Langley Mill Utd (12pts) 237-7 [46 overs] (P Bailey 57, N Wing 41, D Hanson 32, J Scott 38, I Burgoyne 4-70) match abandoned v Denby (12pts) 155-2 [39 overs] (R Perry Taylor 80, J Simms 40*)
Langley Mill’s first XI started their home campaign against local rivals Denby on a very cold rainy April afternoon.
Batting first, only one over of the Millers’ innings had been bowledwhen the rain came, but after the re-start the hosts settled down and got amongst the Denby attack of Cresswell and Simms.
Paul Bailey and Neil Wing punished anything loose until Wing fell to a mis-timed shot for 41, the Millers 80 for 1 off 15 and looking to post a large total.
Jay Holmes (22) and Lewis Pinder (8) fell quickly and then Bailey became one of Burgoyne’s four victims for the day for a well crafted 57.
At 150 for 4 off 36 the hopes of a large total where dropping until Danny Hanson and Jack Scott came together and scored some quick runs.
Hanson fell for 32 while Scott finished on 38 not out, with Craig Parker chipping in with 14.
In reply and in what was now a time game, a draw seemed the more logical outcome unless one side could get of to a good start.
The Millers made the breakthrough in the seventh over, removing Steven Payne for 18.
But Ross Perry Taylor held the innings together with a patient 80 and was the only other wicket to fall.
He was assisted by Jonathon Simms who finished 40 not out.
Captain Jeff Wharton tried several options to gain some wickets but Denby held firm and finished 155 for 2 off 39 overs. This gave both teams 12 points each.