Langley Mill’s first team opened up the 2014 cricket season at Station Road against newly-promoted West Hallam and took the lion’s share of the points in a winning draw.
West Hallam won the toss and asked Langley Mill to take the first knock.
Jay Holmes (0) and Neil Wing (5) opened up but were soon back in the pavilion with the Millers on 6 for 2 after just four overs with James Lockhart taking both of the wickets.
This brought to the crease Andrew Bailey (33) who is captain again this season to join Jamie Salmons (73) and the pair put a very patient 112 on for the third wicket to steady the Millers.
Both fell in quick succession to leave the Millers 119 for 4 after 33 overs.
The experienced Paul Bailey (44*) joined Aaron Tullett (9) hoping to push the score on up to 200 but Tullett fell with the score on 135.
The Millers finally reached 216 for 6 after their 46 overs with Paul Bailey finishing 44 not out with Alex Bacon 12 not out.
The other batsman was Jack Scott who contributed 12 to the score.
For West Hallam James Lockhart took 2-45, Tom Lockhart 2-32 and there was a wicket a piece for Jeandre Ludick and Lee Barrow.
West Hallam set about chasing the just below par score for Langley Mill and started off very quickly reaching 32 after four overs.
That soon became 57 for 2 with Scott removing both openers caught by Salmons and an excellent diving catch by Bacon in the deep.
After the 12th over West Hallam had reached 70 for 2 and Andrew Bailey decided to change the bowling about.
He and Holmes came on and after the quick start West Hallam’s run rate started to slow down from above six an over to just under three an over.
In that spell of bowling Bailey picked up 2 for 31 and Holmes 2 for 47, Holmes’ first five overs going for 30 runs and his last nine for only 17.
So with the draw seemingly inevitable Bailey brought the openers back and Bacon was rewarded with a wicket to to take the Millers to eight wickets giving them a extra point.
Matt Tatler (33) was the only West Hallam player to score above 30. Scott, Bailey and Holmes all picked two wickets up, Bacon and a run out producing the other two.
All in all this was a good start for the Millers in what was a hard-fought draw, with some excellent fielding to back up the bowlers.
Next week sees them travel to Trentside where Australian Jarryd Hatton will make debut.
Man of the match was Jamie Salmons for his knock of 73 and three catches.