for fundraising is now paramount and Steeple Langford CC is keen to do its bit towards the project. The more we can raise ourselves, the better our credibility will be when asking for grants towards this development.

There's an easy way for us all to raise funds:
Turn your online shopping into donations for Steeple Langford CC!
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It's a really simple process, all you have to do is:
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When you're asked to choose your cause, select Steeple Langford CC.
Get shopping - it couldn't be easier!

Easyfundraising has already raised over £5 million for over 50,000 good causes across the UK. So what are you waiting for? Head to to fundraise for Steeple Langford CC now. Already registered? Spread the word to family and friends to let them know just how easy it is!
***Even better, you can still use voucher codes and existing offers as normal***

Many thanks, Cathy Smith

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Cricket Force - THIS WEEKEND!!

Apr 2, 2014


Just a gentle reminder to all that cricket force is this weekend 5th/6th April, please could everyone make an effort to get over to the club at somepoint and help out.

There are lots of things to do and in order to be ready for the new season any help will go a long way.

I am sure there will be banter and food provided for the helpers, so get on down to the ground and have a go on Pete's Mower or cover Andy Foyle in paint!!

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Blind Doubles Darts

Feb 21, 2014
7.30pm 8th March 2014

£5 entry fee

Prize to winning team 

Hot dog and chips - included in entry fee


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Election of Officers for 2014

Feb 3, 2014

The club AGM took place last week and the following people were elected into roles for the 2014 season, please could we continue to support them in achieving our goal of helping maintaining the promotion, growth and improvement of the club as it aims to make 2014 another successful season.

President - David Henderson    

Vice Presidents - All elected en masse as previous

Chairman, Fixture Secretary and Management Trustee Representative - Andy Foyle      

Vice Chairman and Secretary - Andy Bennett

Treasury - Howard Smith

Groundsperson and Membership Secretary - Pete Dennis

Club Captain/1st XI Captain - Andy Bennett

2nd Team Captain - Rob Emm

Sunday Captain - Luke Stephens

Tues Night Captain - Tom Bennett

Committee Members - Nigel Mundy, Nick Mundy and Adam McNeilly

Junior Coordinator - Howard Smith, alongside Andy Foyle

Club Welfare Officer - Sandy McNeilly

Club Develoment Officer - John McNeilly

Health and Safety Officer -  Alistair Barrett

Publicity/Press Officer - Simon Ford

Fundraising Committee - Tom Bennett, Sandy McNeilly, Dave Muscrop, Cathy Smith and Liam Burnell


Upcoming events and annoucements will be updated shortly so bear with us!!




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Nets and training

Jan 27, 2014

The season is not too far away and work has been done in the background to get us ready and prepared for 2014. It has been agreed that we will run regular Thursday night training throughout the season and warm up fixtures are close to being finalised.

To get us ready, net sessions have been booked at Sarum Academy, running from 4.30-5.30 on the following dates:

9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th March

All are welcome so please spread the word and let's all make an effort so that we get a good attendances at these (myself included!!).


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2014 Hampshire League Fixtures

Jan 9, 2014

The website has been updated with the fixtures for both 1st and 2nd XI for the new season, please use the links to see where and who we will be playing against this season. Here's to a successful 2014!!

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Annual General Meeting

Dec 26, 2013

Wednesday 22nd of January 2014 at 8pm

Come along support the club and help shape the clubs future

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Presentation night

Sep 28, 2013
5th October 2013, 7.30pm - 11.30pm

It's only a week away - please don't forget to come and pick up your tickets.

For full details see previous news article or give me a ring

Sandy - 07725 625324

PS Dont for get to return your raffle ticket stubbs ASAP

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Fancy Dress proves a winner!

Sep 8, 2013

Steeple Langford bought a curtain down on their season with a fancy dress T20 in order to raise money for the charity, Cricket Without Boundaries, with whom club member, Liam Burnell, is travelling out to Rwanda with later this month. The trip will focus around coaching cricket to young people in throughout the country, with everything being focused on increasing the awareness of HIV within the country.

Earlier in the day, the club hosted their colt’s presentations, before players donned their best costumes as they took to the field as an assortment of characters, ranging from ballet dancers to football referees. With the season done and dusted, players took the opportunity to let their hair down, as Andy Bennett's side took to the field! Gary Smith proved you could bat with a shovel, 150 was set as the victory target within the allotted 20 overs. However, with light closing in, an Aleem Dar styled light reading meant the players were taken off towards the bar to celebrate into the evening. Leaving Bennett stranded in the middle, and his parasol rendered useless!

The evening raised £213.60 for the Cricket Without Boundaries Trust, thanks to a magnificent BBQ, supplied by the fine team of Sandy McNeilly and Sarah Partridge, donations and wristband sales.


The trip to Rwanda can be followed on the CWB blog:

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Oh so close for 1st XI

Sep 2, 2013

Our 1st XI ended their season with a victory as they defeated Hurstbourne Priors on home turf. Andy Bennett's side bowled the visitors out for 130, but it wasn't all plain sailing in reply, as the Langford reply stuttered over the line, as they claimed victory by 3 wickets. However, the result wasn't quite enough to push Langford into a top 3 finish, and thus gain promotion.

The 2nds didn't finish quite as well, as they were defeated by Winterbourne in their final game of the season. Langford posted 186-9 from their 42 overs, Si Ford top scoring with 59. However, it wasn't enough, as Winterbourne ran out winners with 5 wickets in hand. Despite this, the result means we finished a credible 13th in our first season at Regional Division 2 Season.


However, the season doesn't finish there! We have many events coming up, including a fancy dress cricket match, beer festival and presentation night. Keep your eyes peeled for details.

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Colts Fun Day and Presentation

Aug 19, 2013
Saturday 7th of September 2013 1pm

We propose to hold a Colts end of season fun day on Saturday 7th Sept for the U9, 11,and 13's followed by some presentations.

The club recognises the hard work and the enthusisam shown by all the junior members during the season and felt this is an ideal way to reward them.

The suggestion is we pick mixed teams of U9, 11 & 13's call them England, Australia, West Indies etc and play a round robin kwik cricket competition with the U15's as team managers. Would like to start at 1 o'clock and depending on numbers should be finishing around 4:30 - 5 ish. There will be a BBQ going all afternoon same as wednesday evenings so pleanty of food and drink about.


Can I ask for replies please to give us an indication of numbers.

Any other questions don't hesitate to contact me.


Regards Andy Foyle

SLCC Chairman & Junior admin

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Club 20/20 Rwanda Fundraiser (liam Burnell)

Aug 19, 2013
Saturday 7th of September 2013 5pm

Fund raising for Liam Burnells Rwanda Trip

The match will follow the Colts Presentation afternoon. A 5pm start, and the only rules are that NO ONE is allowed to wear cricket whites! Fancy dress is encouraged, the whackier the better!

A small donation to play. The BBQ will be going and it should be a really good evening!

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Tuesday night Cup Final

Aug 11, 2013
Tuesday 13th August 2013

Come along to support out Tuesday night team in the Cup Final on Tuesday 13th of August, against Shrewton.

Start time 6pm


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Presentation Night

Aug 11, 2013
5th October 2013, 7.30pm

Come along to our presentaion night at the Club to celebrate the highlight from the season


Freshly Carved Hog Roast with all the Trimmings

Roast Mediterranean Slice (V)

Hot New Potatoes (V)

Mixed Salad (V)

Home Made Coleslaw (V)

Cous Cous with a Mediterranean Twist (V)

Selection of Breads, Sauces & Dressings

Fresh Fruit Salad

Selection of Gateaux & Cheese Cake


£15 per person, £40 family ticket 2 adults 2 children (under16) Tickets now available from the Club

Please purchase your tickets before 28th September for catering purposes - Many thanks

Disco until 11.30pm

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Extra Colts Training Session tonight

Jul 3, 2013

Don't forget we have an extra session tonight as we had some wet weather during the 10 weeks of Colt training. It looks like we will have some sunshine too. 

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Quiz & Curry Night

Jun 27, 2013

Saturday 13th July 8.30pm at the club

£7.50 per head

Max number per team is 5

No smart phones, ipads etc to be used

Quiz masters Liam & Jess

Prize for winning team

Please let me know numbers by 9th July - email or text to 625324

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Hampshire V Surrey 40 over Day/Night game

Jun 27, 2013

Thursday 15th of August 2013 at Ageas Bowl Southampton

Game starts at 16.40 finishes 22.25

Are you interested in joining us for the game?

Cost will depend on transport costs etc and numbers going

Please contact me ASAP so we can finalise the details - or txt 07725 625324

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Colts session 8th May 2013

May 8, 2013

Tonights Colts coaching session is OFF due to wet weather.

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Match report/results.

Apr 29, 2013
Sat 27th April.

Both teams experianced grass wickets for the first time this season along with hale stones and rain!


The first XI only managed 117 all out against Heytesbury & SV 1st XI. With Heytesbury on 21 for 1 the weather won and everyone retired to the bar!


The 2nd XI travelled to Heytesbury for their fixture and managed 153 for 7 on a very slow wicket and outfield. Tucker Thompson 37* and Jay Short 33.

After an enormus tea Langford found wickets hard to come by and after several stoppages for rain the ball had become the classic "bar of soap". Thankfully it was finally lost in the undergrowth and a new dryer one found. This and the introduction of Charlie Burroughs 5 for 23 changed the game, add in a wonder catch by boundry rider Jay Short and the game turned Langfords way Heytesbury finally falling short at 138 for 10.  

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New Club Shirts now available.

Apr 29, 2013
Club kit website

The  club shirt with new sponsors name is now available to order along with other playing and casual clothes please visit the clubs kit website at -

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Match reports/results.

Apr 22, 2013
Sat 20th & Sun 21st April.

It finally stayed dry long enough to invite Redlynch & Hale to turn up on Saturday although the game was played on the artificial. No details available at this time apart from Martin Grearson scored a 100 SL topped 200 and bowled R & H out for 180 ish.


