Millers manage to battle for a draw with Tutbury

Jay Holmes' half century proved key for Langley Mill.
Jay Holmes' half century proved key for Langley Mill.

Langley Mill’s first team entertained bottom of the table Tutbury on Saturday and salvaged a draw from what looked certain defeat.

Batting first, Tutbury amassed 248 for 5 off their allotted 46 overs.

The Millers did not start very well with the first over going for 11 and after eight overs Tutbury had raced away to 45 without loss and a large score looming.

Skipper Jeff Wharton made the breakthrough, removing Edgerton for 18 caught by Salmons in the slips.

Sam Wesson soon followed in a carbon copy except this time it was Craig Parker who grabbed the catch.

McCombe joined Manek and these two pushed the score onto 130 before McCombe became Sajendra Thimal’s first wicket.

Skipper Edwards came to the crease and after a slow start punished anything loose. Andrew Bailey and Thimal bowled two very good spells to slow the rate down as Tutbury threatened a large score, and Manek became Thimal’s second victim caught and bowled for an excellent 73.

Craig Watson joined Edwards and these two helped Tutbury to 248 for 5 off their 46 overs, Edwards finishing 84 not out and Watson 22 not out. Thimal picked up 3 for 33, Salmons and Wharton with the other two wickets.

After a poor bowling and fielding display the Millers needed to get a good start and after nine overs they were 36 for 0.

Edgerton was introduced to the attack and turned the game in Tutbury’s favour, as 43 for 1 soon became 69 for 6 and the Millers looked in disarray, Sam Wesson (3-31) and Edgerton (4-71) ripping through the top order.

Only Wing (27) and Paul Bailey (17) made double figures from the top six, but Jay Holmes and James Harrison had other ideas.

They slowly put a partnership together to bring some respectability back to the total and took the score to 143 before Harrison (28) became Manek’s only wicket.

Still with a mountain to climb the Millers dug deep and managed to salvage a draw. Holmes fell for a well crafted 53, which left Andrew Bailey (31*) and Rich Krupiak (12*) to see the last ten overs out and help gain an extra two points.