Promotion aspirations still alive and kicking

Langholm beat Nunwick II by 132 runs

EDEN VALLEY DIVISION THREE

LANGHOLM maintained their good league form with a fine win at the Castleholm last Saturday, writes John Smith.

The visitors’ skipper put Langholm into bat on the artificial wicket and he looked to have made a good move.

The openers produced some rash shots and Ben Maxwell was caught by Robinson off Malpas for 13, then Graham Park followed when caught and bowled by Metcalfe, and it was 26 for 2 in seven overs.

Duncan Elliott was bowled by Malpas and the same bowler dismissed Chris Stewart for a duck.

Langholm were now struggling on 47 for 4, but some sensible batting by Euan Wilson and Gregor Park carried the score to 81 before the latter was caught by Robinson off James for a useful 38.

Wilson was caught by Holmes from a James delivery and Langholm were on 88 with 12 overs left.

Steve Johnstone also fell to James, but Andrew Bell and Jamie Ashton-Smith increased the run rate and the score reached 148 before Bell was bowled by James after a fine innings of 41.

The 40 overs ended with Langholm on a total of 169 for 8, with Ashton-Smith (21) and Jack Pool (16) still at the wicket.

The Nunwick batsmen struggled from the start against the bowling of Elliott and Graham Park, and were in real trouble at 8 for 4 after 13 overs.

The visitors were 18 for 5 after 20 overs and Fletcher hit a fine six before being run out for 13, but was the only batsman to reach double figures. Nunwick were all out for 37 in the 27th over.

Langholm

G. Park, c & b Metcalfe 4

B. Maxwell, c Robinson b Malpas 13

R. G Park, c Robinson b James 38

D. Elliott, b Malpas 8

C. Stewart, b Malpas 0

E. Wilson, c Holmes b James 17

A. Bell, b James 41

S. Johnstone, b James 3

J. Ashton-Smith, not out 21

J. Pool, not out 16

Extras 8

Total for 8 169

Nunwick II

J. Metcalfe, b G. Park 0

J. Dent, b Elliott 5

D. Metcalfe, b G Park 1

C. Robinson, c B Maxwell b Elliott 0

C. Malpas, b Johnstone 8

J. Armstrong, b G Park 0

J. Fletcher, run out 13

A. Collins, b Pool 1

M. James, b Johnstone 3

G. Holmes, st B Maxwell b Pool 0

B. Metcalfe, not out 0

Extras 6

Total 37