Excellent batting show seals a winning draw

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LANGHOLM picked up 6 points for a winning draw when they finished on 190 for 4 against Nunwick on the Castleholm.

In a match reduced to 32 overs because of the weather Nunwick needed four runs off the last ball to win but hit only 2 to finish on 189 for 4.

Langholm openers Duncan Elliott and Graham Park added 24 before Elliott (1) was bowled by White. Park was in superb form, punishing anything loose. He soon passed his 50, his first for four years, and looked set for something bigger when a long hop undid him on 59 and he toe-ended a ball from James, giving Pattinson an easy catch.

On 73 for 2 in the 16th over, Nicky Piszczykiewicz joined skipper Tony Steele and the scoring rate increased. With the score on 152, Steele was unlucky to play onto his former Longtown teammate Dave Booker for 40

In the next over Piszczykiewicz fell, caught by Dent, bowled by Tweedie for 50. The scoring rate slightly lulled but a late burst of boundaries from Gregor Masterton (10 not out) and Dave Steele(17 not out) saw Langholm reach 190.

Tony Steele had Tweedie dropped in the slips but had to retire injured. The batsmen made hay against some lacklustre bowling and fielding and reached 85 for 0 in 16 overs.

The score passed 100 and Langholm could do nothing to halt the flow of runs. Tony Steele resumed bowling and, with the score on 132, Dent fell, caught by Dave Steele for 73. Tweedie was clean-bowled for 51.

Nunwick needed 59 off 7 overs and Langholm must have thought they had at least secured a winning draw but, as rain fell, the ball became slippery and the runs continued to mount. White and Fletcher took the score to 175 before Elliott had Fletcher caught by Paisley for 19.

It came down to the final delivery with the visitors needing 4 to win and 3 to tie. The fielders were dispatched to the boundary. White connected but fortunately scored only 2 runs, leaving Langholm hanging on for a winning draw.

Tony Steele had 2 for 38 and Elliott 2 for 40 in a thrilling game with 379 runs scored for the loss of only 8 wickets.

Although delighted with their batting, Langholm's bowling was not at the races compared with previous weeks and will need to improve.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 9:40AM
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