Great Scott helps Millers to victory

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Langley Mill CC 1sts were back in action at Station Road on Saturday and hosted Tutbury in Division Two of the DCCL.

The visitors from Staffordshire were just below them in the table at the start of play.

On losing the toss, the Millers took their customary bat first and made very hard work of it.

Neil Wing (0) was back in the dressing room after just two balls. Worse was to come as the Millers slumped to 54-4 with only 14 overs gone. The Bailey brothers took the score up to 91 before Andrew was bowled for 14. Paul soon followed for 25 with the score on 102.

At this point, the Millers, seven wickets down after 30 overs, were hoping to reach 150 to make the game competitive.

But enter Jack Scott who batted sensibly to hold the end of the innings together with good assistance from Holmes, Hatton and Trower. The Millers remarkably batted out all 46 overs and reached 201-9 after being 111-7.

The last pair put on 36 with some lusty blows. Scott finished on a very important 60 not out.

The Millers now had something to bowl at. For Tutbury, Sam Wesson took 3-48, Bobby Elrington 4-34 and Paul Edwards 2-63.

After tea, Tutbury got off to a quick start of six an over and were on 24 after just four overs.

Enter Scott, again who made this 27-2, removing both openers. At the other end, Hatton got in on the act and after ten overs, Tutbury had been pegged back to 35-3.

Scott, with fire in his belly, took another two wickets as Tutbury slumped to 42-5.

Not wanting to repeat last week, the Millers stepped it up and Hatton found his line to remove the next four batsmen to record his first ever five-wicket haul in senior cricket.

To finish the job off perfectly, Scott took the last wicket to pick up five wickets too and cap a marvellous day for the vice captain.

Tutbury lost their last four wickets for six runs. The rout was completed in 18.2 overs, Scott finishing on 5-19 and Hatton 5-45.

Man of the match was Jack Scott, who was selected by ball sponsor Peter and Janice Outram.

This week, the Millers host Alrewas, who are currently sitting at top of the league (1.30pm start).