Millers fall short in run chase

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Langley Mill Utd (9pts) 203 all out [34.3 overs] (J Wharton 66, S Wesson 3-70, R Ellerington 3-16) lost to Tutbury (27pts) 259-8 [40 overs] (D Green 59, D Yeomans 42, S Wesson 34, R Ellerington 37*, J Holmes 3-56, R Davey 4-44) by 56 runs

On a very wet June afternoon when play seemed doomed for a cancellation Langley Mill and Tutbury managed to get a game in on the artificial wicket.

Tutbury where asked to take the 1st knock and soon set about the Millers attack. Daniel Green and Dale Yeomans punishing anything loose.

After 10 overs Tutbury where coasting at six an over without any loss and opening bowlers Andrew Bailey and Jeffrey Wharton not really troubling.

Jay Holmes was introduced into the attack and he bowled an excellent set taking the first wicket of the day having Yeomans caught by Paul Bailey on the boundary.

Grant ball tried a few overs at the other end but to no avail and then Wharton returned to the attack and promptly took a wicket to leave Tutbury 106 for 2 and two fresh batsman in.

Green scored a quick-fire 54 which included five 6’s. With the shortened boundaries quick run scoring was always on the cards.

Davey introduced himself into the attack and with Holmes they both bowled excellent spells picking up crucial wickets which meant extra points as the heavens where always threatening to open. Same Wesson batted patiently for Tutbury after the early onslaught for 34 before being bowled by Holmes. Craig Watson was well caught in the deep by Andrew Bailey for 25 again off Holmes giving him 3 wickets.

After 30 of the allotted 40 overs Tutbury where 183 for 4 and with wickets in hand a large total was looming. Davey had other ideas and with some quick work from keeper Craig Parker, he took 3 wickets in 2 overs to leave Tutbury 205 for 7. The Millers sensed maximum bowling points but Rob Elrington came in and scored a quick 37 not out to again post a very challenging total of 259. Holmes taking 3 for 56 and Davey 4 for 43. Wharton the other wicket taker.

With the short boundaries the Millers knew that this was not an impossibilty Paul Bailey and Sajendra Thimal opened up and set about the Tutbury attack reaching 45 off 8 before Thimal skied one for Wessons 1st wicket.

Bailey soon followed to leave Langley Mill 49 for 2 off 10.

Holmes and Wharton set about pushing on from where they had tried at Denby the week before and took the score to 90 before Holmes was caught. Wharton was intent on pushing Tutbury all the way and when joined by Craig Parker these pair took the Millers to a very good position. But with weather intervening on several occasions the batsmen had to refocus but as in previous weeks the Millers collapsed again. 174 for 5 soon became 202 for 9. So with the chance of winning out the window and it being a time game the Millers had to see a few overs out but unluckily Grant Ball was run out backing up to leave the rollercoaster of a game and the maximum points going back to Tutbury. Wesson took 3 for 70, and Elrington 3 for 16,

Manek and Chadfield the other wicket takers.

With not many teams playing today an extra three points was worth the effort but it could so easily have been more.

The Millers travel to Clay Cross next week hoping to put in a solid performance to get the season back on track.

Regards

Andrew