County League: Egerton Park claim good draw at leaders Langton

Zaheer Hussain's 92 was crucial in Egerton Park's draw at Langtons EMN-150818-131000002
Zaheer Hussain's 92 was crucial in Egerton Park's draw at Langtons EMN-150818-131000002
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Egerton Park’s positive approach paid off as they netted 11 points at Division Three runaway leaders Langtons.

The losing draw brought Park level with Illston Abbey, who only managed three points, and within five points of second-placed Newbold Vernon who Park play in the last game of the season.

Egerton Park won the toss and decided to bowl first and looked to take control of the game as they reduced the home side to 112-6.

But on a ground difficult to prevent a healthy scoring rate, a stand of 124 swung the momentum back towards the top of table side.

A couple of missed chances may have cost a few runs, but when Glover returned to mop up the tail, with Joe Barnard, Park went in tea reasonably happy having bowled the hosts out in the last over for 235.

At one stage it looked as if Park would be chasing 270 or 280, but 230 to 240 looked to be a par score.

Park’s reply started brightly with Richard Bailey timing the ball particularly well. But after a couple of Joe Root-style boundaries he was only able to guide a square cut straight to the point fielder who took the catch.

A rare middle order failure damaged Park’s chances of victory as the Langtons two left-arm spinners controlled the game.

There remained a glimmer of hope while Zaheer Hussain (92) was at the crease, but when he fell eight short of yet another century, Haffenden and Barnard were left to bat out a draw.

Their positive approach was rewarded with further valuable batting and draw points.

* On Saturday, Park host Syston Town Second XI which will be combined with the club’s annual Past Players and Members Lunch.

Langtons: 235.

Bowling: K. Panchal 6-1-24-0; N. Watchorn 12-2-58-3; T. Glover 10.2-0-53-4; Z. Hussain 7-0-39-0; J. Blunt 6-0-35-0; J. Barnard 3-0-14-2.

Egerton Park: R. Bailey 16, B. Simons 6, Z. Hussain 92, T. Glover 0, J. Blunt 10, D. Burdett 7, T. Mold 2, K. Panchal 21, N. Watchorn 6, R. Haffenden 6*, J. Barnard 4*, Extras 22. Total: 192-9.