Langley Mill first team’s rollercoaster season took another dip on Saturday when their batsmen put in a performance as dismal as the Bank Holiday weather and failed 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 2.
Dale Winson and Tom Liversage then set out to recover from the setbacks, but Winson was run out by Scott for 17 with the Trentside scoreboard showing 46.
New batsman Stephen Moran became Scott’s third victim, caught for 5, but Scott Dunn joined 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, and when Wharton bowled Tom Liversage, the hosts were on a shaky 109 for 7.
The tail wagged a little but Andrew Bailey had Simon Buxton stumped and Scott ran out Joe Bassett for 12. The last wicket was that of Ben Tivey, caught by Jordan Fredrickson for 12, giving Wharton his third.
This was a more than satisfactory performance from the bowlers with Scott netting 3-41 and Wharton 3-42. Skipper Bailey picked up 2-28.
The Millers’ reply was nothing short of disastrous as they slumped to 30-4. Jamie Salmons was first to go, for 6, followed shortly after by Aaron Tullett, for 10. Scott only contributed four before he was bowled and Thimal went for 7.
Paul Bailey and Andrew Bailey set out to put the Millers back in the game but Paul was bowled for 15 and Wharton was leg before first ball.
The visitors now had a mountain to climb on 74-6 and the task was made near impossible when Andrew Bailey was also leg before for 27. Rich Krupiak hit a spirited unbeaten 15 but Karl Hancox removed Sibley for 7 and Ball for 3. Fredrickson was the last batsman to depart, bowled for 3.
All in all, another depressing Millers batting performance which sees them slip to fifth.
Langley Mill’s second squad kept their top spot with an amazing performance at Station Road on Saturday which saw Chesterfield Barbarians, formed after an amalgamation with Sheepbridge, crushed by a whopping 171 runs.
Skipper Rich Davey won the toss and batted. The next couple of hours saw a blistering display of hitting from Neil Wing and Jay Holmes which left the Millers’ supporters open mouthed in amazement.
The openers put on 258 for the first wicket in only 30 overs before Wing was caught for 167. His massive knock came from only 95 balls and included 25 fours and 8 sixes. Holmes’s performance was more subdued, but his unbeaten 101 came at a run a ball and included 20 fours.
After hitting his maiden century just two weeks previous, 18-year-old Holmes has now hit three and is in the top ten run scorers in the entire 17-division County League.
Alex Bacon hit a brisk 23 and Andrew Ball was on six not out when Langley Mill declared on 309 for 2.
A dejected Barbarians never looked like getting close as Rich Davey picked up another six wickets to help dismiss the visitors for a mere 138. Davey’s tally of 6-27 from his 11 overs takes his season’s total to 25.
Steven Walker backed his skipper well with 3-43 and Holmes chipped in with a wicket at a cost of 18 as the Millers eased home.
The seconds remain clear at the top of 6N, 24 points ahead of Sandiacre Town. Neighbours Codnor are third, a further five points adrift, and take on fourth-placed Eckington on Saturday.