Sandiacre hold on to frustrate hosts

Langley Mill United firsts returned to action on Saturday against Sandiacre and came away with a winning draw.

They where hoping to turn around their poor home form after two defeats in the last two home fixtures, but skipper Andrew Bailey lost the toss again and was duly asked to bat first on a damp track.

He and Neil Wing opened up and it was Bailey who fell first for six with the score on 26.

This brought Jamie Salmons to the crease and the pair built a steady partnership of 74 to put the Millers in a strong position before Wing fell for a powerful 73 and then Salmons for 26 within an over of each other.

James Harrison was promoted up the order to help steady the ship did just that in holding the positive start together.

Paul Bailey (12) and Aaron Tullett (0) fell in quick succession to leave the Millers 134 for 5 off 29 overs but Danny Hanson and Harrison took the score to 185 before Hanson was bowled for 37 and Harrison went for 52 in the last over.

Jay Holmes (13) and Jack Scott (19 not out) hit some big late runs to leave the Millers in a very commanding position of 252 for 9 off their 46 overs.

Sandiacre’s innings started well with Kev Newbold (16) at the crease but then two wickets fell in quick succession with Holmes taking two catches to leave Sandiacre 46 for 2 off 11 overs.

But after this point Sandiacre shut up shop with no intent on going for the runs, and this coupled with several dropped catches meant there would be only one result.

Holmes bowled Anderson (41) to break a partnership of 63 from 20 overs. Andrew Bailey joined the attack and took 3 wickets to have the millers starting to believe they could force a result, but in the end Sandiacre held out and finished on 160 for 6, Bailey’s spell the highlight with 3 for 26.

Man of the match was Neil Wing for his powerful 73 at the top of the innings.