Weather thwarts Millers’ first XI

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Langley Mill entertained local rivals Denby on Saturday but saw the clash eventually abandoned due to heavy rain.

Denby were asked to bat first by Millers skipper Jeff Wharton and Stephen Payne quickly cut one to Paul Bailey in the gully for nought.

But Denby settled and Ross Perry-Taylor and Rob Peat set a solid second wicket partnership to get their side to 91-1 before a two-hour rain delay intervened.

Hard work by players and officials got the game back underway and Perry-Taylor was immediately out for 50, caught by Jack Scott in the deep off Andrew Bailey.

Denby went on to record 199-6, Peat hitting a fine 84 not out and Jay Holmes (twice, Andrew Bailey and Scott adding further wickets.

Langley Mill had 30 overs to play for and were cruising at five per over until Jamie Salmons was caught at mid-off to leave them 25-1.

Holmes departed quickly before Scott joined Paul Bailey and the pair were scoring freely until Scott fell for 24.

A draw was always going to be the outcome but with bonus points on offer Sajendra Thimal came in and blasted a quick 22, aided by Paul Bailey’s 51 not out to give the Millers an extra batting point.

l The second XI are still on course for a league and cup double after a winning draw at bottom side Belper Amateurs.

Batting first, Langley Mill made light work of the opening attack, putting 118 on for the first wicket, Andrew Ball falling for 40.

At the other end Neil Wing, one of the top five scorers for the county, was intent on making sure they had a solid platform.

He scored his third hundred of the year and helped the Millers to 202 off their 39 overs.

The game had been reduced to 39 overs per side due to the downpour from the night before, P Spencer the stand out bowler for the Amateurs with 5 for 38.

Belper’s innings never really got started and if it wasn’t for Oli Deeming it could have been over quite early, as he scored 46 out of their 83 for 5.

Some very economical bowling by the Millers included Steven Bailey’s eight overs for seven runs picking up two wickets in the process, Langley Mill finishing with 18 points to Belper’s four.