Humphrey shines with bat and ball as Millers go top

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Lance Humphrey shone with ball and bat for Langley Mill in their match with Sandiacre in Derbyshire Division 2, as the Millers began their home campaign with a landslide run victory.

Humphrey steadied the ship with 52 to help the home side to 255 all out before he dusted himself down and ripped through the Sandiacre batting order - taking 5-24 alongside Jack Scott, who took 5-46.

The team was unchanged after last week’s victory at South Wingfield and as last week the Millers were asked to bat first. George Brandrick and Josh Lacey opened up and it was the latter that fell first, bowled by Matt Newbold for four.

Brandrick, fresh off the back of his first Millers’ hundred last Sunday, carried on where he left off by punishing anything loose by the Sandiacre attack. Jamie Salmons hit a brisk 23 before falling LBW to Daniel Tucker (74-2 after 14 overs).

Sandiacre introduced Neil MacNamee to the attack and this proved by fruitful as he ripped through the Millers’ middle order. Firstly Jay Holmes caught and bowled for six, Brandrick for 78 (14x4, 1x6) and then Danny Hanson for two.

The Millers were showing signs of what has haunted them many times in the past but it was two new boys to the rescue in the middle order. At 125-5 from just 21 overs, Matt Heafield and Humphrey came together to rescue the wobbling Millers and take them past the 200 mark.

But again it was that man MacNamee that came to Sandiacre’s rescue, picking up another three wickets.

Heafield (33) LBW and then Humphrey (52, 7x4, 1x6) caught and bowled. The Millers eventually reached 255 all out in the last over. The last pair had to bat out four overs to avoid being bowled out early. MacNamee the pick of the bowlers with 6-65.

In reply Sandiacre never got out of the blocks. The opening attack of Scott and Humphrey tore through the Sandiacre innings with only Iain Murfin (24) and Matt Newbold (15) offering any resistance. Once Captain Jack Scott took the first wicket it was one way traffic.

Scott took the first two wickets and then Humphrey the next three as Sandiacre collapsed to 53-5 after 12 overs. Wicket keeper James Heafield picking up three catches, including a stunning one-handed dive.

It was only a matter of time for the Millers and to see who would come out on top with the wickets but the opening duo finished with five each to give the Millers their second 27-point victory and leave them at the top of Division 2.

The Millers travel to Ambergate on Saturday (1.30pm start).