Tight for Millers but win is secured

Langley Mill's Jeff Wharton b owls at Clay Cross on Saturday in a match his side eventually won but not with much to spare.

Langley Mill's Jeff Wharton b owls at Clay Cross on Saturday in a match his side eventually won but not with much to spare.

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Langley Mill left it late but eventually emerged victorious from their trip to Clay Cross on a blustery Saturday afternoon in North Derbyshire.

Rich Davey won the toss and asked Clay Cross to take the first knock, and the usual pairing of Jack Scott and Jeff Wharton opened up and contained the hosts very well.

After ten overs they had struggled to 18-0, before Jay Holmes was introduced and he found the breakthrough, firstly removing Brad Clarke, caught by Lewis Pinder for 13, and then Steve Eyre for a second ball duck. Clay Cross were 29-2 off 13.

Wharton took over from Scott at the other end and picked the wicket up of the other opener Harry Wilmot, caught by Sajendra Thimal for 14.

Holmes soon had his three-for by removing Matt Griffiths, caught by Wharton for 9.

Clay Cross were now 45 for 4 off 20 overs and a small score looking on the cards.

Andrew Bailey was then introduced to the attack and took a wicket with his first ball, bowling Joe Pyne for five.

Davey and Bailey then brought success again in keeping the score down and taking wickets, Bailey being the main benefactor with 4 for 38.

Davey took 2 for 9 off his seven overs to leave Clay Cross 126 all out off 44.1 overs. Wharton finished on 1 for 24 and Holmes 3 for 34.

With a small total to chase down and an extra over the Millers fancied their chances of securing a convincing victory, but as in previous weeks it all became a little shakey and the Millers just edged over the line.

Thimal and Paul Bailey opened and looked to be taking the Millers to a ten-wicket victory until Bailey was caught in the deep for 34 to leave the Millers 77 for 1 off 24 overs.

Holmes was then out cheaply but with eight wickets in hand it should have been a formality with only 34 needed.

The Millers then crashed to 110 for 6, losing five wickets for just 18 runs again.

But Pinder had other ideas and stood firm while the wickets fell around him and helped the Millers over the line with the winning runs and to finish unbeaten on 12.