On Sunday the 2nd XI entertained Hyth & Dibden again on the artificial. Against accurate bowling no one looked comfortable although there were 5 double figure scores in a total of 158 for 10 Luke Stevens top scoring with 32*. All 6 bowlers toiled away after tea with little reward but still took the game to the last ball. The winning run being scored by ex Steeple Langford player Pete Stevens. 


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Cricket Force Weekend.

Apr 15, 2013
Chairmans thankyou.

I would like to say thankyou to everyone who turned up last weekend and joined in the Fun!
The weather was kind to us and nearly all jobs were completed as planned. To give you an idea here is John list of completed jobs................

Repaired drive
Refurbished ladies toilet (new cistern and paint)
Painted visitor changing room
Washed and cleaned home changing room
Put trophies out on shelves (required moving of two notice boards)
Mounted tv on wall
Removed corner cabinet to give more seating space
Cleaned kitchen
Cleaned all new seats and moved them to cow shed
Painted one of the benches
Removed fencing and plants to give more parking space
Cleaned and pruced up nets
Put out nets
Cleaned scorers hut
Cleared back of club of old bottles
Tidied up hedge in parking area
Cleaned toilets and walkway to changing rooms
Hoovered club house
Installed blinds in club house
And work on the square

I must say a special thankyou to our development officer John McNeilly for organising the whole event so well and making it a success and of course as we know behind every successful man is an equally successful woman in Johns case Sandy who kept us fed and watered all weekend!

Many thanks again Andy - Chairman.

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New Shirt Sponsor for 2013 Season.

Apr 15, 2013

After weeks of activity behind the scenes by Dave Moscrop and others we can announce that the new shirt sponsor for 2013 onwards is Chris Donohue & Co chartered Accountants from Fisherton Street in Salisbury. Chris was a new sponsor last season with a banner on the ground and has now agreed a three year deal for his name to now appear on our shirts as well.

If you are in need of any accountancy services then please contact Chris and make sure you mention  SLCC!

Liam Burnell is working hard with Serious cricket to get the shirt onto the website at the moment. We will let you all know when they are available to order.

With the season fast approaching this is probably a good time to remind everyone adult and junior members about the clubs kit website. There is now a full range of clothing available please take a look.

The link is it is also shown on our homepage.

 New Shirt Sponsor

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Match report/results.

Apr 12, 2013
Sat 13th April v Andover XI

Match called of Friday afternoon due to the weather, hoping for better weather next weekend!

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Mar 30, 2013


Don't forget that next weekend (6 and 7 April) is Cricket Force Weekend. Can all volunteers be at the club by 0930 Saturday to get started on some of the big jobs we want to complete this year.

Can volunteers email me ( their availability, so I can finalise the plans.




Development Officer


2012 Presentation Evening

Feb 27, 2013

Transport information for Saturday night presentation evening 2nd March.
1st pick up 6.45pm One Stop Shop Harnham
2nd - 6.50pm Lotus Garage Newbridge Road
3rd - 6.55pm Wilton Rd bus stop opposite Police station
4th - 7pm Wilton (bus stop just before roundabout A36)
5th - 7.10pm South Newton - Opposite Speed Camera
6th - 7.15pm - Pelican
7th - 7.25 Steeple Langford back to Pelican
These times are a rough estimate, please be at designated points in plenty of time.
Cost £4 per adult (round trip) Please pay Pete as you enter the coach.

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SLCC Club Officers and volunteers for 2013 Season.

Jan 29, 2013

The following officers and volunteers were duly elected at the recent AGM for the 2013 season.

Can I ask all club members to give them all their full support during the coming season.

Regards Andy

President- David Henderson

Chairman- Andrew Foyle

Vice Chairman– Luke Stephens

Secretary—Morgan Phillips

Club Welfare Officer - Sandy McNeilly

Deputy Welfare Officer-Sam Shutler

Treasurer -Helen Burnell

Fixture Secretary– Andrew Foyle

Saturday 1st XI Captain– Andy Bennett

Saturday 2nd XI Captain– Rob Emm

Sunday Captain — Luke Stephens

Tuesday Captain– Simon Ford

Membership Secretary—Sam Shutler

Groundsmen- Pete Dennis, Dave Moscrop, Andrew Foyle.

Committee Members–  Adam McNeilly, Nigel Mundy, Tom Bennett

Junior Co-ordinator—Howard Smith

Junior Admin—Andrew Foyle

Development Officer—John McNeilly

Publicity Officers—Sam Shutler & Cathy Smith

Health & Safety Officer—Pete Dennis

Colts Parents Rep– TBC

Management Trustee Rep– Andy Foyle

Fundraising/Social Committee—Dave Moscrop, Sandy McNeilly, Liam Burnell, Cathy Smith, Tom Bennett

100 Club Organiser—Rob Emm


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2012 Season Presentation Evening

Jan 26, 2013

The social committee are delighted to announce that the clubs annual presentation night will take place on Saturday 2nd March 2013 
at the Pelican Inn, Stapleford. The night will kick off at 7.30pm and will include a hot buffet and a disco all for the bargain price of just £10!
If you would like to attend please return the attached invite to the address provided, with monies by FRIDAY 15 FEBRUARY.
The night promises to be a wonderful occasion to look back at the 2012 season where both sides achieved promotion once again!

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Pre-season nets - Dates and times confirmed.

Jan 16, 2013

Thanks to Simon Ford for arranging the pre-season nets. These will again be held at Chafyn Grove School in Salisbury on the following dates:-

Sunday 10th March - 5pm to 7pm

Sunday 17th March - 5pm to 7pm

Sunday 24th March - 6.30 to 8.30pm

Sunday 31st March - 6.30 to 8.30pm

Please make every effort to attend and spread the word to potential new players and encourage them to attend and meet us. These net sessions are open to both adult and older junior players.

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Dec 27, 2012

Please note that the 2012 Annual General Meeting will take place at 2000 on 9 January at the Club.

Please make all efforts to attend.

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Report on the players meeting held on Monday 10th December at the Club.

Dec 23, 2012

A big thank you to the 20 players and officials who attended and helped turn this into another successful players meeting.

Several very positive steps forward regarding next season were made on the night namely finding people prepared to stand as captains for all four adult teams (Subject to ratification at AGM).


These being:-

1st XI - Andy Bennett

2nd XI - Rob Emm

Sunday XI - Luke Stephens

Tuesday XI - Simon Ford


Besides these very important posts the club also needs volunteers to help with fundraising and social events, the junior section needs reinforcements and a new press/publicity Officer if you are prepared to help in any of these roles then please get back to me.


Can I remind you that the AGM is on Wed 9th January at the club start 20:00. Please make every effort to attend.


Regards Andy

Chairman SLCC





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Players meeting Wed 10th December at the Club 8:00 start.

Nov 28, 2012

Following on from a very open and positive 1st players meeting held on Mon 22nd October you are all invited to another on Monday 10th December at the club 8:00 start.

This is to discuss all things cricket but in a less formal atmosphere to that of an AGM. The meeting will not be run by main committee members but by the players Tom Dennis I believe.

It is a chance for you players to discuss and agree who will captain or manage the teams next season along with selection policys, practice nights, social events, fixtures, new kit, sponsorship etc. etc. the list is endless it’s an open agenda on the night.

The main committee feel it is time the players stepped up and told them what they want the club to do going forward regarding all cricket matters not just leave it to them. We believe the players need to become more proactive in the running of the club as the feeling within the main committee regarding last season was one of a lack of support from the players?    

Please make every effort to attend this important meeting as I believe 2013 could be a defining season for SLLC - Both Saturday teams have again been promoted, the Sunday team struggled for players last year which has to be addressed there has been a decline in membership of the colts section and we are also unable to keep hold of the older colts who go off to other teams in the area, these are all areas of concern and need addressing.

NOTE: Special offer on the night - Beer £2 a pint!!

Regards Andy Foyle
Chairman SLCC

NOTE: The AGM has been moved out to accommodate this meeting and will be held on Wed 9th Jan at the Club 8:00 start.

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Sep 30, 2012

The committee would like to thank Mr Brain, who won second prize in our grand prize draw, for his generous offer of returing his prize money to the club as a recognition of the efforts of all the volunteers that any club requires to run successfully!


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Committee Meeting

Sep 30, 2012

A reminder to all committee members that there is a committee meeting at the club, this Wednesday at 2000 - the meeting is to review the season and to develop plans for next year.


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Steeple Langford CC Grand Prize Draw Results

Sep 17, 2012

We are please to announce the winners in the Steeple Langford Cricket Club Grand Prize Draw:

1st Prize - £250 goes to Mr J MacDonald (ticket 0443)

2nd Prize - £150 goes to Mr S Brain (ticket 0467)

3rd Prize - £75 goes to Mr J Woodward (ticket 1612)

Congratulations to all winners and the committee's thanks for all who sold tickets, especially Emma who sold over £200 all on her own!!


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Sep 8, 2012

NOTE: the 2012 Presentation evening is CANCELLED. Please speak to a committee member for more details


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Raffle Draw

Sep 8, 2012

NOTE: the Raffle draw will now take place on Sunday 16 September


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Raffle Draw

Sep 8, 2012

ALL Raffle Tickets are to be returned, with money by Monday 10 September to either the club or a representative of the social committee.

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Tuesday League Results summary

Jul 29, 2012
Tuesday results

05/07/12 Cup vs Boscombe Down

SL 144-6 N Mundy 29, G Smith 26
BD 145-5 C Mundy 2-33

24/07/12 vs South Newton

SL 133-7 S Ford 34, N Mundy 19*
SN 71AO S Ford 6-14, D Harvey 2-25

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QUIZ and BBQ Nite

Jul 15, 2012

The Quiz and BBQ night is confirmed as 4th Aug. Entry is £10 a team - 5 a team max. We would like to get as many colts, parents and all members there, so please spread the word!

