Millers win thriller to make Finals Day

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The long-awaited Twenty20 final between Langley Mill and Sawley was played to decide who goes forward to Derbyshire County Ground in September to play in a finals day - and it was the Millers who were victorious.

In front of a packed crowd at Station Road the Millers won the toss and elected to bat first hoping to build on the previous few weeks’ encouraging performances.

But after six overs they had crashed to 22 for 4 and in desperate need of the ship steadying.

Enter Paul Bailey, as just like in the last round he held the innings together to give them a fighting chance. Initially Bailey and Aaron Tullett had a mini-partnership of 48 to give the score some respectability until Tullett fell for 18.

Jay Holmes then smashed 31 in 16 balls as he and Bailey put on 52 for the sixth wicket. Bailey (41) got out with a couple of overs remaining and the Millers finished on 137 for 8 from their 20 overs.

For Sawley the pick of the bowlers was Rob Owen who ripped through the top order taking 4-11 off his four overs.

In reply, Sawley got off to a good start but Jack Scott nipped in with two wickets to leave Sawley 40 for 2 off seven overs.

Skipper Andew Bailey brought himself on to try and slow the run rate down and he did just that, removing opposite number Cameron with his first ball.

After 15 overs Sawley had reached 74 for 5 with Bailey taking three wickets, but Eckersley along with Glover brought them back into it, both hitting 32.

It came down to the last two overs and 31 runs where required with Holmes and Bacon challenged to keep the score down.

Bacon bowled his over for 15 which meant Holmes had to keep it tight. Eckersley holed out and Bacon caught it well in the deep, and with wickets in hand the game was still on a knife edge but Holmes held his nerve to send the Millers’ crowd into a frenzy, the last over only going for nine which sends the Millers to the finals day on Saturday, September 13.

On Saturday, The Millers travelled to second in the league Ambergate and came away with a winning draw, the game having been reduced to 31 overs each.

Jamie Salmons and Lewis Pinder started cautiously and the opening partnership of 74 from 20 overs ended with Salmons the first wicket bowled for 30.

Jack Scott and Danny Hanson fell in quick succesion to leave the millers 80 for 3, but Paul Bailey helped regain some control, batting around Pinder who scored a fine 80 before being bowled by Nicholas. Bailey finished on 29 not out, the Millers scoring 169 for 4 off their 31 overs.

For Ambergate, Nicholas picked up two wickets and there was a wicket apiece for Ball and McIver.

In reply the Jarryd Hatton struckearly to remove McIver for a duck to leave Ambergate 7 for 1.

The Whiteley brothers then came together to forge a partnership that looked like winning the game but skipper Andrew Bailey made the breakthrough to remove D Whiteley for 32, the score 83 with 10 overs remaining.

Nicholas came in and smashed a quick 19 but Hanson picked up two quick wickets and to leave the game out of reach for Ambergate, who finished on 144 from 31 overs