Millers beat Shipley Hall by ten wickets

Under the watchful eyes of Langley Mill wicketkeeper Craig Parker, Shipley Hall opener Mark Starr make a cautious start against the accurate Millers opening bowlers.
Under the watchful eyes of Langley Mill wicketkeeper Craig Parker, Shipley Hall opener Mark Starr make a cautious start against the accurate Millers opening bowlers.

LANGLEY Mill’s first team recorded an impressive ten-wicket victory over Shipley Hall with the job finished before drinks.

The hosts batted first and were soon in trouble with dangerous opening pair of Jack Scott and Jeffrey Wharton.

After ten overs Shipley were 31-3 with Scott picking up Mark Starr and Thomas Starr, James Cokayne the other victim for Wharton.

Andrew Bailey was introduced into the attack with a view to keeping the opening pair rotating at the other end.

Bailey took the wicket of Terry Gainey in his second over and the hosts were on the brink of a collapse at 40-4.

But former Miller Danny Hanson was determined to make his mark on the game until Wharton bowled him for 25.

Danny Haddon was next to fall and Shipley were 56-6. At this point Scott Parkin and skipper Ryan North dug deep to bat some time and chip away at the score.

These pair had the highest partnership of the innings (27) until Scott claimed his third wicket caught by Wharton.

At the other end Bailey was finding his rhythm for the first time this year and keeping the score down.

At 84-7 the hosts desperately needed runs but that failed to materialise as Bailey took two wickets in his final over.

Wharton took the last wicket of Martin Starr to leave Shipley 88 all out.

The Millers’ impressive bowling of Wharton 4-27, Scott 3-31 and Bailey 3-28 had done their job and now for the batsman to complete theirs.

After tea the usual pairing of Paul Bailey and Jamie Salmons took to the crease looking to push home the good start by the bowlers.

As in previous weeks Bailey took the more aggressive stance and punished anything which required despatching.

As the innings wore on Salmons began to find his shots and by the end of the innings both Bailey and Salmons finished on 40 not out.

Graham Farnsworth was the only notable bowler with six overs and five maidens from the seven bowlers used.

Langley Mill move into second with this victory behind Rolleston.

This week Langley Mill entertain third-placed Ambergate at Station Road.

The game has a 1.30pm start.