Langley Mill’s second team maintained the pressure on Sandiacre Town at the top of Six North with a third victory over Cutthorpe this season.
Skipper Rich Davey won the toss and put Cutthorpe in on a green track in cloudy conditions. With a weakened bowling attack, the Millers opened with occasional bowler Dan Lacey and he picked up five wickets in his 14 over spell at a cost of just 31 runs.
Simon Platts was first to go, bowled off the third ball of the game for a duck, followed soon after by James Lee, this time caught by Lacey off Davey (2-17) for six. Lacey picked up his second when he caught and bowled Tim Barlow for five leaving the visitors on 11 for 3.
Simon Barlow and Jordan Thompson took Cutthorpe to 38 before Wing caught Barlow for 15, giving Lacey his third. Three soon became four for Lacey as Ryan Cox caught Thompson one run later.
Davey picked up the wicket of Dave Whittle, spectacularly caught one handed by a diving Nick Wright for five and Lacey secured his 5-for bowling Edward Barlow for a duck. It was left to Ryan Cox (2-4) to pick up the other two wickets to fall - a score of 80 for 9 from 46 overs woefully inadequate.
Openers Neil Wing (60*) and Nick Wright (19*) wasted no time in taking the Millers to their target knocking off the runs in just over 12 overs.
Wright Cup semi-final
Langley Mill’s seconds crashed out of the Wright Cup in the semi-final at neighbours Codnor on Sunday as the hosts won by 21 runs.
Batting first, Codnor lost both openers, Darron Brown and Chris Beach, with only 28 on the board, Alex Bacon with a wicket and a run out.
Jonathan Woolley (35) was lbw to Davey and Lee Colledge (38) was run out by the same player, before Davey (3-24) had Matthew Vincent leg before for three to give the bowler his 50th wicket of the season.
Timmy Leo (10) was Davey’s third on 119 and when Neil Sparham was caught by Oliver Blake, off Steve Walker (1-50), for 27, the Millers were right on top with the score at139 for 7.
Mark Woolley (21*) added vital runs late on as Bacon (4-36) ripped through the tail picking up Parry, Ben Wood and Shaun Mills, Codnor ending on 178.
The Millers were soon 21-2 with Nick Wright and Bacon both out. Neil Wing (33), Andrew Ball (39) and Rich Krupiak (8) soon followed, and Craig Parker was run out for 24.
Davey was bowled by Leo without scoring, and despite Walker hitting an unbeaten 18 and Oliver Blake and Luke Rowley eight apiece, Langley Mill fell short by finishing 157 all out.
For Codnor, Colledge was the pick with 2 for 20.