Silksworth let winning chance slip away

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LANGLEY PARK took full advantage of the fact that every other game was abandoned in Division Two, and the 27 points they took from their five-wicket win over Silksworth lifted them to the top of the table alongside Durham City.

But the Silksworth lads were left to wonder where it all went wrong as they looked in control of their own destiny for large chunks of the game.

Micky Waterson played a real captain’s innings – his 79 included nine fours and two sixes – and, alongside Paul Howe (34), he helped the visitors raise a more than respectable 42-over total of 166-7.

Then, when Langley Park lost their top five batters for a paltry 23 runs as Kieran Laws (3-15) made impressive early inroads, the contest looked as good as over.

But Langley burst into life, veteran Keith Smith joining skipper Jamie Winn in a glorious match-winning stand.

The pair took the game away from the visitors in breathtaking style, a flurry of boundaries rushing the hosts to their win with just two balls remaining. Winn hit eight fours and a six to end on 55 not out, while Smith cracked eight fours and six sixes in a fabulous unbeaten 77.