Langley Mill go close but lose at the death in a tight finish

Andrew Bailey, Langley Mill CC
Andrew Bailey, Langley Mill CC

Langley Mill CC 1sts lost to Sandiacre Town on Saturday by just one wicket in a low-scoring contest

On another cold May day, skipper Wharton lost the toss and the Millers were asked to bat first.

Lewis Pinder opened with Paul Bailey. These two found the going hard early on against the bowling of Newbold and Harper. The Millers slumped to 21-3 off 16. Newbold’s first seven overs were all maidens, and included one wicket.

Jay Holmes stood firm, determined to give the bowlers something to bowl at. He had several batting partners and eventually fell for a well-fought 45. Wharton made the only other significant contribution of 24 and the Millers where eventually all out for 126.

The Millers knew they needed to get early wickets to stand any chance of making Sandiacre nervous. Jack Scott did just that and had Jordison caught second ball. At the other end, Newbold blasted a quickfire 41. He was eventually out off Hanson, caught by Andrew Bailey. Sandiacre were 78-3 and seemingly cruising.

Andrew Bailey and Sajendra Thimal were introduced and suddenly the runs slowed and the wickets started to fall. The score was 92-6 and the result was hanging in the balance. Sandiacre skipper Goodall blasted 22 and then threw his wicket away with only three runs required.

At 124-8 the result could still have gone anyway. Bailey took his third wicket and the score was still 124. In the end, Sandiacre nudged the two runs for victory but they were pushed all the way.

Scott took 2-24, Bailey 3-39 from his 14 overs, and Thimal 2-16. Next the Millers host South Wingfield at Station Road (1.30pm start).