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Weekend Washout - Wk 10

Jul 9, 2012

Both Hampshire League sides were victims of the weather this weekend as both games saw no play able to take place due to the deluge on Saturday. With no games taking place in either league, the 2nd XI remain 3rd, meanwhile the 1st team stay 7th.

This weekend the 1st XI will hopefully get back in action away at Hursley Park III, whilst Langford’s II look to host Hursley Park’s IV.

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Win Against the Wot Noers

Jul 9, 2012

Whilst Saturday was a washout, the Sunday XI did manage to get a game in against Wot Noers, our annual friendly against out Ball Sponsor’s XI, What No Safety!

They made no account for lost matches over the weekend though, beating the visitors quite comfortably.

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Langford’s Torchbearer - Part 1

Jul 9, 2012

Steeple Langford will have their very own Olympic Torchbearer on Thursday as the flame travels from Salisbury down to Weymouth.

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Langford’s Torchbearer - Part 2

Jul 9, 2012

2nd XI player and committee member, Liam Burnell, will carry the torch through Blandford Forum from Milldown Road, on to Park Road.

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Langford’s Torchbearer - Part 3

Jul 9, 2012

The 17 year old was chosen due to his work in the community and would love people to cheer him on during his leg, which will happen at around 11am on Thursday.

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1st Results - Week 9

Jul 2, 2012

Steeple Langford suffered a very frustrating day on Saturday as they hosted Old Alresford in RD1N.

After being forced to field first, it was a nightmare day for all bowlers as the away side piled on the runs, as they put on 291-1 off their 42 overs. Waters (84), Roberts (79) and Worsorp (115) all making runs for the visitors.

However, the runs weren’t to continue as the home side faced a sharp bowling attack, as they only made 179-9 off their 42 overs, meaning they fell to their 3rd successive defeat.

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2nd Results - Week 9

Jul 2, 2012

Steeple Langford II fared much better as they travelled to Winchester to face Sparsholt III. After winning the toss and batting first, they made 151, with Tom Stobbs top scoring with 38. This didn’t look to be enough as Sparsholt looked solid, making their way to 95-3. Langford’s bowling attack soon turned it on though, claiming the last 7 wickets for just 32 runs. Adam McNeilly did most the damage with figures of 4-37, with good support from Tom Dhanji (3-27) and Adam Dhanji (2-24), helping the visitors to a 6th straight win.

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1st and 2nd Results - Week 8

Jun 25, 2012

Steeple Langford suffered their 2nd defeat on the bounce on Saturday, as they went down to the hands of Donnington.

After batting first, Langford set a total of 207-9, with Tom Bennett (67) and Martin Grearson (55) both hitting fifties for the visitors. However, after having their opponents reeling, a last wicket stand took Donnington over the line to claim victory with 7 balls to spare.

Langford’s 2nd XI dealt better as they hosted Trojans III. Langford started well, scoring quick runs, but were quickly pulled back by the young Trojans bowling attack. The hosts finished their innings on 194-8, 6 runs short of maximum batting points. However, this proved to be enough, as Langford restricted the visitors to just 101, Anish Joshi scoring 62 not out, in reply. Si Ford taking 4-30 and Chris Miles 4-24 for the hosts.

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Fixture Card Printing Error

Jun 21, 2012
Print Error


Please note that the blue fixture cards printed for this year have an error on them. The Presentation night is not as printed, but is on 22nd September at the same place - Castle Street Social Club.




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1st and 2nd Results - Week 7

Jun 18, 2012

Despite a very wet Saturday afternoon, Steeple Langford saw both their sides in action, with contrasting fortunes.

The 1st XI travelled to Burghclere in pursuit of keeping their 100% record going. After fielding first, they were able to restrict the hosts to 193, with Luke Stevens taking 5-50. B Lawrence and S Tinder both hit fifties for the hosts.

With rain interruptions taking place, Langford were set a revised target from 36 overs. However, they were unable to make the most of a good position, having needed 21 off the last 5 overs, as they were bowled out for 157, taking 10 points from the game.

The 2nd team had contrasting fortunes against Great Durnford, as they won the toss and batted first. They got off to a solid start thanks to Charlie Burrows (38) and after a couple of rain delays and an early tea, they managed to finish their innings strongly, with Jay Short hitting 87, well supported by Ben Hatt (45) to get the home side up to 233.

In reply, Great Durnford got off to a poor start in their chase of a revised target (172 off 26 overs), as Chris Miles (2-20) carried on where he left off from last week, taking 2 wickets in his first over. However, they managed to keep up with the rate for the first few overs, before a steady flow of wickets saw them fall behind the rate. Wickets for Adam Dhanji (2-20) and Ben Hatt (2-6) brought the innings to a close, as Great Durnford were bowled out for 118, well below their target.


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Tuesday League Results 12 June 2012

Jun 17, 2012
Tuesday results

Latest Tuesday league results:


vs Berwick

Steeple Langford 147-5     G Smith 50*, N Mundy 37
Berwick 136-9         M Thompson 2-18, D Harvey 2-24

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Tuesday League Results 07 June 2012

Jun 17, 2012
Tuesday results

The Tuesday game scheduled for 05 June 2012 was postponed to Thursday 07 June 2012 due to the extended weekend to celebrate the Jubilee.


However, come Thursday, the game was called off due to the unseasonal rain that we have been plagued with for the last couple of months.

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Sponsorship Page

Jun 15, 2012

Please note that the sponsorship and links page is being updated so you might see some non-standard layout and it might not look right.


It should be completed updating by the end of this weekend (weekend of 16 and 17 June)



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1st and 2nd Results - Week 6

Jun 11, 2012

After the abandonment of the 1st XI’s game due to an unfit pitch, it was left to the 2nd XI to fly the flag for Steeple Langford over the weekend.

Having been put into bat by Whiteparish II, they made slow early progress, only making 29 before drinks after 21 overs. However, the run rate was picked up, but it was at the cost of steady wickets and the visitors were eventually bowled out for 87, thanks to 23* from Ben Hatch. Ben Wilkinson took 5-20 off his 8.1 overs for Whiteparish.

With only a small total to defend, Langford got off to the perfect start as Mark Thompson removed the hosts opener with his first ball. The trend was to continue throughout, with Chris Miles joining in on the act as he took 6 wickets for just 1 run, including 5 maidens in a mesmerising spell of bowling. Mark Thompson finished the innings as it had been started only 12 overs in as he took his 4th wicket to dismiss Whiteparish for only 22 runs and to come out on top in an unlikely defence of a very low score.

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1st Results - Week 5

Jun 9, 2012
1st Results

Steeple Langford continued their good start to the season with a win over Hobo thanks to a brilliant 106 by Tom Bennett.

After a poor day in the field, which included 6 dropped catches, Langford were set 233 in reply, after a good knock from Giften (94). They were able to do this comfortably with 6 wickets in hand to retain an unbeaten start to the season.

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2nd Results - Week 5

Jun 9, 2012
2nd Results

Steeple Langford’s II had a close call as they took on Bramshaw III. After being put into bat, Steeple Langford got off to a slow start, but a good partnership from Andy Foyle (39) and Adam McNeilly (42) put them in a commanding position. A cameo from Tom Stobbs (21) helped to add to the total, but a flurry of wickets meant Langford finished on 175-9.

In their reply, Bramshaw didn’t get off to a great start, losing early wickets. Despite this set back, they fought back hard, setting themselves up at 120-3. However, John Wall (45) holed out to Jay Short, swinging the game back in Langford’s favour and a beautiful spell from Adam McNeilly (3-30) put Langford firmly in command. Although Bramshaw weren’t done there, as Phil Curl (36) took Bramshaw to within 10 runs before he was bowled by Mark Thompson (4-38). This left Langford to clean up the tail and win the game by 9 runs.

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Sunday Manager

Jun 9, 2012


Please note that the mobile number for the Sunday Manager (Jon Hill) was incorrect. It has been corrected.

Apologies for any inconvenience.



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Fixture Cards - 2012

Jun 9, 2012
fixture cards


The 2012 fixture cards are now available and I will drop them off to the Club 10 June 2012.





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Results - Week 4.

Jun 1, 2012

Steeple Langford 1st's continued a good start to the season on Saturday with a win over Chawton. The visitors batted first, scoring 230-9, thanks to half centuries from J. Channon (78) and J. Harvey (72*). Andy Bennett was the stand out bowler for Steeple Langford, taking 5-52, helping to restrict the visitors to under 250.

Langford got off to a steady start in their chase, setting a solid base at 80-2 off of 20 overs. However, Si Ford was the man of the moment, as he hit an unbeaten 112 to see the hosts home for the loss of only 3 wickets. He was well supported by fellow batsman Martin Grearson, who hit his second consecutive 50.

Steeple Langford II also ran out victorious, overcoming a disappointing defeat last week, against Thruxton thanks to a cracking bowling display. After only setting 114 after winning the toss, backs looked to be against the wall. However, a good 9th wicket partnership from Mark Thompson (30*) & Trev Thompson, took the target over 100, giving the away side something to defend.

Langford didn’t get off to the best of starts after tea, with only 1 wicket coming from the opening bowlers, and it took changes from both ends to start the rot. Mark Thompson (4-12), which included a superb caught and bowled, and Tom Dhanji (3-10) swung the game in Langford’s favour in a tremendous 14 overs, which also saw a smart run out, left the Thruxton reeling at 62-9. A brave last wicket partnership took the home side to 75, before Adam Dhanji (2-19) took the final wicket to secure the win for Langford’s 2nd XI.

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Tuesday League Results summary

Jun 1, 2012

22/05/12 vs New Inn

New Inn - 174-9		L Stephens 3-10, S Ford 2-29
Langford - 155-7		N Mundy 51*, C Mundy 26*

15/05/12 vs Shrewton

Shrewton - 153 all out	S Ford 3-31, 
Langford - 112 all out	N Mundy 23, C Mundy 22

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Web site Update

May 28, 2012


The update to the website back end has been completed, enabling us to update on a more regular basis!

