Langley Mill CC stay in title race

Langley Mill batsman Sajendra Thimal.
Langley Mill batsman Sajendra Thimal.

Langley Mill CC moved back up to second place with a winning draw against South Wingfield as the promotion race hots up.

The Millers travelled to South Wingfield looking to have a reaction from last week, and they did just that by blitzing 313-5.

Wingfield won the toss and asked the Millers to take the first knock. Skipper Bailey promoted himself up the order and opened with Pinder.

They started off cautiously but it was not long before Pinder (5) was back in the shed and the Millers 8-1.

Jamie Salmons came in at three and started to push the ball around to increase the run rate. He brought his 50 up but then followed this by getting out the next ball. He and Bailey had put on 73 for the second wicket.

Soon after this Bailey (18) fell and the Millers were 91-3 off 23 overs, Rob Swallow getting Bailey LBW and bowling a tight line.

From here on in Langley Mill consolidated for a while before letting loose. Paul Bailey (53) and Thimal added 109 for the fourth wicket in 17 overs and the Millers’ total passed 200.

They were realistically looking at around 250 at this stage, but Thimal had other ideas and smashed a 62-ball 107 not out, the last 50 coming off just 16 balls.

This included 14 fours and six sixes. He was supported firstly by Hanson (15) and then Tullett (31 off 11 balls) to push the Millers onto 313-5 off 46 overs.

Rob Swallow was the only economical bowler for Wingfield with the other bowlers having a day to forget. Brady picked up 2-113, Brown 2-72 and Swallow 1-32.

In reply, South Wingfield started off looking like they where after chasing this huge total down, racing to 68 without loss off just 10 overs before Jack Scott struck with two wickets in three balls., firstly removing Dunn (26) and then Green (0) to leave Wingfield 68-2.

The Millers changed their bowling about to try to find some wickets, but a partnership of 98 between Liam Mitchell and Steve Shuttleworth brought the only possible result of a draw until Hanson was introduced to the attack.

He picked up two quick wickets, firstly Shuttleworth (62) and then Jones (0) both bowled and the Millers sensed a few more wickets.

Lacey was bowling a tight line at the other end and was rewarded by having Mitchell (52) stumped by Pinder. This left Wingfield 178-5 off 34 overs.

Thimal was introduced to the attack and picked two wickets up in his first over and suddenly the Millers’ tails were up at 184-7 with eight overs still remaining

In the end it simmered out in to a draw with Wingfield batting out for 207-8 to give the Millers 20 points.

This Saturday week sees Langley Mill entertain Nutbrook, who are occupying third place with a game in hand, so it promises to be a cracker. Earlier on in the year the Millers took maximum points against them and will be hoping for a repeat.

Sunday sees the Millers back in Twenty20 action in the finals day at Elvaston, hoping to go one better than last year. They start at 10am against Marehay and ,should they progress, either Duffield or Stainsby await in the final.