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Langman ton sets up Stratford’s victory

Liam Moakes 23rd May, 2019

GARETH Langman smashed his maiden century for Stratford before another dazzling bowling spell from Tom Grundy secured a 105-run win away to Sutton Coldfield.

Another 24-point maximum haul keeps the Panthers in third place in the Warwickshire League Premier Division table – 20 points behind unbeaten leaders Bedworth.

Stratford will look to continue their impressive start to the season on Saturday when they face Solihull Municipal at Swans Nest Lane.

Last weekend, Stratford were put into bat and were quickly struggling at Rectory Park after losing four wickets with just 32 runs on the scoreboard.

Sutton’s Sri Lankan bowler Dinushka Nawarathnage proved particularly troublesome as he finished with 5-41 off his 15 overs but Stratford regrouped through Ed Cunnynghame (23) and Langman.

They put together a 67-run stand and, after Cunnynghame fell, Langman steered the lower order past 200. The No 6 batsman finished with an unbeaten 104 off 109 balls, smacking 13 fours.

Grundy, batting at ten, also provided a valuable contribution of 27 as Stratford reached 213-9 from their 50 overs.

Grundy then produced another devastating spell with the ball, taking his third six-wicket haul of the season with 6-38 in 15 miserly overs.

Sam Douthwaite, Dexter Purser and James Urquhart also snapped up wickets as Sutton were dismissed for 108 in the 31st over.

Stratford 2nds completed a winning double for the club after they defeated Hunningham by 33 runs in Division Four.

Despite losing the toss at Swans Nest Lane and then seeing openers Richard Sykes and Martin Beese depart cheaply, skipper Will Noble and wicketkeeper Nick Jones rescued Stratford from a dodgy start with a splendid fourth-wicket partnership.

Jones fell for 89 off 120 balls but Noble was unbeaten on 92 off 109 deliveries to leave Stratford 211-4 at the close of innings.

Noble then showed his worth with the ball, taking 3-26 as visitors Hunningham fell short on 178 all out in 47.5 overs.

Matt Hallett (3-25) swept away the latter batsmen, with Richard Smith (2-43), Henry Smith (1-41) and David Clifford (1-34) also taking wickets.

The 2nds head to Olton & West Warwicks 2nds on Saturday.

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