Millers make a fine start in Division Two

Langley Mill bowler Andrew Bailey sends down a delivery against Belper Meadows on Saturday.
Langley Mill bowler Andrew Bailey sends down a delivery against Belper Meadows on Saturday.

Langley Mill’s first team made the short trip to Belper to start the 2012 season on a cold April afternoon.

Skipper Rich Davey, in his return to the helm, won the toss and asked the Meadows to bat first.

Vice captain Jeffrey Wharton and Jack Scott took the new ball against the opening pair of Ryan Buckley and AJ Marsh.

The bowlers soon had the batsman hopping around and after ten overs Belper were reduced to 28-2 with Wharton taking both wickets.

After a small rain break, the Millers got back out and Wharton again struck giving Craig Parker his first dismissal on his return to the first XI.

Andrew Bailey was introduced to the attack with the view that the ball would grip and so it did.

Bailey initially found it hard to control the spin resulting in three wides in his 1st over.

But in the following over he took the wicket of McGonigal with the score on 44-4.

Williscroft soon followed to give Bailey his second wicket and Belper seemed in some trouble.

Former Miller Richard Marsh joined Tom Buckley and the pair took the score onto 126 before Marsh became Scott’s first victim of 2012.

David Farnsworth joined the attack and bowled with great discipline as the Meadows collapsed from 123-5 to 132 all out.

Farnsworth took an impressive 3 for 6, Wharton 3 for 17, Scott 2 for 30 and Bailey 2 for 45.

The Millers then had 52 overs to chase down 132.

Neil Wing and Jamie Salmons opened up with Paul Bailey being moved to number three, but Wing was back in the shed at the close of the first over.

Bailey and Salmons took the score onto 38 before Salmons was bowled by Matt Murfin for 17.

Jay Holmes joined Bailey and the pair looked liked winning the game until Holmes was run out for 24.

Farnsworth followed quickly leaving Langley Mill 98-4.

What seemed like a foregone conclusion now became a tricky run chase.

The Millers were reduced to 117-7 but Paul Bailey stood firm. He and brother Andrew saw the game home to win by three wickets and give Langley Mill 22 points on their first game in Division Two.

Young Ben Buckley bowled 14 overs of tricky legspin and returned figures of 2 for 52, with Matt Murfin taking 4 for 37. Paul Bailey finished on 57 not out.

The next opponents for the firsts are Sandiacre 2nd XI at home this Saturday, while the seconds travel to Belper Meadows and the third XI face Cresswell at Station Road on Sunday..