In-form Millers make it three wins on the bounce

Simon Lacey took six wickets for Langley Mill.
Simon Lacey took six wickets for Langley Mill.

Langley Mill United secured their sixth 27-point win of the season and their third in a row to take them back to the top five in the division as they won at Lullington Park on Saturday.

Lullington won the toss and elected to field but the Millers top order should have made more of the conditions, as six of their first seven batsmen made over 20 runs but no-one made more than 35.

Brandrick (35), Salmons (32), Ladd-Gibbon (26), Heafield (28), Van der Walt (20) and Farnsworth (24) all contributed but at 190 -7 down it felt like an opportunity had been missed to make a really big score.

As on many occasions, however, the lower order batsmen came through with handy contributions from Holmes (13), Heafield (15) and Lacey (15) taking the score to a respectable 244 all out.

In reply, Lullington made a steady start despite the loss of an early wicket to Jay Holmes, as overseas player Karl Birkenstock (61) together with Luke Jenkinson (35) put on 87 for the second wicket.

The Millers’ opening bowlers, Scott and Holmes, bowled tightly and economically but it wasn’t until the introduction of off-spinner Simon Lacey that wickets started to fall with regularity.

Birkenstock’s run out by David Farnsworth started the slide that saw the last eight Lullington wickets fall for a mere 46 runs, Lacey taking 6 for 42 runs.

Farnsworth took the other two wickets to continue his golden streak, taking his total to nine league wickets since his recall to the side three matches ago.