Langley Mill title push hit by the rain

Langley Mill batsman Aaron Tullett
Langley Mill batsman Aaron Tullett

Langley Mill secured a rain-affected draw at relegation-threatened Ockbrook as they looked to push on in their quest to reach Division One.

Skipper Bailey won the toss and batted looking to build a total ready to apply pressure later on.

This was not the case as the Millers slumped to 40-4 off only 10 overs and an early finish was looking likely.

Inconsistent bounce did not help the Millers, but they knew they had a huge rebuilding task.

Last week’s hero Thimal was still at the crease, but had to play within himself to try and give the Millers a respectable total and something to bowl at.

He did just that and helped the millers up to 192 off their allotted 46 overs.

He was well supported by Hanson (15), Tullett (12) and Scott (21), who batted time with him before he eventually fell for 81 himself.

After this skipper Bailey (4 not out) and Parkin (3 not out) saw out the remaining overs.

For Ockbrook Connors was the pick of the bowling with 4-39, while Gough and Morgan picked up two wickets a piece.

On that deck it looked a reasonable score considering the start they had, but the rain intervened and juiced the pitch up bringing a more consistent bounce and Ockbrook fancied it.

With so much time being lost it turned into a time game and Ockbrook had 19 overs.

Ockbrook started off fairly rapidly racing to 47 off 7 before Jack Scott picked up his first wicket since returning to bowling since injury.

At one point it looked as though Ockbrook would get a little closer as George Morgan came in and smashed a quick 16 along with Ben De Vos (48) ponching it around from the off.

The Millers slowed up the run rate and it simmered out into a rain affected abandonment as Oli Gough scored 24 not out to get Ockbrook an extra point.

For the Millers, Lacey picked up two wickets and there was a wicket a piece for Scott, Holmes and Thimal as the score finished on 128 for 6.

So with most games being affected by the rain the league table stays pretty much the same.

Next week is arguably the game of the season so far as first play second with the visit of West Hallam.

Earlier in the season West Hallam got the better half of a draw with the Millers hanging on.

Whoever gets the better of this game will certainly be in the driving seat for the title with just five games to play. Its a 1.30pm start.