Wright Cup joy for Langley Mill second XI

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There was joy for Langley Mill United’s second XI on Sunday as they claimed the 2012 Wright Cup with victory over Division Five South leaders Melbourne Town.

Batting first the Millers made steady progress and after 10 overs the score had reached 41 without loss, b ut within a few overs they had lost two wickets as Ball was bowled by Newton for 29 and then Pinder caught by Slater off Meakin.

The dangerous Neil Wing was still at the crease but he and Nick Wright fell within an over of each other, Wing for 47.

The Millers needed someone to dig deep and score some runs and this came in the form of Oliver Blake.

He started patiently and then punished the bad balls and effectively held the middle order together when a collapse looked on the cards.

Alex Bacon joined Blake at the crease and these two took the Millers up to 150 before Bacon fell and then Blake not long after for an excellent 33.

In the end the Millers ended on 166 for 9 off their 45. This score seemed well below par but it was only half way into the game, Meakin the pick of the bowlers with 4 -20.

On Ilkeston’s large ground the Millers knew they needed to field and bowl like never before or the Wright Cup would slip away.

Steve Walker made the early breakthrough with a sharp catch from Bacon inthe gully to leave Melbourne 36-1.

Bacon then had danger man Rossi trapped LBW for nought and Walker bowled opener Humpidge for 23. The same combination then had Allaway out for four to leave Melbourne on the brink at 57 for 4.

Wickets kept tumbling and Steven Bailey and Paul Leatherland were introduced to the attack and made the inroads to swing the tie back in the Millers favour.

Melbourne slipped to 118 for 7 off 33 with Bailey picking up two wickets, both LBW, and then holding onto one off Leatherlands bowling.

With ten overs to go Melbourne needed 45 to win and the Millers three wickets.

Bacon was introduced back into the attack and picked the wicket of Briers for 21, caught by Pinder.

Skipper Andrew Ball enticed Newton into a false shot who was excellently caught by Pinder with a catch that had the crowd roaring yet again, with the win sealed in the last over as Robertson went for two runs on the last ball but fell short and was run out to the jubilation of the large Millers crowd.

Walker picked up 3 for 43, Bailey and Bacon two wickets apiece and a wicket each for Leatherland and Ball.