LANGLEY Mill’s first XI returned to form with a three wicket victory at windswept Holmewood on Saturday.
Jamie Salmons carried his bat through the innings recording his second century of the season to finish unbeaten on 102 as the Millers inched home with one ball remaining.
Skipper Andrew Bailey won the toss on a cold, blustery afternoon and, for a change, decided to put the opposition in. This decision looked to have been correct as Holmewood slumped to 32 for 3.
Danny Ashley was first to go, keeper Andy Sibley taking a great diving catch off Jack Scott to send the batsman back with just four to his name.
Holmewood lost their second wicket when Phil Stone left a ball from Grant Ball which cut back in and bowled him for a duck, and with the score on 32, Scott struck again removing David Gray, clean bowled for 12.
But opener Gavin Horton and Josh Goodhand revived the hosts, taking them to 64 before Scott bowled Goodhand for nine.
Horton was then joined by his twin brother Jamie and the pair thrashed the Millers’ bowlers to all parts putting on a 155 run partnership for the fifth wicket before Jamie was caught by Sibley off Ball for 83.
Gavin Horton reached his hundred before Scott struck again, removing Chris Goodhand, and Horton went for one big shot too many with the score on 261 and he picked out Andrew Bailey on the square leg boundary and departed for 135, giving Ball his third wicket.
Michael Saville didn’t trouble the scorers as he was clean bowled by Scott, who picked up his fifth victim to take 5 for 47, but Luke Slater (2 not out) and Tom Taylor (5 not out) took the hosts to a very respectable 264 for 8 at the end of their 46 overs.
Ball’s figures were 3 for 72 on a difficult day for the bowlers.
As Langley Mill replied, Jamie Horton picked up a quick three wickets removing Aaron Tullett for 13, Sajendra Thimal for 2 and Scott for 19.
At 68 for 3, the Millers were looking shaky, but Salmons held his end up well and he and Paul Bailey put on 102 runs before Bailey was also caught behind two runs short of his fifty.
Andrew Bailey took over from his brother and some tight bowling saw the Millers getting bogged down as the run rate started to climb.
Salmons reached his ton and soon afterwards Bailey was caught by Gavin Horton, off his brother’s bowling, for 30.
Jeff Wharton hit a brisk ten runs to put the Millers back on top before he was well caught by Taylor, off Gavin Horton.
Jamie Horton clean bowled Sibley first ball as this see-saw game swung once more, but Salmons and Rich Krupiak (3 not out) took the Millers to an excellent 22 points in the final over.
For the hosts, Jamie Horton returned 5 for 66 and there was a wicket each for Walker and Gavin Horton.
A FIRST ever senior century for promising youngster Jay Holmes, and a superb all round performance from Andrew Ball, saw the Millers seconds to a comfortable 147 run victory against Breadsall.
Langley Mill batted first and accumulated a huge 253 for 4 in their 46 overs. Holmes’ century contained 13 fours and two sixes and he was ably assisted by Ball whose 74 included 7 fours and three sixes.
Neil Wing chipped in with 17 at the top of the order and Craig Parker hit a brisk unbeaten 17 later on. Bowler Joe Holmes took 2 for 56.
When Breadsall replied they could only slump to a disappointing 106 all out in the 37th over.
Neil Toothill top scored with a modest 17 and only three others batsmen reached double figures.
Ball completed a great day’s work with five wickets at a cost of 34 runs from his eight overs as Alex Bacon returned figures of 2 for 16. Holmes chipped in at the end picking up 2 for 26 and skipper Rich Davey took the other wicket to fall.