League win and a cup final secured

Kimberley second XI bowler James Mann is pictured in action against local rivals Eastwood Town on Saturday
Kimberley second XI bowler James Mann is pictured in action against local rivals Eastwood Town on Saturday

Langley Mill seconds enjoyed a great weekend with a convincing league win on Saturday followed by earning a place in the Wright Cup final on Sunday.

On Saturday, the Millers welcomed Matlock to Station Road on a warm afternoon for a Division 5N league game

Millers skipper Andrew Ball won the toss for Langley Mill and elected to field.

Matlock got off to a very slow start with the bat, only able to accumulate 22 runs in the first ten overs.

Matlock continued to go on steadily with the bat but tight Langley Mill bowling restricted them to 87-2 off 29 overs.

From this stage, however, Matlock looked to push on and post a healthy total.

This wouldn’t happen though due to some good bowling from the Langley Mill pace attack.

Matlock crumbled to 154-9 in their 46 overs a score that looked to be below par.

Stand in captain Matt Haywood was the pick of the Matlock batting with a very patient 44.

Alex Bacon, Stewart Mee and Grant Ball all bowled well for the second XI with two, three and four wickets respectively.

Langley Mill looked to cruise away in the run chase as they were 66-0 at the ten over mark.

A few wickets spread around the Matlock bowlers gave them some hope but this proved to be the Millers’ day.

Birthday boy Neil Wing carried the innings for the second XI with a extraordinary 87-ball 101 not out to see the Millers home as they reached the target in the 28th over and with six wickets still to spare.

It was a very convincing win for the Millers who will look to carry this on in the league when they go away to local rivals Codnor this weekend in what is sure to be a well contested match.

l On Sunday, the Millers beat Rolls-Royce Leisure by 62 runs to reach the Wright Cup final.

The Millers batted first and again Neil Wing was in fine form with a half century, which along with an impressive 73 from Andrew Ball contributed to a 127-run opening stand which would ultimately prove crucial.

Dan Lacey weighed in with an unbeaten 60 further down the order, as Langley Mill eventually finished their 45 overs 233-6.

Ilyas Mohammed took 4 for 42.

In reply Rolls Royce made a reasonable attempt to overcome the target but once opener Vasif Ali was out for 54 with the score at 141-5, their hopes dwindled and the Millers bowled them out for 171, Stuart Mee the star man with 5 for 26.

Langley Mill will now play Melbourne Town in the Wright Cup Final at Ilkeston Rutland’s Recreation Ground on Sunday, August 19, the match starting at 12.30pm.