Match report – 3rd team vs Langley Manor 2nd

In overcast conditions at Bashley, Langley Manor won the toss and elected to bat first. They found scoring difficult against the Bashley new ball attack of David Morris and Jason Eede. Morris bowled with great control and trapped both openers leg before in an impressive 10 over spell of 2 for 14.Off spinner Jack Ransom then entered the attack and soon started to make further inroads into the Langley Manor batting. With four wickets in his first 5 overs, Ransom reduced Langley Manor to just 78 for 6 after 30 overs. Some stout defiance from Luke Jerram (30) supported by the tail provided some resistance and eventually saw Langley Manor reach 156 all out. For Bashley, Ransom finished with the excellent figures of 5 for 27 with Johnny Bettle 2 for 31 and Jason Eede 1 for 41 wrapping up the rest of the innings.

After tea as the sun started to appear Lawrence Drake and Patrick Lewis started the Bashley innings watchfully but then gradually started to wear down the Langley Manor bowling attack. They had put on a 95 run partnership together before Drake was run out for an excellent 37.Lewis continued to score freely and in partnership with Graham Pardey they took Bashley to within four runs of their victory target. Lewis (70) and Pardey (26) were then both surprisingly dismissed. However a boundary from Patrick Holly soon ensured that Bashley won comfortably in the end by 7 wickets and with eight overs to spare.