LANGLEY Mill’s openers scored a whopping 202 runs between them as they breezed past Alrewas to move one step closer to promotion.
Chasing 244 for victory, Paul Bailey hit a patient 108 not out while Jeff Wharton, opening the batting for the first time for the Millers, blasted a 53 ball 94.
On a blustery afternoon, skipper Andrew Bailey won the toss for the Millers and asked Alrewas to take first knock on a green track. Openers Tom Chapman and Ollie Broadway then put on a 124 run partnership before Chapman was out caught by Jay Holmes, off Wharton, for 74.
It wasn’t until the 37th over that the visitors lost their second wicket when Broadway was bowled by Holmes for 53. Jonathan Cole and Chris Chapman took the visitors past 200 before Cole was run out for 56 with the score on 222.
In the quest for quick runs, Alrewas lost Chapman, bowled by Jack Scott for 28 and on the same score of 243, Scott bowled Rafe Payne first ball leaving Alrewas on a reasonable 243 for 5 at the end of their innings.
For Langley Mill, Scott’s two came for an expensive 62. Holmes returned figures of 1 for 31 from his five and Wharton 1 for 47 from his 14 overs.
The Millers took the unusual step of opening with bowler Wharton, who had to leave the game early for family commitments.
After a steady start, Wharton laid into the Alrewas attack, his 94 runs including nine fours and six sixes.
When he was out, caught by Nick Richards off the bowling of Matt Williams with the score on 143, the Millers had only used up 16 overs.
Paul Bailey took over when Wharton left hitting a 114 ball 108 which included 19 fours and 3 sixes.
The Millers lost Neil Wing, bowled by Williams for 10, and Sajendra Thimal, caught by keeper Chris Chapman off the same bowler for 3.
Richards grabbed the wickets of Holmes, caught by Tom Chapman for a duck and Alex Bacon, bowled for 16, but Bailey saw the hosts home by five wickets with nine overs remaining.
Williams was the pick of the Alrewas bowling, his three wickets costing 55 runs. Richards returned figures of 2 for 48.