Good away day for the 1s

Minchinhampton visited Langford on a warm day in east Gloucestershire in what was sure to be an intriguing game after a close low scorer earlier in the season.

Captain Jaime Waring lost the toss and was asked to bowl. The returning Benoy Ittyavirah and ever present Pete Wallis started very tightly and Wallis was rewarded with an early LBW of Greenwood for a duck. When he had West caught behind not long after Minch looked to apply the pressure. But Findlay-Wilson (29) and Owen (25) rebuilt the Langford innings. It took a sharp run out from Phil Stephens and a 1 handed caught and bowled by Jaime Waring to remove them both in quick succession. When no 5 Stevens went after an early ball off Turton, he found Wallis at mid on and was removed for just 1 and Langford now struggling at 82 for 6. Tom Shearman came on to bowl and bowled an impeccable line and length to tie things up further, removing skipper Miles bowled along the way. Johnson stuck around for a handy 23, before Waring took another C&B and Wallis again took a sharp catch in the deep to remove Bicker. Sinsbury (17) and Parsons (11) added useful runs at the end as the tail wagged, adding 50 runs for the last 2 wickets. Ittyavirah returned to pick up a well earned wicket, but a total score of 141 all out look under par on a small ground. A brilliant bowling and fielding effort by Minch all round.

In reply Minch did not have a good start. Opener Ross Britton was bowled by the Minch nemesis in the previous game Bicker who picked up 7 wickets in the last fixture. When Alex Waring fell shortly after and the score was 13 for 2, Minch were wobbling under the pressure. But an assured partnership from Phil Stephens and Jon Ablett gave Minch hope as they added 40 for the 3rd wicket before Ablett fell for 22 caught behind. Stephens pushed on, mostly dealing in boundaries and brought up his 50 with 9 fours and 2 sixes. He and Jaime Waring were building a solid partnership before he padded up to Sinsbury for 51 and was removed LBW, a fine and important knock from the opener. At 89 for 4 there was still work to do, but with a boundary ball being bowled most overs and byes accounting for 21 runs Minch cruised to their target. Dave Gordon (12no) and Jaime Waring (30no) added 53 for the 5th wicket as Minch reached the target in the 32nd over, Waring finishing the game with a 6 over mid-wicket and well deserved victory for Minch. As ever the game was played competitively but in good spirits.

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