Muckle victory for Langholm at Vicars Croft

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Langholm beat Appleby 2nds by eight wickets

The home team batted first and were all out for 106 in the 33rd over, with Graham Park and Jamie Gormley both securing three wickets in the Langholm bowling attack, writes John Smith.

In reply, Langholm only lost two wickets and passed the target in the 21st over, with Duncan Elliott again in fine form with 55 not out.

Appleby won the toss and had no hesitation in batting on the firm Vicars Croft wicket and a large score was feared.

The Langholm opening bowlers had other ideas, though, as they reduced Appleby to 13 for 3. First to strike was Graham Park, who had the dangerous Brakewell (8) out lbw and in the next over Elliott clean-bowled Askew for a duck. Park then bowled Brabbins (4) to put the visitors in the driving seat.

Fothergill and Beckwith looked to steady the Appleby batting and carried the score to 36 before the former was caught by Andrew Bell off Jack Pool for 17. Park then clean-bowled Beckwith for 12, leaving Appleby 48 for 5. Jamie Gormley now joined the bowling attack and he had Davidson (12) caught by Elliott in the slips, with the score on 73.

Moore looked to attack, but he fell for 26, with Stewart taking a good catch off Gormley and Appleby had slumped to 92 for 7. Gormley soon claimed his third wicket as Gregor Masterton held on to a great catch at square leg to dismiss Errington (3) and reduce Appleby to 95 for 8 in the 28th over. Elliot returned to the bowling and straight away skittled Swann (7). Atkinson (7) was caught by Davie Gordon from a Johnstone delivery to dismiss Appleby for 106.

In the Langholm bowling, Park had 3 for 21 off 10 overs, Gormley 3 for 29 and Elliott 2 for 22.

The Langholm openers, Elliott and Bell, got off to a fast start with 18 off the first two overs, but Bell fell at the next over for 15 with the score on 24.

The run rate dropped slightly as Elliott and Ross Rae consolidated the Langholm innings. The pair had added 38 when Rae was bowled by Swann after a good knock of 16. Elliott now began to up the tempo once again, ably supported by Stewart, and the next five overs brought 39 runs. Elliott passed the Appleby total with a six, leaving him 55 not out in an innings which included eight fours and two sixes, and Stewart was 10 not out.

This was a fine, all-round performance by Langholm, bringing three wins from five matches in Division One of the Eden Valley League.