Millers fall just three runs short of victory

Langley Mill’s first team made the long journey to Tutbury only to come back with eight points instead of the full 22.

Millers’ Jeff Wharton won the toss and asked Tutbury to bat against the opening pairing of Danny Hanson and Jack Scott.

Hanson was first to take a wicket, caught by Scott in the slips and a 30-1 Tutbury were hoping to avoid another heavy defeat having been bowled out for around a 100 in their previous two games.

Opening batsman Andy Luffman stood firm against the excellent bowling of Scott, taking a few bruises along the way, but eventually fell when Scott sent one the other way to remove his off peg.

From here on wickets fell at regular intervals but runs were being scored. Three of the Tutbury batsmen got into the 20s but didnt take it any further.

Hanson picked two wickets up from his spell of eight overs for 35 runs and Scott one wicket.

A change of bowling saw Jay Holmes and Wharton introduced and it wasnt long before Holmes was in the wickets, taking a couple before Andrew Bailey was introduced to slow it down a little.

Bailey took three wickets, all well caught in the deep, and Tutbury were all out for 154 from 39 overs.

The Millers with only ten men, had put an excellent shift in, and fancied their chances.

Jamie Salmons and Paul Bailey opened and Salmons was back to his vintage best, dispatching anything loose.

But as Salmons was taking control, wickets began to fall at the other end.

As with the Tutbury innings no one really got going and the result started to hang in the balance.

The Millers went from 105 for 2 to 152 all out, just three runs short of victory.

Mark Norton bowled an excellent spell and picked up five wickets, while Kyle Chadfield picked up three wickets to wrap the game up. Salmons top scored with 55.

Langley Mill 2nds returned to action hosting Chesterfield Barbarians in an epic encounter at Station Road.

Skipper Andrew Ball won the toss and put the visitors in to bat.

The Barbarians got off to a good start with openers Keighley (37) and Fowkes (16) pushing along the score into the 40s before Fowkes was caught by Oliver Blake off the bowling of Grant Ball.

The middle order, along with Keighley, all chipped in with reasonable scores and eventually posted a score of 235 for 7 off their allotted 46 overs, Fletcher making 53 and Chambers 55 and Grant Ball and Richard Davey with a deserved three wickets apiece.

The Millers set off in spectacular fashion with opening pair Andrew Ball and Stuart Mee putting on 138 for the first wicket.

Mee feasted on the Barbarians bowling attack with a blistering 81 before he was caught on the boundary in the 27th over.

Ball once again showed some great early season form with another half century before being removed LBW by B Chambers with the score at 154.

With a great start the Millers started to stutter and the run chase looked to be slipping away.

However, Nick Wright played an excellently-paced innings that ensured his engineered knock of 42 not out did not go in vain as the Millers romped home needing four off the last over.

Richard Davey (17 not out) pummelledthe ball straight back past Fowkes with two balls to spare to send the Millers support into raptures.

Man of the match was Stuart Mee for the fantastic 81 that gave the Millers a foundation for chasing down the total.