Please email me ( if there is any information that you think is out of date, or if you have changed any contact details and I will update as soon as possible.

We will be adding extra details as the season progresses - if you have an idea or suggestion, then please don't hesitate to let one of the committee know!




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Updated Web Back End Complete

May 28, 2012


The update to the website back end has been completed, enabling us to update on a more regular basis!

Please email me ( if there is any information that you think is out of date, or if you have changed any contact details and I will update as soon as possible.

We will be adding extra details as the season progresses - if you have an idea or suggestion, then please don't hesitate to let one of the committee know!



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1st and 2nd Results - Weekend of 26/27 May 2012

May 28, 2012
results 26/27 May 2012

Steeple Langford continued a good start to the season on Saturday with a win over Chawton. The visitors batted first, scoring 230-9, thanks to half centuries from J. Channon (78) and J. Harvey (72*). Andy Bennett was the stand out bowler for Steeple Langford, taking 5-52, helping to restrict the visitors to under 250.

Langford got off to a steady start in their chase, setting a solid base at 80-2 off of 20 overs. However, Si Ford was the man of the moment, as he hit an unbeaten 112 to see the hosts home for the loss of only 3 wickets. He was well supported by fellow batsman Martin Grearson, who hit his second consecutive 50.

Steeple Langford II also ran out victorious, overcoming a disappointing defeat last week, against Thruxton thanks to a cracking bowling display. After only setting 114 after winning the toss, backs looked to be against the wall. However, a good 9th wicket partnership from Mark Thompson (30*) & Trev Thompson, took the target over 100, giving the away side something to defend.

Langford didn’t get off to the best of starts after tea, with only 1 wicket coming from the opening bowlers, and it took changes from both ends to start the rot. Mark Thompson (4-12), which included a superb caught and bowled, and Tom Dhanji (3-10) swung the game in Langford’s favour in a tremendous 14 overs, which also saw a smart run out, left the Thruxton reeling at 62-9. A brave last wicket partnership took the home side to 75, before Adam Dhanji (2-19) took the final wicket to secure the win for Langford’s 2nd XI.

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2012 Fixtures

Apr 20, 2012
4th April 2012

The fixtures for 2012 have been added, please take a look. After a very successful 2011, lets hope 2012 can be equally as good!

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Pre Season Social - Curry and Quiz

Jan 1, 2011
Friday 9th April 2010

Come and join us on Friday 9th April for our pre-season social at the Cricket Club. Teams can have a maximum of 4 players - please complete registration form. Sign up early to avoid dissapointment.
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Breaking News - New shirt sponsor

Jan 1, 2011
20th March 2010

We are pleased to announce that we have recently secured a new shirt sponsor - GoGoDigital. Many thanks go to Liam Burnell who instigated and secured this deal and to owner Damien Swift of GoGoDigital.

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1st's continue winning ways

Jan 1, 2011

On Sat 31st the 1st XI travelled to Michelmersh and Timsbury II and were made to work hard for their win. Batting first they scored 274 for 8 with captain Tom Dennis leading the way with 74.In reply M and T got within 15 runs thanks to a quick fire 50 in the middle order but Langford continued to take wickets at the right times thanks to Phil Tompkins 2-23 and Luke Stevens 2-35. Sat 7th Aug saw Wilton as the visitors. Langford scoring 264 for 4 with what must be a club record opening stand of 218 between Stuart Partridge 118 and Nick Mundy 68. Wilton were skittled for 109 by Luke Stevens who took 6 for 41 including a hatrick(Another tie to buy!)
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Back to back wins for the 2nd's

Jan 1, 2011

Sat 31st turned out to be the father and son show as Clive Perry 158 and son Sam 59 piled on the runs against Alderholt. The 2nd's closing on 320 for 4 which must be another record for the club. Alderholt top order had no answer to Patrick Goodmans pace who took 4 for 18 all cleaned bowled and the skipper mopped up the tail with 2 for 23. Alderholt all out 131. Sat 7th Aug say the 2nds away to Easton and Martyrworthy III at Cheriton. Put into bat on a damp wicket and slow outfield Langford made 177 for 6 thanks to Charlie Burroughs 57, Andy Foyle 30 and some good running in the closing overs from the Thompson family Tucker and Mark. E and MW got close thanks mainly to the extra six overs bowled due to wides and no balls but the bowlers nerve held and their innings finally closed on 172 for 8. Both Nick Fiddy and Nick Partridge took 3 for 20.
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Tuesday Evening League finals night

Jan 1, 2011

Despite heavy rain which came in just on the start time the KO cup final between Fovant and Shrewton was played thanks to the new covers!(Reduced to 15 overs each) Fovant run out winners by 9 wickets - Shrewton 70 ao Fovant 71 for 1. Man of the match was Rob Pitman of Fovant with 3 wickets and 24 no. Losing the KO final was soon forgotten as Shrewton were presented with their league winners medals. James Haggaty received the batting award for best batting average in 2010 season.
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Saturday Washout

Jan 1, 2011
15th August 2010

Both Hampshire League sides were unable to complete their fixtures yesterday due to the shocking weather we had. This means the 1st XI now need 10 points from their remaining 2 games to wrap up the title whilst Longford Park need maximum points to ensure this. Meanwhile, the 2nd XI could still gain promotion as they now sit third in the table. They have a crunch game against Overton II next week who they have to beat convincingly to leap frog them in the table.
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Hampshire Trip Success

Jan 1, 2011
20th August 2010

The trip to the Rose Bowl went ahead as planned on Tuesday despite weather concerns. The game was affected by rain, but it soon cleard to allow for an entertaining game in which Hampshire won by 2 wickets. We hope all who went enjoyed themselves and have dryed out by Saturday...and before you ask - yes we did see you on the TV!
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Green Token Total

Jan 1, 2011
20th August 2010

We'd like to thank all those that put their green tokens in our box last month. Thanks to everyone's efforts we have earnt £220 from Waitrose. Well done everyone!
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Only 10 Points Away...

Jan 1, 2011
20th August 2010

Only 10 more points are needed by our first team to complete the hard work for the season and win their current league. However, if a game is not possible tomorrow due to the weather - the title will also be confirmed no matter what any other team does in the league!
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1st XI Claim Title!

Jan 1, 2011
24th August 2010

Th 1st XI confirmed top spot in Regional North West Division 3 on Saturday as their game against Redlynch + Hale II was cancelled due to rain. It means they remain still unbeaten and have bounced back from last seasons relegation at first time of action. The 2nd XI suffered opposite fortunes as their promotion hopes were smashed as they were defeated by Overton II.
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Wiltshire Game This Sunday

Jan 1, 2011
3rd September 2010

Wiltshire's women side will be gracing the Rec when they take on Gloucestershire on Sunday. The game is an ECB County Championship 50 over game and will begin at 11am.
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11th Annual Beer festival

Jan 1, 2011
Please come and support us

The 11th annual Beer festival will take place next weekend Friday 17th and Saturday 18th on the playing field. The Sessions are Friday from 7 to 11 pm, Saturday 12 to 4 and 7 to 11.All proceeds go towards the new community centre building project. Tickets are on sale at the pavillion ring Pete Dennis on 07769 674197 to reserve yours. For more information go to you will find the link on our sponsors/link page.
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100 Club Winners - Sept + Oct 2010

Jan 1, 2011
13th September 2010

The following people have won prizes for the 100 club over the past two months: September 2010: 1) A. Woodman 2) S. Lloyd 3) C. Tollast 4) D. Compton-Dart October 2010: 1) C. Burnell 2) J. Middleton 3) A. + A. Judd 4) R. Salt See the 100 club page for more information...
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SADICA Fixtures Revealed

Jan 1, 2011
25th September 2010

Fixtures for this years SADICA league are now available via the website. This year we have 2 adult teams who are both to play in Division 3. They will compete alongside Redlynch + Hale C, Breamore C, Hampton Park and Porton. The two sides will play each other in their opening games on the season! The under 10s kick off their season against Burbage A on the 3rd October. We have 2 Under 12 sides - The A team kick off against Andover A on the 3rd, whilst the B side will start their season against South Wilts A the following week. The Under 14s will start their season on 3rd October against South Wilts A. Meanwhile, Steeple Langford U16 face Shrewton on the 10th in their opening game of the season. A full list of fitures can be found at the [url=]SADICA Cricket Site[/url]
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2010 Averages Available

Jan 1, 2011
1st October 2010

Final averages for all adults teams are now available to view on the play-cricket site. Just visit [url=]Steeple Langford @ Play Cricket[/url]
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Sadica Results - Week 1

Jan 1, 2011
10th October 2010

UNDER 10: Burbage (287-2) beat Steeple Langford (218-6) UNDER 12: Steeple Langford A (55-6; T. Allman 17) lost to Andover A (57-1) UNDER 14: South Wilts A (126-1) beat Steeple Langford A (77-2)
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SADICA Results - Week 2

Jan 1, 2011
12th October 2010

DIVISION 3 Steeple Langford A (148-2; J Bart 36*, M Thompson 26*) beat Steeple Langford B (72-4) UNDER 10 South Wilts A (291-1) beat Steeple Langford (226-5; B Rolfe 16) UNDER 12 Steeple Langford B (37-4) lost to South Wilts A (38-0) UNDER 16 Shrewton (90-3) beat Steeple Langford (79-6)
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Presentation Evening Saturday 30th October at the Rainbow on the Lake.

Jan 1, 2011
Come and Celebrate the 1st XI winning their division this season.

