Millers ease to victory at home

Langley Mill batsman Daniel Lacey strikes out to add runs to the board against Aston-on-Trent on Saturday.
Langley Mill batsman Daniel Lacey strikes out to add runs to the board against Aston-on-Trent on Saturday.

Langley Mill’s first team entertained Aston on a lovely afternoon at Station Road hoping to emulate what they had done previously against Shipley Hall.

Aston won the toss and asked the Millers to take the first knock.

After 12 overs, they had reached 47-2 with Paul Bailey and Jamie Salmons the wickets to fall.

Scoring was not a problem but the threat of further wickets being lost was, as the ball was zipping about early on.

Sajendra Thimal joined Jay Holmes and these two took the score to 90 before Thimal was bowled by Hussain for 17.

Daniel Lacey joined Holmes and they built another steady partnership until Holmes picked out Hussain in the deep for a well-crafted 76.

Lacey soon followed and the Millers got a little nervy as they were suddenly 161-5.

This brought to the crease new captain Jeff Wharton, along with vice-captain Jack Scott, and the pair stood up to the challenge and blasted the Millers through to 243 before Wharton was caught by Hussain for 33.

Scott wasn’t finished and soon reached his 50 with Andrew Bailey nicking the ones to put him back on strike.

Scott fell for 55 and the Millers finished on 270-7 off 46 overs with 100 coming off the last seven overs.

This proved too much for Aston and they never looked like chasing down such a total.

With Scott and Wharton bowling with fire in their bellies, Aston were soon on the back foot.

After 15 overs they were 29-5 with Scott doing the damage taking 4-9.

Stuart Mee was introduced to the attack and soon joined in, picking up three wickets.

At 69-8 off 28 overs, Aston made the Millers work and several options were tried but the Aston lower order would not budge.

In the end the Millers had to settle for 20 points.

Next week sees Langley Mill travel to Ockbrook, again a 1.30pm start.

The Millers got the upper hand last year in this fixture with a winning draw and will be looking to continue the little bit of form shown recently.

On Sunday it is Wright Cup Final day for the second team who make the short journey to Ilkeston Rutland’s ground to take on Melbourne.

This is a 12.30pm start.