Comfortable win pushes Millers up to fifth place

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Langley Mill 2nds secured a comfortable victory on Saturday in Division Two of the Derbyshire County Cricket League.

The Millers travelled to Tutbury looking for their first double of the season and hoping that this would be enough to stop looking over their shoulder and start looking up the table instead.

Skipper Bailey won the toss and asked Tutbury to bat first and this decision proved a good move.

Jack Scott removed opener Manek for a first ball duck and then Bowring soon followed to leave Tutbury 14-2.

At the other end, Hatton was also keeping it tight for Langley Mill.

The Millers then had to wait until the 19th over to pick another wicket up. Again it was Scott who struck with two in an over.

At drinks, Tutbury had reached 42-4 and the Millers’ opening pair had more than done their job.

Both openers bowled 14 overs straight through and after 28 overs there was only 51 on the board.

Skipper Bailey carried on with the pace and introduced Bacon and Holmes and it wasn’t long before the pair got in on the wickets.

A couple of chances went down off Holmes but in the end the pair mopped up the tail with Bacon claiming 4-9 and Holmes 2-15 as Tutbury collapsed to 75 all out.

In reply the Millers knew they needed to be patient.

Salmons fell for 10 and then Hanson for 15 and afters 10 overs the Millers had reached 37-2.

Pinder (18) was the only other wicket to fall and the Millers chased down the runs in the 21st over with Holmes (11 not out) and Ball (16 not out) to give them 22 points and fire them up to fifth.

Next up is another long journey to promoted Alrewas, who are currently unbeaten and top of the league.

Sunday sees the close of the 2014 season as the Millers host Ockbrook at Station Road (1pm start).

As for Langley Mill 2nds, they were in action against Darley Dale 1sts on Saturday in Division 4N of the Derbyshire County Cricket League.

Darley Dale won the toss, bowled first and dismissed the Millers for just 76

Craig Elliott then led his side to a nine-wicket win with 43 not out.