Millers earn some bonus points in damp conditions

Jamie Salmon drives through the covers off the bowling of Gary Coxhead.

Jamie Salmon drives through the covers off the bowling of Gary Coxhead.

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Langley Mill United CC 1sts travelled to South Wingfield on Saturday on a miserable day and came back with 13 points from the cancellation.

It was a day of the players coming on and off as the weather intervened regularly.

The hosts won the toss and asked the Millers to bat first. Neil Wing and Andrew Bailey opened up and started solidly until Bailey (21) let one through and was bowled by Sultan. The partnership was 53. Wing (31) fell soon after as did Tullett (4) but a fourth wicket partnership of 104 from Paul Bailey (42) and Jamie Salmons (53 not out), and some brisk hitting from Jack Scott (20) took the Millers up to 204 when the heavens opened again.

Tea was taken and skipper Andrew Bailey decided to declare to get the best chance of a result as maximum batting points had been achieved. For Wingfield, Sultan took 2-50.

In reply, Wingfield lost an early wicket but then the dangerous Chris Dunn (36) took charge with Sultan (14) before Australian Jarryd Hatton ripped through the top order. Wingfield were soon 45-3 and the Millers’ hopes of an unlikely victory grew. But with the weather again causing a delay in play, the Millers’ hopes faded.

A couple of sharp chances went down but with poor conditions and a very wet ball the match was finally abandoned with Wingfield on 153-4 with Hatton taking all four wickets. Hatton was awarded man of the match.

This week, the Millers host top of the league Ambergate, who were relegated to Division Two last season. It will be a stern test for the Millers’ resolve after a encouraging start to the season. The match starts at 1.30pm.

The 2nd team travel to Riddings and then host Abbots Bromley on Sunday in the cup, both starting at 1.30pm.