by Alan Rowley
A FEATURE of Langley Mill’s 2010 season was their inability to ‘finish the job off’, winning in style against the top sides, but losing to teams they should have beaten easily.
After Saturday’s performance at Walton-on-Trent, it looks like 2011 could well be heading the same way as the Millers were easily beaten by a side struggling in the bottom half of the table.
As in their first encounter at Station Road earlier in the season, the Millers’ batting order failed to produce a competitive score as they were reduced to 196 all out, thanks mainly to James Blackwell’s 5 for 25.
The hosts breezed past the Millers score with six wickets and five overs left.
Batting first, the Millers reached a total of 196 for 7 from their 46 overs.
Opener Aaron Tullett top scored with 43, assisted by Sajendra Thimal who contributed 34.
Skipper Andrew Bailey batted 103 balls for his unbeaten 39, holding up one end while the middle order collapsed around him.
Only Andy Sibley with an unbeaten 20 offered any sort of resistance toward the end.
Walton started off shakily losing Luke Hemingway, caught by Jordan Fredrickson off David Farnsworth, and David Preston, caught by Farnsworth off Thimal, with only four on the board.
On 26, Alex Paget was run out by Fredrickson for 14 and Bailey bowled Edward Chapman for 43 with the hosts on 81.
From here, Andy Lathbury (87 not out) and Andy Easter (40 not out) saw Walton home in comfort.
All the Millers bowlers were expensive - Farnsworth returned 1 for 49, Thimal 1 for 55 and Bailey 1 for 63.
With all three teams suffering reversals last weekend, Langley Mill will be looking to re-group and get their season back on track.
The first team take on Holmewood on Saturday at Station Road with the visitors also in a spell of indifferent form.
The visitors are fifth in the league, one place and four points behind the Millers. Neither team will want to lose here as defeat could signal the end of any promotion ambitions.
The second team travel to mid-table Breadsall on Saturday hoping to recover from their cup defeat. The Millers beat Breadsall readily at Station Road back in May, but will the hosts capitalise on home advantage and inflict another defeat on the visitors?
After getting hammered by Morton Colliery last Sunday, the Millers face the same opposition again this week, but this time at Station Road. Langley Mill won’t be wanting another set-back in their promotion race so they will be looking to gain their revenge this time around.
Saturday’s games start at 1:30 pm and Sunday’s game at 2:00 pm. More information at www.lmu.cc.