Nine-man Millers earn a fine draw

Langley Mill’s first team travelled to Tutbury with only nine men due to the late pull out of two players through illness.

But they were still able to salvage a draw as they look forward to a comfortable mid-table finish.

Tutbury won the toss and decided to bat. Jamie Salmons and Jay Holmes opened up the bowling and Salmons struck in his second over removing Ellerington for 8.

At the other end the dangerous Yeomans was punishing anything loose and after 15 overs Tutbury had reached 81-1 and a large score looked on the cards.

The introduction of Andrew Bailey and Jeffrey Wharton started to slow proceedings down, as both struck to bowl Sam Wesson and Kamal Manek.

At drinks Tutbury were 93-3. Bailey then removed danger man Yeomans with a sharp caught and bowled for 65 and then had Edwards caught by James Harrison for a duck to leave Tutbury 115-5.

Bailey continued to bowl very economically with some vicious turn and in tandem with Wharton another three wickets fell.

Kunel Manek was well caught by Holmes and then S Light was LBW before Bailey took his final wicket, caught by Craig Parker.

Bailey finished with figures of 4 for 34 off his 14 overs.

There was a run out and then Holmes picked up the last wicket to leave the Millers more than satisfied with five points at the tea break - Tutbury 188 all out in the 46th over.

Wharton finished with 3 for 59, Holmes and Salmons a wicket a piece.

With 188 on the board the Millers knew they had a task on but disaster struck as they slumped to 6 -3 off three overs and were looking at an embarrassingly low score.

Skipper Wharton joined Thimal but he soon fell for two to leave the Millers 33-4 off 10.

Andrew Bailey came and added a brisk 18 before falling to Yeomans and at drinks the Millers were 93 for 5.

With only three wickets left it looked a forgone conclusion but Thimal had other ideas and along with some excellent support from Craig Parker they began to forge a partnership that took the Millers over 100 for another point, before Thimal was then caught for an excellent 58 to leave them 106-6.

James Harrison and Craig Parker batted with restraint andgreat endeavour to ensure the Millers didn’t lose.

Parker was out in the 44th over for 29 and up strode Jordan Fredrickson who helped see off the last two overs with Harrison to give the Millers the unlikeliest of draws. Harrison finished nine not out.