Millers beat Staveley - and the downpour

Langley Mill v Stavely Bowling for Langley Mill J Holmes.
Langley Mill v Stavely Bowling for Langley Mill J Holmes.

Langley Mill’s first team entertained Staveley Welfare at Station Road on Saturday with the rain clouds looming.

Wharton won the toss and asked Staveley to bat, hoping to pick up a few bonus points before the imminent downpour.

Scott struck first, taking Mantle’s wicket, caught by Salmons. At times, the Millers bowlers found it difficult trying to hold a very wet ball but carried on regardless in the hope of picking up those vital bonus points against the team that started top of the league.

The Bullimores got themselves in but couldn’t press on. Wharton removed all three for 44, 39 and 44 respectively. Andrew Bailey was introduced to the attack to slow it down and picked up 2-26. Staveley finished on 173 from their allotted 36 overs.

Rain was still in the air and the Millers, not wanting to fall into the same trap as last week, set off with much determination. The opening pairing of Salmons and Paul Bailey put on 100 before the rain came. After a short delay, the Millers had seven overs taken off, meaning they only had seven overs remaining to chase down the 63 runs still required.

With wickets in hand, they only had one thing in mind and this was to go for the win. Wickets did fall but they made the target with an over to spare. Salmons (53), Bailey (48) and Thimal (22) were the main run scorers but extras also deserve a mention (32).

This was an excellent return after last week which leaves the Millers in third, three points behind the leaders.

They visit Sandiacre 2nds next week, while Sandiacre 3rds visit Station Road to take on the second team.

On Sunday, the second team travel to Belper Amateurs to start the defence of the Wright Cup. All games start at 1.30pm.