Mills puts Codnor in seventh heaven

A career best 7-18 from Codnor skipper Shaun Mills eased Codnor 2nds to a comfortable win over Division 9N rivals Ilkeston Rutland in the Harry Lund Cup on Sunday.

After a late diversion to Ilkeston Rutland’s main ground from the Gallows, the players arrived in high spirits.

Mills called correctly and sent the home team in to bat on what looked like a decent track.

The Ilkeston openers started decently enough, going at a steady two runs an over until Mills cleaned up White for 8. The same applied for number three Slater the very next ball. With Mills on a hat-trick, he slammed the ball into Robertson’s pads, but an appeal by all the Codnor players didn’t do enough to convince the umpire.

Mills shrugged it off though and took Robertson’s wicket the next over, followed by Madison, who was smartly caught by Lavender.

Fearnside was next – a superb one-handed catch by the Codnor bowler after the Ilkeston opener had smashed it back at Mills secured a five-for.

Two wickets later, and the scenario of Mills taking all ten started to become a possibility, but unfortunately he bowled out his allotted nine overs for 7-18.

Arnold at the other end was economically brilliant but unable to dispatch any batsmen, so Brown came on for him and Buxton replaced Mills.

Buxton took a wicket with his very first ball and bowled commendably, as did Brown who, after a slow start, got into his stride and took a couple of wickets to bring the innings to a close with Ilkeston Rutland all out for 47 off 26.5 overs.

The teams turned straight round and Codnor openers Lavender and Wood took to the field to knock off the 47 runs. With Lavender’s Boycott-esque performance the previous day, many were expecting the chase to be a dull affair.

But he set about proving his doubters wrong as he started to display a masterful array of shots all around the park to race ahead of his opening partner.

The total of 47 was knocked off in as little as 7.1 overs, Wood hitting a lofted cover drive to the boundary to secure the victory for the away side. Lavender got himself a mention scoring 30 not out, whilst Wood ended up on 15 not out.

This was a superb bowling display by the second team, and they will be hoping their cup run continues when they face a trip to Derby Congs for the quarter final on July 7.

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