Lydney Cricket Club still unbeaten with comfortable win

Sunday 5th June 2022 11:00 am
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Jordan Stone scored 51 for Lydney.

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LYDNEY made it four from four with a home win over Langford.

The Forest side elected to field and immediately had Langford on the back foot.

Jake Romanek had faced only three balls when he was bowled by Ellis Boughton to make the score 1-1.

It was the start of a very good afternoon for the bowlers with all six getting wickets for the second week in a row.

Boughton claimed his second wicket when he had Ben Brown caught by Niall Holford for three on 33.

Jack O’Connell struck a huge blow when he bowled opener and lynchpin of the Langford innings Jeremy Kirby.

The Oxfordshire side were 48-3 and the wicketkeeper had contributed 40 of the runs and was the only visiting batsman to make it north of 15 runs.

Alex Antoine had Langford captain Harry Stevens caught and bowled for three with only two more runs added to the total.

William Parsons and James West put on 22 before Parsons was caught by Alex Gooding off the bowling of Callum Miller at 72-5.

The Miller-Gooding pairing came together to claim the wicket of Aaron Court, leaving Langford on 86-6.

West went to the accuracy of Jonathan Kear, run out for 15 – his side’s second highest score

The visitors were seven wickets down and still three runs short of the century.

O’Connell claimed his second wicket when he had Matt Bicker caught by Jordon Stone with the score 110-8.

The bowler then claimed the next wicket when he ran out Tom Puckey when the score had moved onto 119.

Tail-enders Chris Sinsbury and Ali Main played out the rest of the overs and the innings closed on 129-9.

Langford were given early hope when opener Tom Legge was bowled by Ali Main for two with the score on 10.

But the partnership between Jonathan Kear and Jordan Stone left the visitors hoping for a miracle.

Kear followed the previous week’s 111 not out with an undefeated 55 while Stone posted 51 before he was caught by Chris Sinsbury off the bowling of Tom Puckey.

Although Lydney needed just 38 runs with eight wickets in hand, Langford stick to the task.

They claimed a third wicket when Alex Antoine was caught by Jeremy Kirby off Main at 102 and four runs had been added when captain Alex Gooding was caught by Harry Stevens off Main.

Niall Holford scored a quick-fire 14 off 17 balls as he and Kear saw Lydney home.

Lydney earned 19 points from the win and remain at the top of Division Two on 81 points, nine ahead of second-placed Newent.

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