Mixed fortunes for Millers in league and cup

The Millers were again in action at Station Road and secured maximum points against second in the table Aston.

Aston won the toss and elected to bat, but Wharton and Scott opened up and soon had Aston in trouble removing the first three batsmen with only 20 on the board.

They continued to unsettle the Aston batsmen and at drinks they had slumped to 65 for 5.

Only Choudhry and skipper Shabbir made real notable contributions with 35 and 31 and Aston where eventually all out for 152 in the 34th over.

Wharton took 3-26, Scott 2-36, Hanson 2-20, Bailey 2-16 and Holmes 1-15.

The reply didn’t quite go all the Millers’ way with a couple of early wickets to fall.

Wing (18) and Bailey (20) made a start but couldn’t push on. Holmes and Thimal didn’t last too much longer but a revitalised Salmons and Wharton took to the Aston attack and ensured maximum points with and excellent solid batting display and unbeaten partnership of 102.

Wharton was the more dominant with 52 not out and Salmons with 38 not out. Choudhry with 2-56 and Azad 2-36 took the four wickets.

Langley Mill’s first team then headed to Clifton on Sunday in the Marston’s Smooth Trophy quarter-final, but ended up being sent out of the competition.

Clifton batted first and set about building a large score by putting 94 on for the first wicket.

The top four for Clifton all made scores which set a firm base for 292 off their 50 overs. Khan top scored with 96 not out and was assisted very well by the Wilson brothers who scored 65 and 47. Joyce also chipped in with 54. Wharton picked up two wickets, and there was a wicket a piece for Scott and Holmes.

The Millers started poorly in reply, Wing and Holmes back in the shed with 33 on the board.

Sajendra Thimal and Paul Bailey put on 90 but soon wickets started to tumble and the Millers were all out for 188, Bailey ending on 57.