We have booked the Rainbow on the Lake on Sat 30th October for our annual presentation evening. Please put this date in your diaries and make every effort to attend as last season saw a marked increase in numbers attending which was very pleasing to see and in turn was a fun event in true Langford style. Since then, there has been a marked turn a round in the clubs fortunes this season, cumulating in the 1st XI winner their division! We want to turn up to celebrate this achievement! With this in mind and an expected increase in attendance, Holly has asked Richard for the use of the whole back room on the night. Can you please confirm if you will be attending to Holly ASAP: E-mail: Phone: 07760 273269 A formal letter from Holly will follow this message.
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Team Photo 1st XI 2010

Jan 1, 2011
Undefeated Champions!

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Date set for AGM

Jan 1, 2011
5th November 2010

This years AGM will be held at the club on Wednesday 8th December. All are welcome to attend. It will commence at 8pm.
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Indoor Coaching Academy Launches

Jan 1, 2011
23rd October 2010

SLCC launches its new indoor cricket coaching academy in November. We are offering 8 to 11 year olds a six week course running from Sunday 7th November to Sunday 12th December. It is being held at Chafyn Grove School sports hall from 11 till 1 and will cost £18 for the 6 weeks. To sign up or for more information please contact Chris Burnell by ringing 01722 505722 or e-mailing
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SADICA Results - Week 3

Jan 1, 2011
19th October 2010

Under 12 Shrewton (45-3; W. Smith 2-1) lost to Steeple Langford A (47-0; A Lloyd 15*) Under 16 Steeple Langford (81-2; N. Partridge 25*) lost to Andover (86-1)
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SADICA Results - Week 4

Jan 1, 2011
26th October 2010

Division 3 Redlynch C (126-2; D. Webber 25*; S. Hatton 26*) lost to Steeple Langford A (128-2; T. Thompson 26*, Wides 64) Porton (119-2; T. Pottage 25*, S. Kidd 25*, J. Cummings 25*) beat Steeple Langford B (96-3; A Morpeth 2-18) Under 10 Steeple Langford A (250-2; G. Bulpitt 2-11) lost to Andover A (294-0; T. Morton 13) Under 12 Steeple Langford B (37-1) lost to Amport A (39-0)
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Presentation Night Celebrates Success!

Jan 1, 2011
31st October 2010

Last night, players, officials, fans and sponsors of Steeple Langford CC gathered at the Rainbow on the Lake to celebrate the achievements of the club during 2010. Andy Foyle (chairman) did his usual speech - summing up the successful season which saw the 1st XI go unbeaten! He thanked everyone for the efforts they had put in and even talked about his hopes for the future which included a second straight promotion for the 1st XI! After this, the following awards were dished out: 1st XI Batsman - Nick Mundy 1st XI Bowler - Luke Stephens 1st XI All Rounder - Gary Smith 1st XI Players' Player - Luke Stephens 2nd XI Batsman - Darren Harvey 2nd XI Bowler - Darren Harvey 2nd XI All Rounder - Darren Harvey 2nd XI Players' Player - Clive Perry Sunday All Rounder - Adam McNeilly Midweek Performance - Phil Tompkins Clubman - Dave Moscrop Hole in the Hand - Liam Burnell After such a successful season, we also had 100 ties and hat-trick balls to present to the following players: 100 Ties - Nick Fiddy, Nick Mundy, Stuart Partridge, Darren Harvey, Clive Perry Hat-Trick Balls - Stuart Partridge, Nick Fiddy, Luke Stephens, Tom Dhanji Darren Harvey was also presented with a flying pig - we always though pigs would fly before Tammy scored a century!!! The night was concluded with food, banter and a raffle. We now look forward to next season - lets hope it is as good as the one that has just past us by!
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SADICA Results - Week 5

Jan 1, 2011
4th November 2010

Under 12 Andover B (66-1; O Cox 15*, W Carr 16*) beat Steeple Langford A (56-3; A Lloyd 15*, W Carr 2-8) Andover A (109-2; W Morton 17*, J Dancer 17*) beat Steeple Langford B (48-1) Under 14 South Wilts B (121-3; W Wade 48*, G Elliott 20*, T Barrett 22*) beat Steeple Langford A (86-2; A Goldie 20*)
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Indoor Academy Postponed

Jan 1, 2011
5th November 2010

The indoor academy planned for the next 6 weeks has been postponed until after Christmas. The club are currently searching for a suitable venue that can be used during the week due to competition with other sports on a Sunday. More details will be released once finalised.
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Presentation Pictures Available

Jan 1, 2011
6th November 2010

Photos that were taken at the Presentation Night last weekend are now available to purchase from behind the bar. They are available framed at £1 each - additional photos may cost more. See Dave Moscrop for more details.
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SADICA Results - Week 6

Jan 1, 2011
9th November 2010

Division 3 Steeple Langford A (102-6; T Thompson 27, N Fiddy 2-18) beat Hampton Park (86-6; N Hill 2-26) Redlynch + Hale C (108-6; D Webber 28, M Hurford 3-45) beat Steeple Langford B (75-4) Under 16 South Wilts (93-3) lost to Steeple Langford (95-1; A McNeilly 26*, N Partridge 25*)
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Something For The Ladies This Friday!

Jan 1, 2011
11th November 2010

Sarah Partridge has kindly organised a Body Shop party at the Club this Friday 12th November from 20:00 in aid of club funds. Can you please bring this to the attention of your better halfs, daughters and friends/neighbours, etc. Hopefully they will come along and support this very worthwhile cause. Sarah is keen to hear from those intending to come to ensure there are enough nibbles, so please drop Sarah an e-mail if you are able to attend at: Thanks once again to Sarah Partridge for organising the event!
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100 Club Winners - December

Jan 1, 2011
12th November 2010

The 100 clubs winners for December are as follows: 1st - 14 Mrs E Dennis 2nd - 71 Mr A Child 3rd - 64 Mrs S Hart 4th - 23 Mrs J Mccausland Congratulations to the winners. Details on how to join the 100 club, your number and past winners can be found on the 100 club page.
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Club Secretary - Position Vacant

Jan 1, 2011
12th November 2010

Regretably for us, Holly Dennis will be standing down as club secretary at the AGM on Wednesday 8th December. Her career has taken off and she is moving away from the district to live. We wish her well and thank her for the time and effort spent on the clubs behalf over the last few years. If anyone out there would like to take on this vital role, or knows of someone else up for a challenge then please contact Andy Foyle to discuss furthur and/or obtain a job description for the post.
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SADICA Results - Week 7

Jan 1, 2011
16th November 2010

Under 10 Winterslow (311-2; J Boucher 13, W Hayter 15, E Stanford 12) beat Steeple Langford (213-6; J Boucher 3-11) Under 14 Steeple Langford A v Amport A Result not received Under 16 Steeple Langford v Shrewton Result not received
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SADICA Results - Week 8

Jan 1, 2011
23rd November 2010

Division 3 Breamore C (143-5; P. Veit 52*, T. Stobbs 2-32) beat Steeple Langford A (59-6) Hampton Park (133-6; M. Windows 47, M. Hurford 2-34) beat Steeple Langford B (90-5; G. Evans 2-25) Under 10 Andover Girls conceded to Steeple Langford Under 12 South Wilts Girls (73-4; R. Webb 17*, D Foster 2-16) beat Steeple Langford B (41-5; H Mayhew 4-10) Under 16 Andover (102-4; J. Kent 26*) beat Steeple Langford (94-4; A. McNeilly 29*)
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SADICA Results - Week 9

Jan 1, 2011
30th November 2010

Under 12 Shrewton (65-2; L Gurber 19*) lost to Steeple Langford B (67-1; Wides 52) South Wilts Girls conceded to Steeple Langford A Under 14 Shrewton A v Steeple Langford A Not Played
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SADICA Results - Week 10

Jan 1, 2011
7th December 2010

Division 3 Steeple Langford B (53-6; P. Veit 2-15) lost to Breamore C (54-0; P Veit 27*) Porton (99-6; S Kidd 25) lost to Steeple Langford A (100-4; T Stobbs 31*) Under 10 Steeple Langford conceded to Burbage Under 12 Andover B (64-1; O Cox 17*, W Carr 19*) lost to Steeple Langford B (65-1; A Lloyd 17*)
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SADICA Results - Week 11

Jan 1, 2011
13th December 2010

Under 10 South Wilts v Steeple Langford – result not received Under 12 South Wilts A (88-0; M Kantolina 16*, T Stagg 15*, J Griffiths 19*) beat Steeple Langford A (65-5; L Emm 32*) Under 14 South Wilts A (107-0; S Arnold 21*, B Draper 20*) beat Steeple Langford (99-5; N Hill 21, C Gilbert 28) Under 16 South Wilts (85-4) lost to Steeple Langford (86-2; N Hillier 25*)
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Happy New Year!!

