Millers beat Nutbrook to go second in table

Langley Mill batsman Aaron Tullett plays a shot against Nutbrook.
Langley Mill batsman Aaron Tullett plays a shot against Nutbrook.

Langley Mill travelled to near neighbours Nutbrook and returned with a 78-run win in Derbyshire League Division Two.

Nutbrook, who occupied second place in the table before the match, won the toss and elected to field, leaving Langley Mill the chance to continue where they left off the week before with the bat.

But it wasn’t the start the Millers would have wanted as Paul Bailey, who hit the headlines last week, was back in the pavilion for a duck, followed by Jamie Salmons who also failed to make a score.

It left Langley 18-2 off just five overs. Lewis Pinder (48) was joined by Sajendra Thimal (59) and these two went about repairing the early damage and at the half way stage the visitors were 104-3.

The experienced Simon Lacey joined Thimal and these pair looked to be taking Millers into a commanding position, until the latter was run out by wicketkeeper Adam Barrett in bizarre circumstances.

Thimal didn’t know where the ball had gone and could not make his ground in time and Barrett’s quick thinking made it 138-4. It sparked a middle order collapse, reducing Langley to 183-9 after 41 over.

But there was life in the tale and some big blows from Jay Holmes (27) pushed Millers over the 200-mark and crucially used all the overs up, finishing on a competitive 211 all out.

Richard Henshaw (4-35) and Daniel Brooks (2-39) were the pick of the bowlers for Nutbrook who, in reply, got off to the worst possible start when the top three batsmen were dismissed inside six overs.

Michael Chambers (0), Ruan Markram (2) and Chris Palfreyman (4) went before Thomas Bentley (23) and Henshaw (25) went about repairing the damage. Holmes, however, was having one of those spells.

Steven Sanderson (23) made a notable contribution but was running out of partners as Nutbrook finished some way short of the requirement, all out for 133 in the 42nd over.

Holmes was the pick of the bowlers, finishing with figures of 4-32 off 14 overs including five maidens. Lacey (2-22) and Andrew Bailey (2-19) finished the innings off in double-quick time.

The maximum points picked up by Langley Mill saw them leapfrog above Nutbrook in the table in to second place.

Meanwhile, Langley Mill II beat Chesterfield Barbarians by one wicket. Alex Fowkes top scored with 73 as Chesterfield posted 187 all out in 45.1 overs. Scott Parkin (4-52) and Alex Bacon (4-52) were the pick of the bowlers for Millers.

Joshua Lacey (39) was the only notable contribution from the top seven before Alex Bacon (18) and a 55 not out from Daniel Lacey saw the Millers home after 39 overs with just a wicket to spare. Adam Woodhouse (4-64) for Chesterfield.