AFTER the last two matches had been called off due to wet weather, Langholm finally got back into Eden Valley league division two action, writes John Smith.
Playing on a glorious sunny day at the Castleholm, the hosts gave a sparkling display to win by eight wickets against Stainton 2nd XI.
Stainton were sent in to bat and openers Holliday and Pamphilon found the Langholm attack of skipper Duncan Elliott and Graham Park rather difficult to handle. They had only reached five when Elliott clean-bowled Holliday in the fifth over. Cleminson joined Pamphilon and the pair added 13 before Andrew Paisley had Cleminson caught in the gully by Chris Stewart for 10.
In his next over Paisley had Silburn caught by Jack Pool to make the visitors 23 for 3.
No runs had been added when Graham Park dismissed opener Pamphilon lbw for 10.
Mulholland and Harrison edged the score up to 38, but in the 21st over Paisley had Harrison caught behind by keeper Gregor Masterton for four.
With the score on 44, Steve Johnstone clean-bowled Ritchie for five to leave Stainton six wickets down.
Mullholland was the only batsman who was able to fend off the Langholm bowling attack, but was soon running out of partners. Pool took over the bowling and struck immediately to dismiss Welsh with a catch by Euan Wilson. In the next over, Johnstone bowled Heminway and then Wills to put them all out for 63.
Masterton and Elliott opened for Langholm, but some quick bowling had young Masterton out for a duck. Gregor Park entered the fray for the home side and promptly smashed his first ball to the boundary for four. Two deliveries later, Gregor Park was bizarrely run out as he sauntered back to the crease with the score 11 for 2.
The Stainton fielders began to think they had a chance, but when Graham Park joined Elliott the former began to score freely with some solid shots and the total started to mount. Langholm passed the visitors’ total in only 12 overs to finish on 67 for 2 with Park and Elliott still at the wicket.
This was a good win for Langholm against a team that beat them twice last season.