by Alan Rowley
Langley Mill’s second squad kept their top spot with an amazing performance at Station Road on Saturday which saw Chesterfield Barbarians, formed after an amalgamation with Sheepbridge, crushed by a whopping 171 runs.
Skipper Rich Davey won the toss for the Millers and had no hesitation in electing to bat. The next couple of hours saw a blistering display of hitting from Neil Wing and Jay Holmes which left the Millers supporters, and the opposition, open mouthed in amazement.
The Millers’ openers put on 258 for the first wicket in only 30 overs before Wing was caught by Jon Denby, off Jack Fletcher for 167.
His massive knock came from only 95 balls and included 25 fours and eight sixes.
Holmes’ performance was more subdued, but his unbeaten 101 came at a run a ball and included 20 fours.
After hitting his maiden century just two weeks previous, 18-year-old Holmes has now hit three and is in the top ten run scorers in the entire 17 division County League. No mean achievement for the youngster.
Alex Bacon hit a brisk 23 before he was caught by Alex Lawson, off Alex Fowkes, and Andrew Ball was on six not out when Langley Mill declared their innings on 309 for 2 with over ten overs remaining.
A dejected Barbarians side never looked like getting close as league leading wicket taker Davey picked up another six wickets to help dismiss the visitors for a mere 138.
Davey’s tally of 6 for 27 from his 11 overs takes his season’s total to 25 wickets from only five games.
Steven Walker backed his skipper well with three wickets for 43 runs, and Holmes chipped in with a wicket at a cost of 18 as the Millers eased home with more than 19 overs remaining.