The Cricketing Week at Langleybury
Week 3 of the league season saw wins for the 2’s and 4’s a defeat for the 3’s and an abandonment due to rain for the 1’s
Flitwick won the toss and asked Langleybury to bat. Mo Manzoor (35) and Richard Soulsby (86) got Langleybury off to a good start with a partnership of 114, although 35 of these were extras. Matt Coran (32) and Rhys Williams (27) continued to help Richard Soulsby as he continued his rich reign of form, before he was 4th out with the score on 232. Wickets fell as runs were chased and Langleybury finished on 243-8. There was time for Khalid Manzoor to get rid of the dangerous George Thurstance before the rain came and the game was abandoned with Flitwick on 27-1.
For the 2’s Andy Felton won the toss and asked Northampton Exiles to bat to see if the pitch played as badly as it looked. Despite some tight bowling, they wouldn’t have been unhappy at drinks with the score on 78 for 2. This was quickly to change as the spin twins; Eddie Gunning (5-14) and Kevin Kelly (2-8) soon wrapped up the innings for 114, with Alex Gunning taking 3 catches and Andy Cheeseman running out a batsman with a direct hit from mid-off. In reply openers Alex Gunning (32) and Dan Walker (28) got Langleybury off to a good start. Trying to win as quickly as possible before the rain came, the target was reached in the 27th over for the loss of 5 wickets with Steve Carter (28) hitting the winning boundary.
The 3’s lost the toss to Berkhamsted 2’s who chose to bowl first on a green looking pitch. Captain, Roger Ball, soon went and was quickly followed by Lee Channer, before Matt Fry and Rishil Dhruva steadied the innings. Further contributions from Chris Horne (37) and Andy Hopping (47) allowed Langleybury to reach 164 before the rain came down over tea. Chasing a rain reduce target of 119 in 39 overs, the Berkhamsted batters comfortably reached their target for 3 wickets, whilst the Langleybury bowlers were scarcely able to stand up on a wicket that resembled a goal mouth.
Redbourn 4’s skipper won the toss and asked LCC 4’s to bat first. A good all round batting display led to a healthy total of 206 for 9 off 40 overs with Alex McLachlan (43) and Kev Gallagher (34) being the top contributors. Following the rain during tea, the Redbourn innings began in light drizzle, making bowling and fielding difficult, despite this Langleybury were able to stifle the Redbourn innings at various points leading to an increasing run rate which left them worrying more about batting points than winning in the later stages. Again it was occasional bowlers Alex McLachlan (3-33) and Kev Gallagher (2-31) who returned the best figures as Redbourn were held to 170-6 from their 40 overs.
Langleybury ‘B’ aka The Old Contemptible’s managed to qualify for the Watford Observer Plate competition in a sight screen peppering defeat to Northchurch on Wednesday.
On Thursday Langleybury progressed past Watford Grammar School for Boys into the Quarter Finals of the Watford Observer Shield competition