LANGLEY Mill’s second team did their promotion prospects a world of good with a winning draw against league leaders Sandiacre Town.
With the firsts’ game against Spondon postponed due to the tragic death of Spondon player Joe Kellogg, the seconds took on the lead role and closed the gap on the leaders to just six points, but with that crucial one game advantage.
Skipper Rich Davey lost the toss and it was no surprise to see Sandiacre skipper John Rigby ask the Millers to take first knock on an uneven surface.
The visitors started poorly, losing Jay Holmes, Alex Bacon and Andrew Ball all without scoring and all victims of the experienced Paul Standring.
At 23 for 3, a rebuild was required and Neil Wing and Craig Parker set about the task.
The pair put on a 124-run partnership, taking the Millers to 147 before Wing was caught in the deep by Standring, off James Dean, for a patient 83.
One run later, Parker fell, caught in the same position, this time off Paul White, for an excellent 58.
With the score on 148 for 5, the hosts were right back in the game, and when Oliver Blake was caught by Neil MacNamee for 9, to give Dean his second, the Millers were faced with a sub-200 score.
However, Dave Farnsworth and Rich Krupiak pushed the score on to 195 before Krupiak was bowled by Anthony Taylor for 17, and despite losing Davey, stumped by John Murfin for a single to give Standring a fourth, the Millers closed on 220 for 8.
Farnsworth, down in the seconds after being dogged by injury all season, finished unbeaten on 33.
Standring was the best of the bowlers with 4 for 52 with Dean taking 2 for 38. Taylor and White were the other wicket takers.
Sandiacre started their reply in some style reaching 62 for the loss of only one wicket, that of MacNamee, caught by Fredrickson off Holmes for 13.
With the hosts having a firm grip on the game, the Millers turned to the spin of Davey and Luke Rowley. This tactic soon had the desired effect as Rowley found the edge of Murfin’s bat with only his second ball to give keeper Parker a straightforward catch.
Davey joined the action, removing Richard Burne leg before for 13 and George Domleo caught by Krupiak for 12, and when Rowley bowled Chambers for 13, Sandiacre were left on 103 for 5.
Sensing victory, the Millers returned to the pace option and Farnsworth quickly tore through the middle order.
On 115, Gareth Davis (9) was fooled by a full toss which struck the top of middle, followed on the same score by Standring playing on for five.
Farnsworth picked up his third, bowling White without scoring, but overs ran out and the Millers had to be content with the winning draw.
Farnsworth’s three wickets cost him 40 runs with Rowley returning 2 for 20 from his 11 overs. Davey was equally economical returning 2 for 23 from his 12 and Holmes was the other bowler to pick up a wicket.
l Millers seconds progressed to the semi-finals of the Wright Cup with a comfortable win over Nutbrook on Sunday.
Nutbrook completed their 45 overs on 152-9, Daniel Lever scoring 60 and Rich Davey taking 3 for 24.
Langley Mill knocked the total off in 35.5 overs, thanks largely to Neil Wing’s 35 and Nick Wright’s 38 to record a six wicket win and set up a visit to Codnor on July 24.