Sandridge get back on track

Sandridge got back to winning ways after a disappointing loss at Dunstable with an accomplished victory over Langleybury 2nds.

Welsh wizard Williams dismissed opener Felton for a duck before a 40-run partnership threatened to take the game away from the hosts.

White pegged the rate back with a LBW and Murphy claimed a couple of wickets before a 50-run partnership took Langleybury to 140-4. The loss of opener Alam, bowled by Murphy, for a patient 57 proved the catalyst as the Ridgers took control, strangling the run rate and Ferguson picked up two quick wickets.

All looked good at 159-9 until a 17-run last over spoiled Murphy’s five-wicket stats.

Chasing 179, Rothery and Temple put on 20 before the former snicked behind off the 17-year-old son of former Essex and England bowler Mark Ilott. Having lost Temple for seven, the run rate increased significantly as skipper Peters joined Merryfield to put on 60 runs for the third wicket.

However, with Peters bowled for a quick fire 28, Merryfield holing out for 35 and Williams following in quick succession, the balance of power swung back to the visitors.

This brought veteran Ferguson to the crease and, aided by Narula in his first game of the season, a blend of careful defence and trademark aggressive shots punishing the loose deliveries, took Sandridge to the brink of victory.

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Narula perished with just nine required, leaving White to join Ferguson. The pair pulled off a flurry of shots to ensure a deserved victory.