Jan 1, 2011
1st January 2011

We wish all member of Steeple Langford C.C. a happy new year, We hope it's as good as the last one!!
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January 100 Club Draw

Jan 1, 2011
9th January 2011

The following numbers were drawn out in this months 100 club draw: 1st 38 C.Pemberton 2nd 77 H. Dowding 3rd 74 H. Phelps 4th 83 N. Mundy For more details see the 100 Club page!
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SADICA Results - Week 12

Jan 1, 2011
11th January 2011

Division 3 Steeple Langford B (72-6; A. Foyle 35) lost to Steeple Langford A (75-5; S. Perry 2-20, M. Hurford 2-36)
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February 100 Club Draw

Jan 1, 2011
15 January 2011

The draw for February's 100 club has taken place. The results are as follows: 1. 03 P. Emm 2. 27 P. Dennis 3. 86 T. Henderson 4. 45 T. Dennis For more information, visit the 100 Club page.
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SADICA Results - Week 13

Jan 1, 2011
21st January 2011

Under 10 Andover (268-1; T. Horton 13) beat Steeple Langford (262-1; Oz 12) Under 12 Steeple Langford B (60-2; A. Burnell 17*) lost to Steeple Langford A (63-2; A. Lloyd 15*, T. Allman 15*) Under 16 Shrewton (97-1; G. Plank 26*, W. Harries 26*) beat Steeple Langford (53-6; K. McClure 3-10)
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SADICA Results - Week 14

Jan 1, 2011
25th January 2011

Division 3 Redlynch + Hale C (72-6; D. Harvey 3-22) lost to Steeple Langford A (78-0; T. Thompson 25*, D. Harvey 26*) Steeple Langford B (66-4; T. Pottage 2-15) lost to Porton (68-0; T. Pottage 25*) Under 14 South Wilts B (92-3; W. Wade 23*, G. Elliott 36*, L. Harvey 2-22) beat Steeple Langford (76-6; H. Orange 2-13) Under 16 Steeple Langford (75-5) lost to Andover (76-0; J. Kent 27*)
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Quiz + Curry Night

Jan 1, 2011
2nd February 2011

The club will be holding a quiz + curry night on Friday 11th February to help raise funds for the club. This will be being held at the club, beginning at 7.30pm. It will come at a cost at £7 per head. We ask for teams to be no more than 4. We hope to see you there!!
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Jewellery Party

Jan 1, 2011
2nd February 2011

Sarah Partridge has kindly organised a jewellery party for all those looking for gifts or just looking to treat yourselves at the club on Friday 11th March. This will take place at the club from 7.30pm on this date and 15% from all sales on the night will go to the club. We hope to see many of you at the night!
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Elected Officers for 2011

Jan 1, 2011
5th Feb 2011

At the 2010 AGM the following officers were elected for 2011 season: President - David Henderson Chairman - Andrew Foyle Vice Chairman – Trevor Thompson Secretary - Sarah Partridge Club Welfare Officer - Sue Foyle Treasurer - Helen Burnell Fixture Secretary – Tom Stobbs Saturday 1st XI Captain – Tom Dennis Saturday 2nd XI Captain – Darren Harvey Sunday Captain - Tom Stobbs Tuesday Captain – Nick Mundy Grounds men - Pete Dennis, Andrew Foyle,Dave Moscrop and Paul Featherstone Committee Members – Liam Burnell, Stuart Partridge, John McNeilly Junior Co-ordinator - Andrew Foyle Junior Administrator -Chris Burnell Development Officer - Andrew Foyle Publicity Officer - Chris Burnell Health and Safety Officer - Pete Dennis Colts Parents Rep – Chris Burnell Management Trustee Rep – Andy Foyle Fundraising/Social Committee - Dave Moscrop, Rob Emm, Darren Harvey, Sandy McNeilly and Nick/Nigel Mundy 100 Club Organiser - Rob Emm
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Pre-season Nets at Chafyn Grove School.

Jan 1, 2011
5th Feb 2011

Four sessions have been booked: Sun 27th Feb, 6th March, 13th March and 27th March. All the sessions run from 2pm - 4pm. Fee TBC. Everyone welcome to come along and join in. For directions to Chafyn Grove School please see the following link:
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Colts Training 2011

Jan 1, 2011
7 February 2011

Steeple Langford are proud to announce that they will once again be running coaching sessions for their junior members this summer. Coaching is open to those from 5-15 and we open our arms to any new members looking to join the club. Sessions will run on Wednesday nights for 10 weeks, starting on Wednesday 27th April. They will run from 6.30pm, finishing at 8pm for Kwik Cricket (5-7 years) and 8.30pm for Under 9, 11, 13 and 15. The 10 week course will come at a price of £30 for Kwik Cricket and £35 for Under 9s, 11s, 13s and 15s. For more information, contact Chris Burnell on 01722 505722 or To register for the coaching, download the following forms and send back to the club at the address stated. [url=]Colts Invitation 2011[/url] [url=]Colts Registration Form 2011[/url] [url=]Colts Code of Conduct 2011[/url] [url=]A Call for Colts Volunteers 2011[/url]
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SADICA Results - Week 16

Jan 1, 2011
8 February 2011

Division 3 Steeple Langford B (90-4; L. Hancock 25*) lost to Redlynch + Hale C (92-5; N. Partridge 2-22) Hampton Park (106-5; N. Partridge 2-30) beat Steeple Langford A (101-2; T. Thompson 26*) Under 10 Steeple Langford (243-5) lost to Winterslow (277-3) Under 12 Steeple Langford A (51-1; A. Lloyd 15*) lost to Amport A (52-1; N. Birks 15*) Amport B (33-6) lost to Steeple Langford B (35-0) Under 14 Steeple Langford (109-4; N. Hill 36*, Gilbert 41*) beat Amport (50-4; N. Hill 2-13)
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Rooster Boosters Claim Victory

Jan 1, 2011
13th February 2011

Friday night's Curry + Quiz night was a great success, with a very good attendance. A packed out club were left well fed by a beautiful curry, prepared by Sarah Dennis and also witnessed the 'Rooster Boosters' run out winners by just 1 point. It was a night enjoyed by all, even those who were left behind by the runaway pack of 3. Keep watching this site for news of future social events!
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SADICA Results - Week 17

Jan 1, 2011
17th February 2011

Under 10 Andover Girls (272-3; A Hughes 15, C Pryke 26, J Huntley 2-21) beat Steeple Langford (238-7; B Rolfe 12, O Lee 10)
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Sponsorship Opportunites at the Club

Jan 1, 2011
19th February 2011

Have you ever wondered if there was a cheap and easy way to market your company whilst helping a local cause? If the answer is yes, then this is the opportunity for you! Steeple Langford CC are looking for potential sponsors ahead of the 2011 season. In particular, they are looking for companies to purchase an advertising banner which will be displayed at the ground throughout the season. These banners come at the bargain price of £150 for the first year (includes cost of banner) and £100 for subsequent years after that. It is a perfect opportunity for local businesses to get their business out in the public eye as the club has a superb colts set up, 4 adult teams and has hosted several district and county games over the past few years. For more information please look at the [url=]Sponsorship Information Sheet[/url] or contact chairman Andy Foyle on 01722 334479 or
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SADICA Results - Week 18

Jan 1, 2011
22nd February 2011

Division 3 Breamore C v Steeple Langford A (Result not received) Hampton Park (126-5; M Windows 41*, L Johnson 2-21) beat Steeple Langford B (30-6; J Evans 2-5) Under 10 Steeple Langford conceded to Amport Under 12 Steeple Langford A (81-0; A Lloyd 15*, T Allman 15*, S Knight 15*) beat Amport B (65-3; B Smith 15*, A Lloyd 2-11) Under 14 Shrewton A v Steeple Langford A (Result not received)
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SADICA Results - Week 19

Jan 1, 2011
4th March 2011

Under 10 Steeple Langford conceded to Amport Under 16 Steeple Langford (62-5) lost to South Wilts (63-0)
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Cricket-Hockey Discount Night

Jan 1, 2011
4th March 2011

Tonight all members of Steeple Langford CC will be able to stock up on equipment for the new season as the club takes a trip to Cricket-Hockey's warehouse in Downton. For tonight only, discount will be offered on a variety of equipment, so don't miss your opportunity to save some cash! It all kicks off from 7pm. Thanks to Tom Dennis for sorting out arrangements for tonight.
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SADICA Results - Week 20

Jan 1, 2011
10th March 2011

Division 3 Steeple Langford B (79-1; N. Partridge 26*) lost to Breamore C (82-3) Porton (71-6; N. Hill 2-17) lost to Steeple Langford A (72-2; S. Ford 25*, M. Thompson 27*)
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SADICA Results - Week 21

Jan 1, 2011
27th March 2011

Plate Winterslow B (71-5) lost to Steeple Langford A (72-2)
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SADICA Results - Week 22

Jan 1, 2011
27th March 2011

Plate Breamore C (107-4; P Veit 32*) beat Steeple Langford A (75-6; D Harvey 29) Steeple Langford B (84-2) lost to Friends Provident (87-3; M Hurford 2-31)
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100 Club Membership

Jan 1, 2011
27th March 2011

It's that time of year again when membership to the 100 Club, which raises vital funds for the cricket club, needs renewing! It'll cost £12 for the next 12 months (May 2011-April 2012) and gives you a chance of winning cash prizes EVERY month! To join/renew, contact Rob Emm on 01722 790163
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Membership Fees for this Season Due

Jan 1, 2011
27th March 2011

Membership fees for the 2011 cricket season are now due to be paid. As agreed at this years AGM, the cost of membership is as follows: Adults: £45* Under 18s/Unemployed: £20 Family: £45 (*£10 discount will be given if paid before 1st June) It is vital that membership fees are paid to ensure you can be picked by the club for the upcoming season. Please make cheques payable to 'Steeple Langford Cricket Club' and give directly to Rob Emm.
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Match Fees + Teas 2011

Jan 1, 2011
27th March 2011

For the 2011 season, match fees will be the following: Adults (Sat/Sun): £7 Under 18s (Sat/Sun): £5 Tuesday Nights: £3 There has also been an adjustment to the amount those doing teas will now recieve in expenses. This has gone up to £45 and we are looking for volunteers to do 1/2 teas for the 2011 season.
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2011 Fixtures

Jan 1, 2011
11th April 2011

This seasons 2011 fixtures are now uploaded on to the web site both adults and colts.
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Cricket Force Weekend

Jan 1, 2011
11th April 2011

I would like to say a big thank you to all players and supporters who turned up over the weekend to give us help with all the jobs. It was a cracking weekend helped by the glorious weather of course. We just about achieved all our goals to ensure the ground is up together for next weekends start. These included repairing the benches, providing more rabbit proof fencing, mending/cleaning the site screen, raking the square and sorting out nets and the mobile covers. Thanks again Andy.
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SLCC'S first County player

Jan 1, 2011
27th April 2011

Congratulations to Nick Partridge who has been selected for the Wiltshire County U15 squad for this season. Nick becomes the first SLCC junior player to be selected to play for the county. Lets hope he is the first of many over the coming years.
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2nd XI report

