Millers hang on to earn losing draw

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Langley Mill firsts entertained top-of-the-table Alrewas on the longest day of the year and claimed a losing draw.

Millers skipper Andrew Bailey won the toss and asked Alrewas to bat, and it wasn’t long before the previous week’s heroes struck again by taking a wicket a piece, firstly Jarryd Hatton bowling skipper James Burton and then Hatton taking a great catch in the deep off Jack Scott’s bowling to remove both openers, although the score had been racing away and Alrewas were on 69-2.

Andrew Bailey and Jay Holmes where introduced and immediately Bailey struck, removing Ollie Broadway for 13.

Batsman Josh Jones was still a threat and punishing anything loose, but Holmes got in on the action taking the wicket of Eaton caught by Andrew Bailey in the deep for 13.

Holmes removed the dangerous Jones with Jordan Frederickson taking a superb catch, Jones scoring 71.

At this point the Millers took charge and restricted Alrewas to 225 all out. This was courtesy of Alex Bacon taking three wickets for 19 with some excellent death bowling.

Holmes finished with 2 for 56, Hatton 2 for 53, Scott and Bailey a wicket a piece, the Millers bowling Alrewas out in 44.3 overs to gain an extra over.

With tea taken the Millers came out with Andrew Bailey and Lewis Pinder to begin the chase, Pinder taking charge and despatching anything loose and after five overs 27 had been scored without loss.

Pinder then fell for 25, bowled by Swinfield with a cracking delivery.

This brought Neil Wing to the crease and he and Bailey then put 43 on to take the score to 81 before Bailey fell for 29 off Van Daesdonk’s bowling.

Harrison was unlucky to be caught in close with a stunning reaction catch, but Paul Bailey joined Wing and they batted sensibly and took the Millers past the 150 mark after 35 overs, still with seven wickets left.

Then in the 40th over Wing was caught in the deep off Broadway’s bowling for 53, the Millers 171 for 4 and still in a great position.

This soon became 174 for 6 as the Millers lost three quick wickets, and worse was to follow as two more wickets left the Millers 198 for 8 off 45 and staring at defeat as Alrewas’s spinners turned the screw.

In the end the Millers held out for a draw and 14 points.

This weekend the Millers travel to Ockbrook for the final game before the turnaround.

On Sunday, T20 is coming to Langley Mill with three games to be played. The Millers kick off at 11am v Matlock. There will be a barbecue and bars open all day.