Langholm play it safe in Division One

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Langholm had two chances to safeguard their place in Division One of the Eden Valley League at the weekend – and did so second time round.

They were beaten by 67 runs by visitors Longtown on Saturday. Longtown, batting first on the artificial wicket, ended their 40 overs on 157 for 9, with Langholm’s Jack Pool snatching four wickets for 35 runs, Andrew Paisley 2 for 25, skipper Duncan Elliott 2 for 29 and Steven Johnstone 1 for 33.

In reply, the hosts were all out for only 90, with skipper Duncan Elliott top scorer on 25.

However, the table was turned on Sunday with a 27-run victory at Carlisle Academy – but it wasn’t easy.

Academy won the toss and put Langholm in on a firm but used track. A flurry of wickets left them on 34 for 4. This brought Colin Turk out to play his first match for around three years.

Wickets continued to fall, but Turk had managed a majestic 26 which helped them to an unconvincing 89 all out.

However, it was something to bowl at, and this they did, Johnstone and Graham Park punishing the city side, dismissing their opponents between them for a miserly 62.

Johnstone had career-best figures of 6 for 10 and Park 4 for 12.