Langley Mill fall to a heavy home loss

Watched by Langley Mill wicket-keeper Craig Parker, Ambergate batsman Wesley Thomas gets the ball away as his side inflicted a huge defeat on the Millers at Station Road.
Watched by Langley Mill wicket-keeper Craig Parker, Ambergate batsman Wesley Thomas gets the ball away as his side inflicted a huge defeat on the Millers at Station Road.

JUST a week after recording a ten-wicket win, Langley Mill firsts succumbed to a 123-run loss at home against high-flying Ambergate.

Rich Davey won the toss and asked Ambergate to take the first knock.

The usual pairing, who did most of the damage last week, of Jack Scott and Jeffrey Wharton started the new ball.

Wes Thomas and Tom Holmes started cautiously with the bat until the eighth over when Holmes edged one to keeper Craig Parker.

John Heath joined Thomas and these two batted out the next 14 overs trying to set a solid base before Wharton struck again bowling Thomas for 19.

After drinks Dave Whitely joined Heath and this pair put on 96, potentially a match-winning partnership.

At 152 for 3 Ambergate were looking at around a 220 score with seven overs left and critically seven wickets.

The bowling was rotated between Wharton, Scott and Holmes at the church end with Andrew Bailey bowling a tight line at the other end.

The last seven overs yielded 64 runs and left Ambergate with the upper hand having only lost six wickets and probably 20 or 30 too many runs after the Millers slackened during the last third of the innings.

Heath finished on 53 and Whitely 65, Wharton the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 56. Holmes picked up two wickets and Scott the other one.

In reply, Jay Holmes opened up in the absence of Jamie Salmons with Paul Bailey.

The latter was first to fall in the tenth over caught by the keeper Whitely.

This brought Sajendra Thimal to the crease and he and Holmes took the score onto 50 before Holmes was bowled for a steady 26 by Whitely.

At 50 for 2, Nick Wright joined Thimal with hopes of batting some time to get the millers close but this wasn’t to be as Thimal fell to the dangerous Shazad Ahmed for 18.

From here on there was a mini-collapse as Whitely and Ahmed took three wickets apiece to leave the Millers on the brink at 66 for 7 off 30 overs.

With Ambergate only needing nine wickets due to the absence of Craig Parker it looked a foregone conclusion but Jordan Sisson, making his first appearance for the first team in nearly three years, and Andrew Bailey dug deep to fend off the Ambergate attack and what looked like a heavy defeat suddenly had the Millers faithful thinking that a draw could be salvaged.

This wasn’t to be and Sisson fell in the 42nd over leaving the Millers all out for 93.

Bailey finished 20 not out at the other end.

This leaves the Millers with a few things to think about but the game is consigned to history and they now focus on the away trip to Aston this week, 1.30pm start.