Millers are back up to second spot

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by Alan Rowley

Langley Mill moved back up to second in Division Three after looking dead and buried against Trentside on Saturday.

The Millers slumped to 57-5, but a middle order rebuild took them to a challenging total.

On a cloudy afternoon, Trentside skipper Tom Liversage won the toss and bowled.

With only 17 on the board, the decision was vindicated as both Langley Mill openers were back in the shed.

In favourable conditions, Ben Tivey picked up four wickets in quick succession and, with half the team out, the Millers needed to rebuild.

Jay Holmes hit a patient 29 and Andy Sibley a fine 66 to give the Millers something to bowl at.

The Trentside reply started cautiously, the 50 not coming up until the 20th over.

The visitors were reduced to 128-5 and the Millers were sensing an unlikely victory.

With 18 needed, the ninth wicket fell but the last two batsmen held on for a draw.

For Langley Mill, Ball was the bowling pick with 3-39.

In an extremely tight division, the Millers move up to second place

Second XI

Big hitting Neil Wing passed 1,000 runs for the season with a magnificent 99 against Chesterfield Barbarians on Saturday to take the Millers nearer to a deserved promotion.

Wing’s innings included 12 fours and five sixes as Langley Mill picked up 19 points for the draw which maintains pressure on leaders Sandiacre Town.

Batting first, the Millers raced away, putting on 75 for the first wicket

Craig Parker joined Wing and took the score to 164 before Wing edged a Lawson ball to keeper David Atkin to depart one short of his ton. Parker then took over the lead and blasted a 33-ball 43.

The Barbarians reply started in disastrous fashion as opening bowlers Ball and Walker demolished the top order as the hosts slumped to 19-5.

With the Millers looking for an early finish, Barbarians skipper Jack Fletcher stopped the rot, aided by Fawbert.

The pair put on a 95 run partnership, which crucially used up 35 overs.