The 1stXI progressed in the midweek Twenty20 Cup but not without a scare, making heavy weather of their First Round tie with Division 3 side Langley. The Rams batting failed miserably, bowled out inside 18 overs for just 105, but the side excelled in the field and were bailed out by an attack superbly led by Simon Hare (5-18).

On a fine evening at the DASC there was little sign of the madness to come as Jake Reynolds won the toss and saw Jamie Pollard, promoted to open in the shorter format, help take 14 runs from the opening over. From there though there was a flurry of wickets as Disley looked to force the pace too soon and failed to assess conditions.

A collapse to 25-5 ensued thanks to a raft of ordinary shots before a recovery of sorts from Manusha Wettasinghe (27) and Will Ritchie (24) returned some semblance of order. The pair shared four maximums but, crucially, neither could bat through the innings as Disley failed to see out their allocation and were eventually dismissed for a shambolic 105.

Staring a humbling exit in the face, the Rams had to give it everything in the field and survived the powerplay relatively unscathed with Langley 36-2. Josh Henry (1-11) then began his spell with a wicket maiden and when Simon Hare (5-18) had Pattison caught at long-off the ball after Jamie Pollard saw his spectacular diving catch attempt unfortunately drop over the rope for six, the Rams had a foot in the door at 34-4.

From then the complexion of the game changed as some immaculate bowling tied Langley down to the point where the required rate finally became a factor. It allowed Disley to be disciplined and await the chances that were bound to arise now the visitors were finally put under some pressure.

An unlikely win was confirmed from the second ball of the 18th over when Turner holed out to deep cover, Cartwright left stranded on an unbeaten 25* having watched nine wickets fall from the other end for 47 runs. Messrs Henderson (1-16), Carson (2-19), Henry (1-11), Hare (5-18) and Wragg (1-15) were exceptional, bailing the batsmen out and setting up an away tie with Chelford in Round 2.


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