Langholm Cricket Club played hosts to Threlkeld last Saturday, with the visitors needing to win to avoid relegation, writes John Smith.
Langholm were considerably understrength, mainly due to the Castle Craigs day ride- out, and Threlkeld secured victory by four wickets.
The hosts began solidly with Andrew Bell and Stevie Johnstone, but Raven picked up the wicket of Johnstone (10) in the 10th over. Jason Hall (4) was next to fall in the damp conditions after supporting the hard-hitting Bell admirably for the best part of 10 overs and taking the score to over 50. This brought Chris Tait to the wicket and he helped Bell keep the scoreboard ticking. Bell was eventually out after a solid 34, which included six fours, when caught off the bowling of Stewartson. Duncan Elliott joined Tait, but they fell for 15 and 14 respectively. Jack Pool came and went without scoring, just as the rain became too heavy to continue.
When play did resume, wickets fell in quick succession. Davie Gordon held the tail together for a while, supported by Jordan Reid and John Reid. Gordon fell for 10, with Jordan Reid being bowled for 4, leaving John Reid on 8 with the score 111.
Threlkeld openers Meddings and Daly held firm in the soft conditions and put on over 50 before the former fell to Bell. The same bowler secured the wicket of Raven when caught by Gordon.
Pool bowled Jefferson to make it 90 for 3 and he picked up another wicket to finish with figures of 2 for 31. Bell grabbed another couple of wickets to finish on 4 for 29, but Threlkeld passed the home total to secure victory on 112 for 6 wickets.