Millers edged out by Sandiacre

Andrew Bailey took three wickets as Langley Mill fell just short against Sandiacre.
Andrew Bailey took three wickets as Langley Mill fell just short against Sandiacre.

Langley Mill’s first team produced a spirited fightback but ultimately fell to defeat at Sandiacre on Saturday.

Skipper Jeff Wharton lost the toss and the Millers were asked to bat first, with Lewis Pinder promoted up the order to open with Paul Bailey.

These two found the going really hard early on against the bowling of Kev Newbold and Jay Harper.

The Millers slumped to 21 for 3 off 16, Newbold’s first seven overs all maidens for one wicket.

Birthday boy Jay Holmes stood firm and had several batting partners but eventually fell for a well-fought 45, bowled by Harper.

Wharton made the only other significant contribution of 24 and the Millers where eventually all out for 126.

The Millers come out after tea and knew they needed to get early wickets to stand any chance of making Sandiacre nervous.

Jack Scott did just that and had Dave Jordison caught second ball by Pinder.

At the other end Newbold blasted a quickfire 41 and at this point Sandiacre where 78 for 3 and seemingly cruising to victory.

Wharton changed the bowling and introduced Andrew Bailey and Sajendra Thimal and suddenly the runs slowed down and the wickets started to fall.

The score was 92 for 6 and the result was hanging in the balance for both sides.

Sandiacre skipper Gareth Goodall blasted 22 and then threw his wicket away with only three runs required.

At 124 for 8 the result could still have gone either way. Bailey took his third wicket but in the end Sandiacre nudged the two runs for victory but were pushed all the way by a determined Millers side.

Scott took 2 for 24, Bailey 3 for 39, Thimal 2 for 16 and Danny Hanson was the other wicket taker.

Sandiacre’s third team made the short trip to Station Road to face Langley Mill’s second XI.

Captain Gareth Davis won the toss and put the Millers into bat on a damp day.

Sandiacre quickly dismissed Ball (6) and Mee (2), both falling to the bowling of Taylor.

Neil Wing (38) ensured the middle order got the score ticking along, with Nick Wright once again holding the innings together with a superb 76 before falling to Jordan Standring.

By this point, the Millers where starting to take control and debutant Daniel Pheasent’s very useful 61 meant Langley Mill finished on 220 for 7.

Sandiacre’s reply never really got going due to a superb spell from Steven Walker (6 for 41)who ripped through the top of the order including danger man Attwood.

Sandiacre were bowled out for 71 with Steven Bailey also picking up three wickets.

On Sunday, Wright Cup holders Langley Mill once again locked horns with old rivals Belper Amateurs in the first round of the competition.

Amateurs asked Langley Mill to bat first and Marhlam removed Mee for a duck in only the third over.

With Arron Tullet and Andrew Ball the Millers where able to once again build from the front. Tullet was the aggressor before finally falling to Pickering for 51 and Ball with an ever-reliant 52 before being bowled with the score at 140.

Wright (22) and Lacey (25) also chipped in to leave the Millers with a favourable total of 202.

In reply, Amateurs lost early wickets with both Walker and Alex Bacon removing the openers, but a quickfire 56 from captain Jamie Deeming kept the run chase alive.

But Bacon (4 for 22) produced a spell of bowling to remove Deeming and put to bed any chance of a Belper victory, eventually bowed out for 168.