Hot shots closing in on promotion
Published at 21:37, Wednesday, 08 August 2012
LANGHOLM remain in a strong promotion position in division three of the Eden Valley League after securing victory by four wickets at the Castleholm in showery weather last Saturday.
Sheets had to be removed from the wicket prior to the start and the match was reduced to 32 overs each.
Caldbeck 2nd X1 made a total of 88 for 9 in the allotted overs and Langholm at one stage looked like securing an easy win, but in the end had to work hard for the league points.
Caldbeck opened the batting and were in early trouble as home skipper Duncan Elliott removed Hellon (1), caught by Gregor Masterton, and then Kyle Brough for a duck in the second over.
Graham Park dismissed Daniel Bargh (2) and the visitors had only 4 runs on the board with 3 wickets down.
Caldbeck pushed the score up to 38 before Scott Wetherall was caught by Euan Wilson off an Elliott delivery for 23.
Graham Weatherall (18) and Watson (27) both batted solidly but were removed by fine catches from Graham Park and brother Gregor, both from the bowling of Euan Wilson.
Phil Richardson (4) was dismissed by Steve Johnstone and Caldbeck ended the overs on 88 for 9.
Elliott was best of the home bowlers with 4 for 15, with Wilson 2 for 12, Graham Park 2 for 15 and Johnstone 1 for 26.
The Langholm openers reached 25 before Graham Park was bowled by Richardson after a useful knock of 15.
Ben Maxwell and Gregor Park looked settled and passed 50 in 13 overs.
Gregor Park was eventually caught by Colin Dalgliesh off Watson for 22 and Ben Maxwell then fell to Watson for 18, with the score on 60.
Wilson (4) went lbw, then Elliott (8) and Andrew Bell (7) were caught by Kyle Brough and Dalgliesh respectively, off the bowling of Watson and it was 84 for 6.
Gregor Masterton looked solid and hit a couple of singles, then cracked a six for victory on 94 for 6 in 26 overs.
Johnstone was also still at the wicket, and Geoff Maxwell, Neil Stewart and John Reid did not need to bat.
In the visitors bowlers Watson had 5 for 12.
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