Langley a force to watch out for

2013-11-07 00:00

ALTHOUGH he is only in his second season of club cricket, turning out for Berea Rovers’ 1st team in the Premier League, Byron Langley (19) is building a reputation as a player of value to the side and one of the first names on the team sheet come match day.

A former Glenwood High School pupil, Langley is recognised as a quick, accurate and more than useful opening bowler for Rovers. Added to his talented lower-order batting, where he has a penchant for wielding the willow to good effect, it’s clear to see he is building on what could be a promising career, barring injury.

It’s been injury that has hampered his playing time this season, although some rehab and physio work should have him at the beginning of his run-up soon.

“I hurt my shoulder, trapping a nerve while bowling in the national academy week,” he said. “I was told to rest for four weeks and I’m halfway through the ordeal, hoping to join the ranks again in the next two weeks. Sitting second on the Premier League log, it looks as though Rovers needs me to return quickly, where I can join forces with captain and fellow strike bowler Byron Whatmore.”

Last season, Langley impressed in the 1st side, bowling in tandem with Dolphins prospect Brandon Scullard. The pair opened the bowling in all but one of the matches for Rovers and at the end of the season, Langley’s stats indicated he had out-bowled Scullard.

“We have a strong side which is definitely challenging for the Premier League title this year,” said Langley. “Besides enjoying playing for a strong club, I have the added benefit of being the inaugural sponsored player at Futura Sports Agency. They attracted me to Rovers and gave me the scholarship for the year, with great backing from a strong corporate company.”

Director of cricket at Rovers, Paddy Steytler has no doubt when it comes to Langley’s talent.

“He is solid in all departments of the game and adds value as a brilliant fielder with a strong arm, a bowler who can get the big wickets when it counts and smash the ball around when needed,” he said.

“On the club’s recent tour to the UK, against Cornwood CC he bowled magnificently and we negotiated with the club for Byron to play for them next season as their overseas player. We can confirm that he signed the contract this week to play for the club in the Devon Premier League next year and this is an opportunity that could benefit him massively as a cricketer.”

Indoors, Langley is just as good, having represented South Africa at action cricket, although these days he is more focused on the outdoor version, playing action cricket occasionally. “I’ve enjoyed playing Last Man Stands cricket and I’m set for the next world championships being played in Australia next year. I’m sure it helps with my batting as I can swing lustily, which I sometimes need to do at club level.”

Steytler has fond memories of Langley bowling at the recent Last Man Stands world champs where, according to him, “he produced the ball of the tournament”. “It was in the final against eventual winners AZ Sports and he looked like England’s Jimmy Anderson. He angled the ball in to the batsman, the ball swinging away after bouncing to clip the top of off-stump,” he said.

“He has huge potential and we expect big things from him,” Steytler said.

• Big surfing fan and enjoys watching rugby and Test cricket

• Newcastle is his favourite English Premier League side

• Can’t cook much but started a chocolate brownie empire at school. Still gets school-mates asking for the recipe

• A good roti appeals to the appetite

• Played the drums since five years old and has added the guitar. Still plays both

• Reads mainly road signs and bumper stickers

• Wine tastes ugly and would rather just eat the grape

• Shutter Island is a favourite movie. Blew his mind!

Berea Rovers Cricket Club’s Byron Langley is an important player in the 1st side and an all-rounder with great potential. He will be playing club cricket in England next year.

PHOTO: supplied

Langley Lifestyle

V Paddy Steytler, Director of cricket at Rovers, talking about Byron Langley

“He is solid in all departments of the game and adds value as a brilliant fielder with a strong arm, a bowler who can get the big wickets when it counts and smash the ball around when needed.”

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