By Alan Rowley
Langley Mill’s roller coaster season took another dip on Saturday when their batsmen put in a performance as dismal as the weather in failing to knock off a mediocre Trentside total of 144.
Batting first, the hosts, bottom of Division Three going into the game, started badly when Jack Scott removed openers Ryan Ayling, clean bowled for a duck, and Tom Jones, caught and bowled for two, with only 11 on the board.
Dale Winson was run out by Scott for 17 with the Trentside scoreboard showing 46, before Stephen Moran became Scott’s third victim, caught by keeper Andy Sibley for five.
Scott Dunn joined Tom Liversage and the pair took the score within sight of three figures before Dunn was caught by Sajendra Thimal, off Andrew Bailey, for 18.
Ben Liversage departed without scoring, caught by Grant Ball off Jeff Wharton who then bowled Tom Liversage for 57 - the hosts on a shaky 109 for 7.
The tail wagged a little before Trentside were all out for 144, Scott ending with 3 for 41 and Wharton 3 for 42. Skipper Bailey picked up two at a cost of 28.
The Millers’ reply was nothing short of disastrous as they slumped to 30 for 4, Jamie Salmons and Aaron Tullet, Scott and Thimal all out cheaply.
Paul and Andrew Bailey were seemingly going well when the former was bowled by Buxton for 15 and Wharton was trapped leg before for a golden duck.
The visitors now had a mountain to climb on 74 for 6 and the task was made near impossible when Andrew Bailey was also leg before to Buxton for 27 with 80 on the board.
Rich Krupiak hit a spirited unbeaten 15 but Karl Hancox removed Sibley, leg before for 7 and Ball, caught by Tivey for 3.
There was no last wicket heroics to take the Millers to victory and Fredrickson was the last batsman to depart, bowled for 3 to give Liversage his third.
For Trentside, honours were shared with Buxton picking up 3 for 8 and Liversage 3 for 38. Hancox grabbed two at a cost of 23 and Tivey’s two cost him 38.