Jan 1, 2011
30th April

The 2nd XI started the season with maximum points against a strong Shrewton 3rd XI at langford on saturday. Batting first langford scored 257 for 7 thanks to Clive Perry 83, Simon Ford 41 and Darren harvey 35. In reply Shrewton started well and appeared to be confident in their run chase. They were stopped dead in their tracks when they lost 4 wickets in 4 balls in the middle of their innings both Simon Ford and Nick Partridge were on hatricks! Shrewton finally bowled out for 137. Nick Partridge 4 for 46 and Simon Ford 3 for 15.
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Fixture Cards

Jan 1, 2011
7th May 2011

The fixture cards are now available Pete has a supply behind the bar. The Hampshire league handbooks are also in Petes keep if you would like one please ask him.
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2010 Junior winners

Jan 1, 2011
27th April 2011

Congratulations to the following junior winners for their performances in 2010 season. Under 11 Batting-Sam Knight Bowling-Daniel Foster Under 13 Batting-Nathan Hill Bowling-Liam Harvey Under 15 Batting-Nick Partridge Bowling-Adam McNeilly Trophies were presented on the first coaching night.
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1st XI report

Jan 1, 2011
14th May 2011

Steeple Langford I (180 for 7 - 24 points) won by three wickets against Over Wallop (179 all out) League RD2NW 14/05/2011 Steeple Langford won the toss and put the opposition in to bat on a day that could see some rain in the latter stages. Chris Mundy opened the bowling from the bunglow end and promptly removed the opening bat in his first over. Langford continued to pick up wickets but with the arrival of Over Wallops Roy Cavill who set about destroying Langfords bowling attack swatting the ball to all corners of the ground in some what agricultural fashion. Langford at one stage looked like they were going to be chasing 250+ but Cavill popped one up to mid wicket and after this wickets fell at regular intervals with no one really sticking around to push on the score and Langford were 180 to win. Stuart Partridge and Chris Mundy set about chasing down the total and started brightly with runs coming with relative ease, but with the fall of Partridge for 15 and then Mundy for 5, two more quick wickets left Langford floundering at 38 for 4. The arrival of Simon Ford 64 and Tom Bennet 47 N/O who put on a partnership of 98 to steer Langford nearly home. Ford then played a loose shot and was bowled requiring 23 to win but up stepped the old campaigner Chris Miles who nurdled the ball into the gaps along with Tom Bennet to steer Langford past the winning post, picking up maximum points.
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1st XI report

Jan 1, 2011
7th May 2011

Steeple Langford 206 - 7(23 points) v Redlynch and Hale II 70 - 8(5) Langford reached 206 at tea thanks to Stuart Partridge 53, Chris Mundy 30 and G Smith 28. Rain effected the game after tea and 10 overs were lost due to rain. The revised target for the visitors was 176 off 32 overs. Redlynch managed 70 for 8 off of the 21.3 overs bowled 2 wickets each for Chris Mundy, Phil Tomkins and Stuart Partridge which meant the result stood much to there disgust! Thank godness for the covers they managed to win us 23 points today without them the match would have been abandoned for sure. So a good start for the 1st Team 23 points in the bag onwards and upwards.
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Stephens sends Godshill Packing

Jan 1, 2011
RDNW2 - 1st XI beat Godshill

On a drizzly Saturday in Steeple Langford, a fine spell of bowling from Luke Stephens helped to secure a win for the 1st XI after Godshill put them under pressure in the field. Captain Tom Dennis lost the toss and his side were put into bat. After losing Nick Mundy early on for a duck, everyone began to chip in with runs, despite there being a steady flow of wickets throughout the day. Simon Ford's 47 was a highlight as Langford were dismissed for a competitive 215 with 4 balls of the 42nd over remaining. In reply Godshill started well reaching 62 before the loss of their first wicket at 15 overs after a good diving catch at mid-off by skipper Tom Dennis. However, Langford soon began to get a foothold as Simon Ford took a magnificent one handed catch to outdone Dennis and provide Gary Smith with his 2nd wicket (2-30). Luke Stephens provided a good spell of bowling (4-29) as he set young Nick Partridge up (2-7) to finish the job in style as Langford picked up all 24 points on offer. [i]28 May 2011[/i]
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2nd XI lose for the first time

Jan 1, 2011
28th May

Winterslow II 221 for 6(22) v S/Langford II 182 for 6(9) Winterslow II winning by 39 runs Langford won toss and asked Winterslow to bat on a very overcast and windy day. Looking for early wickets it was the openers who had the better start hitting 35 in the first six overs. Mark Thompson bowling for Langford was unlucky not to take a wicket with a drop catch in the slips. Chris Miles and Darren Harvey came on and started to tie the batsmen down with some good tight bowling with Harvey picking up 2 wickets in his 5 overs. However rain was always a risk and as it had started to spot with rain with about 12 overs to go it was decided to have an early tea and hope it would clear up. With the rain stopped and tea taken the match started again and Winterslow started to score some quick runs, young Bolem scored 37 and the opener Foreman finally going for 90 were pushing the score along. Adam Mcneilly bowled very well and took 2 for 47 but Hatchet came in and scored a quick 20 which took the score to 221. Langford needed one of their quick starts but this time lost Clive Perry for a duck so it was down to Charlie Burrows and Andy Foyle to get the team going. However with all the rain the outfield had become slow and what earlier would have been a 4 were now only 2's and 3's. Burrows had to retire on 23 with injury and in came Harvey to join Foyle who set about chasing the total neeeded. Foyle then fell to Harding for a good 51 who then quickly removeed Miles for 1. Sam Perry came in and played some lovely shots over the top as the fielders came in close. With Langford needing upto 8+ an over Harvey fell for 45 to P.Bolen and that was the last chance of winning the game as it was getting harder to see the ball.
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Maximum Points at Hungerford!

Jan 1, 2011
6 June 2011

On a hot afternoon in Hungerford, Steeple Langford captain Tom Dennis lost the toss and his side were put in on what looked a wonderful batting track. Steeple Langford's opening pair took their time and looked steady early in the innings but the returning Tom Stobbs was sent back to a pavilion leaving them 52-1 in the 11th over. Gary Smith then contributed a quick fire 22 before being run out off the bowlers boot whilst backing up. Martin Grearson then came to the crease, and put together a partnership of 153 with Stuart Partridge and began to take the game away from the home team before Grearson eventually fell for 89 with the score at 277 off 32 overs. The 36th over saw the eventual downfall of Stuart Partridge for a season best of 133, but a partnership of 66 from Tom Bennett (60*) and Tom Dennis (17*) ensured Hungerford were set a massive 378. The reply for the home side did not start well finding themselves 25-3 from 8 overs, after a good spell of bowling from openers Chris Mundy (1-37) and Gary Smith (2-32). However Steeple Langford did find some resistance in the middle order until breakthroughs were made by Luke Stephens (2-36) and youngster Patrick Goodman who produced an exceptional 4-16 to leave Chris Miles to finish the Hungerford innings a full 243 runs behind and ensure Langford 24 points.
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Record breaking weekend.

Jan 1, 2011
4th June

Hampshire League Regional Division 4 North West S/Langford II 460 for 2 Wherwell II 244 all out S/langford II 24 points Wherwell II 8 points Steeple Langford I returned from their game against Hungerford having score 397 found they had been outdone by their second eleven. Two Hampshire League records were broken the highest ever score by a team and the highest ever starting partnership. Steeple Langford won the toss and decided to bat first. Clive Perry and Dan Bennett opened and started to hit bounderies straight away scoring at a rate of 9 an over. The pair brought up the 100 partnership in only the 11th over and a huge score was on the cards. Bennet reached his 50 first and Perry soon followed. They carried on hitting 4s and 6s at will and the 200 was on the board in the 19th over, by which time Bennett had hit his century. The score board was racing along and the 300 was up in the 26th with the pair scoring at 10 an over. Bennett then reached his 200 and Perry passed 150. Their wickets fell quickly with the score on 397, Bennett was caught off the bowling Matt Allen for 211 and Perry soon followed on 173. Langford finally finishing on 460 for 2. TM.Allen bowled well his 9 overs going for just 53 for 2 wickets. After tea Langford was looking for quick wickets but Wherwells openers started well and hit the bad balls for 4 and a lot of extra's were given. Darren Harvey came onto bowl in the 11th over with the score on 72 and soon took the wicket of Beccingham ct and bowled for a fine knock of 38. Two more wickets by Harvey and Sam Perry dismissing Harris for 4 left Wherwell on 118 for 4. Nick Partridge came back and picked up two quick wickets . A stand of 86 between Griffin and Whyton frustrated Langford but Mark Thompson got the breakthrough with Langford finishing off the game leaving Wherwell on 244 all out.
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2nd XI continue winning ways.

Jan 1, 2011
11th June 2011

East Tytherley II 122 all out Steeple Langford II 124 for 7 East Tythlerley won the toss and elected to bat on a dry pitch and they were soon in trouble with a very good opening bowling spell by Mark Thompson(2-23) and Darren Harvey(2-31) restricting Tytherley to 23 for 3 from the first 10 overs. J.Snell (38) and P.Matthews (22) scored a very good 46 for the next wicket, taking the score to 69 when Snell fell, bowled by Nick Partridge (4-21) and with Adam Dhanji (1-14) picking up S.Lind (24) wicket Tytherley were on the edge on 73 for 5. In came J.Lovell who hit 23 not out and pushed the score to 120. Nick Partridge came back into the attack but this time as a spinner and Trevor Thompson had him stumped the last 4 wickets fell for 2 runs and the innings was over with the score on 122 for 9 all out as East Tytherley had 10 players. After tea the record breaking openers, Clive Perry and Dan Bennett, but a repeat performance was not on the cards, Perry going for 20 and Bennett out quickly being caught in the slips of R.Barlow (3-27). Perry soon followed and Harvey was riding his luck being dropped four times in his innings of 32. Two quick wickets of Andy Foyle and Sam Perry left Langford in trouble at 53-4. Cameos from Mark Thompson 12, Tom Dhanji 10 and Nick Partridge 21 not out took Langford to 120 for 6 and with Harvey retiring hurt, Trevor Thompson came in and tucked away the his first ball of his pads for the winning 4. Skipper Merrick took 2 -37 in a good spell.
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1st XI roll on.

