Nerves of Steele keep Langholm safe

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LANGHOLM secured their Division 1 status in the Eden Valley Cricket League with only their second away win of the year.

They did this with a five-wicket victory over Carlisle 3rds. The bowlers were to the fore, with Tony Steele, Dave Steele and Andrew Paisley all taking three wickets as they bowled Carlisle out for 96.

After a bad start, a good partnership from Tony Steele and Nicky Piszczykiewfcz just about brought Langholm home before Dave Steele and Ross Rae sealed the match.

Conditions were ideal for bowling and Langholm had no hesitation in asking Carlisle to bat. With only 4 on the board, Tony Steele trapped McStey LBW. The run rate was slow and Steele again struck with 22 on the board, bowling Hayes for 9 in the 12th over.

A brief cameo by Carlisle skipper Christoff Vevers ended when Steele bowled him for 12 to leave the home side 36 for 3. Wickets fell regularly and Andrew Paisley struck next, bowling Maclindon for 4 with the score on 46.

Paisley was swinging the ball and he claimed his next victims, bowling Luke Westmorland for 3 and J Maclindon for a duck to leave Carlisle on 62 for 6 after 24 overs.

Dave Steele got in on the act and bowled Halliday for 4 and Cameron Westmorland for 35 to leave the score on 94 for 8.

Graham Park claimed a caught and bowled to dismiss Smith for 8 before Dave Steele wrapped it up, bowling Barker for 2.

Tony Steele had 3 for 15, Paisley 3 for 20, Dave Steele 3 for 24 and Graham Park 1 for 30.

Langholm started badly when Duncan Elliott skied a full toss off Barker to make it 1 for 1.

Graham Park (1) was clean-bowled by Westmorland in the next over. Tony Steele and Piszczykiewfcz began to repair the damage and the score began to look respectable.

With 55 on the board, Piszczykiewfcz fell for 29, caught out deep by Halliday. Chris Stewart added 5 before he was bowled by Halliday with Langholm were now 70 for 4.

Nerves set in when the skipper played on to Luke Westmorland for 29 and Langholm were 27 runs short of their target.

Dave Steele and Ross Rae saw Langholm home. Rae made 15 not out and Steele 9 not out.

This was a good win against the third-placed side and it gives Langholm a great chance of overtaking them this weekend in the final game at home to Wetheral.

Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 4:20PM
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