Langley Mill held to a losing draw

LANGLEY Mill’s first XI entertained Rolleston on a very cold Saturday afternoon.

After the recent downpours this was the first game to be played at Langley Mill since September and shortened boundaries came in to play.

Rich Davey won the toss and put Rolleston in. Jeffrey Wharton and Jack Scott opened the bowling and it was Scott who took the first wicket, T Yates caught by Craig Parker.

After 15 overs Rolleston were on 59-1 and consolidating very well in tricky conditions. At this point David Farnsworth and Jay Holmes were introduced into the attack, Farnsworth being the hero from the first game with the ball.

These two bowled tight lines and Farnsworth was eventually rewarded with a wicket, that of opener G Marshall for 47. At the other end P Allen was content to run the ball around and punish any bad balls.

Andrew Bailey was the next change but he didn’t trouble the batsmen too much.

At 30 overs Rolleston were 109-2 and still had plenty of wickets left. The Millers were looking for and hoping for a 200-max run chase.

With the boundaries being short on a couple of sides of the ground this was always going to be tested. Wharton and Scott were brought back on to finish the innings off and Scott struck twice, taking the wicket of T Rutter who had been good support for Allen and also M James.

After 44 overs Rolleston were 198-4 with Allen reaching a century. He then let loose and Rolleston finished on 235-4.

Scott finished on 3 for 67 and Farnsworth was the other wicket taker with 1 for 36.

After tea the Millers took to the field with Jamie Salmons and Paul Bailey.

Bailey took the dominant role and started where he finished off against Belper a few weeks previous.

After ten overs Langley Mill were 46-2 with Holmes the other wicket to fall. Sajendra Thimal, making his first appearance of the season, was number four batsman.

The Millers were always ahead of the asking run rate with wickets in hand but then for the second time during the game the ball just rolled along the ground and Paul Bailey was the unlucky one.

This brought Wharton to the crease and he set about keeping the run rate up and at 30 overs the Millers were 135-3, needing 100 off the last 16 overs with wickets in hand.

Then a mini-collapse threatened to derail the Millers’ push for points. Thimal was first to go for 21 followed by Wharton for 36, while Andrew Bailey failed to trouble the scorers.

At 140-6 after 31 overs the Millers were now looking for as many draw points as they could get but Jack Scott had other ideas and with excellent support from Craig Parker holding one end up.

Scott blasted a quick 49 to put the Millers back in contention for an unlikely victory.

Rolleston kept changing the bowling to try and get the last few wickets but skipper Richard Davey and Parker held firm and the Millers finished on 211-8.

A Britton was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 54, Haynes and Nelson both grabbed a pair and Baker took the other.