Jan 1, 2011
11th June 2011

Steeple Langford I-153 for 3 vs Hursley Park 152 for 7 On a patchy afternoon in Steeple Langford the toss was conceded by skipper Tom Dennis and Langford took to the field. Looking to make inroads in to the Hursley park batting order the opening bowlers found it tough going and when a break through eventually came via a run out Hursley Park were 53-1 after the 28th over. Another run out accounted for the second wicket soon after but Hursley were determined to protect their wickets and Gary Smith 2-26-8 and Simon Ford 2-27-5 were the only highlights as Hursley 4ths posted for 152-7 from their 42 overs. Steeple Langford's reply began well with the inform fall of Stuart Partridge (29) and Tom Bennett (31) putting on 59 for the first wicket. A breezy 34 from Simon Ford brought Langford within reach of the line but when he was dismissed with the score 113-3 it was left to Phil Tompkins to cross the line for Langford moments before the rain.
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Complete wash out !

Jan 1, 2011
18th June 2011

A complete wash out this weekend for both teams lets hope for sun next week.
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2nd XI report - no game

Jan 1, 2011
25th June 2011

Alderholt called game off at 10:00 waterlogged pitch.
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Extra colts evening planned for Wednesday 6th July

Jan 1, 2011

The planned 10 weeks coaching sessions come to an end this Wednesday 29th June. I hope everyone has enjoyed the sessions and remain keen to continue playing cricket. As a thank you for good attendance and behaviour the committee has decided to hold a colts fun cricket festival on the following Wednesday the 6th July. We would like to invite all U9, 11 and 13's to turn up and join in. We intend to mix up everyone into even teams called after an International country. Members of the U15's will manage the teams and hopefully umpire and score giving the coaches an evening off! Rules will be Kwik cricket played with a tennis ball. We will be playing several games at once around the field. Could I ask that we aim for 6:15 start or as close as we can so hopefully we get organised and start at 6:30 never having done this before we are not too sure how long it will take. Enjoy. Regards Andy
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1st XI win well.

Jan 1, 2011
25th June 2011

Breamore 181 for 7(8) - Steeple Langford 182 for 4(22) Welcoming Breamore to Steeple Langford skipper Tom Dennis won the toss and elected to field on what started an overcast day by the lakes. Opener Chris Mundy (1-29) provided the initial breakthrough thanks to a stunning catch by keeper Pete Smith with the score at 21 from 7 overs. Luke Stephens (1-25) picked up the second in the 17th over, but Langford started to find wickets as hard to accumulate as Breamore were runs. Spinner Tom Bennett was therefore introduced and his 3-56 made some headway into the Breamore order. And with a smart run out and a wicket for Phil Thompkins (1-1), Breamore were restricted to 181-7 from their 42 overs. In reply Steeple Langford lost opener Nick Mundy early on but his partner Stuart Partridge (40) continued to add runs to the total, when he eventually fell the score was 58-2 from 19 overs. Simon Ford and Martin Grearson then produced breezy displays but were eventually bowled for 18 and 17 respectively. Steeple Langford now slipping behind the required rate needed some big hitting and Gary Smith did not disappoint as he hit 31 not out from 13 balls along to support the steady Phil Tompkins who produced a brilliant 51* to bring the home side up to the target with 3 overs to spare, and so picking up 22 points.
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Team reports

Jan 1, 2011
Sat 2nd July 11

Steeple Langford 1st XI 193 for 9(23) v Mottisfont 78 for 10(7) Langford hosted 3rd placed Mottisfont on Saturday and didn’t get off to the best of starts when captain, Tom Dennis, lost the toss and was asked to bat on a dry hard wicket, showing signs of wear which was going to offer a bit for the bowlers late on. After losing Stuart Partridge early on, Phil Tompkins arrived at the crease and supported Tom Bennett well, who scored quickly and reached a well deserved 50 at drinks with Langford well set on 93 for 1. However, shortly after drinks Bennett went after a half tracker, top edging it to backward point and departed with 52. Chris Mundy then hauled out to short midwicket for 17 and Martin Grearson supported Tompkins to his 50 before Tompkins was trapped LBW for 58. Langford then lost a couple of quick wickets to questionable umpiring decisions, slowing their momentum. However, Captain Dennis led a late flurry with Paddy Goodman 11 which saw Langford finish on 193 for 9 at tea, thought to be 30-40 runs short by most the camp. After tea, Dennis rallied his troops and instructed the team to keep their focus and discipline in order to win the game. This rallying cry was answered as Gary Smith struck early to remove the opener. This meant Mottisfont never really gained any momentum, and wickets fell regularly, Smith claiming 4-36 and Luke Stephens 5-25. Mark Thompson chipped in with 1-9 off his three overs to see Langford to what turned out to be a convincing victory after only 26.4 overs, keeping Langford firmly rooted to the top of the table. The 2nds, however, suffered their 2nd defeat of the season after travelling to Berwick St James to face Shrewton III. Darren Harvey’s side were bowled out by the final ball of their innings, scoring 169. However, it wasn’t enough as their opposition knocked it off easily, meaning Langford II drop a place to 3rd in the table.
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Double Success for Club

Jan 1, 2011
A belated review of the Season Finale!

A long summer of rain came to a close in the warm sunshine of Steeple Langford on Saturday to celebrations of a double championship win for the club, with both the first and second teams winning their respective leagues! This time two seasons ago, it was all doom and gloom as the club suffered complete opposite fortunes as both sides were relegated with only 3 wins between them. However, since then the club has gone from strength to strength! The 1st XI bounced straight back with an unbeaten season during their 2011 campaign and have shot up through RDNW2 in style, losing just one game all season! They have seen some great individual performances as Tom Bennett has been Mr Reliable with the bat and Luke Stephens has looked great with the ball. However, these two have had their feet up the past couple of weeks, as 3 weeks running they’ve had their games called off due to poor weather! This managed to take them over the line, much to the delight of everyone at the club. In stark contrast, a young 2nd XI have had to work hard to catch up on lost ground due to a sticky patch at the start of the season. Last week’s win put them top of the pile of RDNW4 going into the final game against Alderholt II, who had been top for most of the season, and the winner of the game would come out with the title. With this in mind, skipper Darren Harvey won the toss and elected to bowl. Some tight bowling from Gary Smith (1-4 off 7.2 overs) and Nick Partridge (4-27) restricted the visitors early on, and they were always on the back foot from there. Looking to score quick runs, Dan Bennett managed to remove 2 in one over after drinks to bring a flurry of wickets. Darren Harvey chipped in with 2-15 and Alderholt were bowled out for 114. Langford lost early wickets in their reply, but a steady innings from club chairman, Andy Foyle, playing in his usual anchor, assisted by a cameo from Harvey, led his side over the line to send Langford to victory and the club’s 2nd league title of the day!
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Club Presentation Night

Jan 1, 2011

Following a very successful season, Steeple Langford Cricket Club presentation evening is to be held on Saturday the 8th of October. The venue will be The Castle Street Social Club. Doors open at 7pm for the proceedings to start at 7.30 pm and children are very much welcome. The cost per person is £10, and there is a discounted family ticket of £25, which is to include a buffet and a disco. A coach will be leaving Steeple Langford at 7pm making its way through South Newton, Wilton and Harnham. If you would like to attend please contact Sarah Partridge at
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Youngster wins County Award

Jan 1, 2011
30th September 2011

Langford youngster, Liam Burnell, last week won the Wiltshire and Swindon Young Volunteer of the Year award at an awards ceremony at the City Hall. His nomination impressed the judges immensely in a tough group and left those attending very impressed! This result comes after already winning the WBC OSCA award earlier this month. He has now also been shortlisted for the National OSCA award. These will take place at Lords on 17th October!

Well done Liam and good luck on your date at Lords!

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100 Club Update

Jan 1, 2011
1st October 2011

The 100 club page has now been updated with the latest draws. Look now to see if your a lucky winner!
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SADICA League Entry

Jan 1, 2011
1st October 2011

This winter we will have several teams competing in the local indoor league. We have 2 mens teams, both who will be in Division 2 after the demise of Division 3 at this seasons AGM. If there is anyone interested in playing in these sides, please contact Liam Burnell by emailing As well as this, we have also entered Under 12, 14 and 16 teams independently, and have combined with Redlynch and Hale to enter an Under 10 side. Again, if you know anyone wanting to play in these teams, please contact Chris Burnell, whose details can be found on the 'Contacts' Page. Fixtures can be found at or on our 'Results and Fixtures' page. Good luck to all taking part!
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The Trip to the Rose Bowl is on!!!

Jul 30, 2010
Be quick and sign up for the coach limited seats available.

Thanks to Nigel Mundy who has booked a coach for us we will be going to the Hampshire Hawks pro 40 game against Leicestershire Fox'es on Tues 17th Aug - 16:40 start.Cost is £10(non-refundable)please contact either Nigel on 07870 301831 or Tom Dennis on 07501 069289. Members have until 10th Aug to book seats after that any left will be open to non members.
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Waitrose - Community matters good causes scheme.

Jun 25, 2010

Thanks to the Burnell family who nominated us you will find Steeple langford Cricket Club is one of the three good causes for the month of July. If you shop at waitrose I trust you will deposit the green token in our slot and encrouge family and friends to do the same? If you don't regularly shop at Waitrose perhaps you might for July - It's a very good cause after all?
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