Tutbury (16pts) 188 all out [45.1 overs] (D Yeomans 65, A Bailey 4-34, J Wharton 3-59) drew with Langley Mill Utd (11pts) 153-7 [46 overs] (S Thimal 58)
Langley Mill’s first team travelled to Tutbury with only nine men due to the late pull out of two players through illness.
Tutbury won the toss and decided to bat looking to take advantage of the gaps in the field.
Jamie Salmons and Jay Holmes opened up the bowling and Salmons struck in his second over removing Ellerington for 8.
At the other end the dangerous Yeomans was punishing anything loose and after 15 overs Tutbury had reached 81 for 1 and a large score looked on the cards.
The introduction of Andrew Bailey and Jeffrey Wharton started to slow proceedings down. Bailey and Wharton both struck in their second overs to remove Sam Wesson and Kamal Manek, both bowled. At drinks Tutbury were 93 for 3.
Bailey then removed the danger man Yeomans with a sharp caught and bowled for 65 and then had Edwards caught by James Harrison for a duck to leave Tutbury 115 for 5 and suddenly the Millers were believing that they could keep the score below 200.
Bailey continued to bowl very economically with some vicious turn and in tandem with Wharton another three wickets fell.
Kunel Manek was well caught by Holmes and then S Light was LBW before Bailey took his final wicket caught by Craig Parker. Bailey finished with figures of 4 for 34 off his 14 overs.
He was replaced by Holmes with four overs to go. There was a run out and then Holmes picked up the last wicket to leave the Millers more than satisfied with five points at the tea break. Tutbury were 188 all out in the 46th over.
Wharton finished with 3 for 59, Holmes and Salmons a wicket apiece. The Millers got through their overs in 2 hours 25 minutes which is quite impressive considering the enormity of the task in the field.
With 188 on the board the Millers knew that they had a task and had to bat time if they were to get anything out of the game.
Disaster struck though as they slumped to 6 for 3 off three overs and were looking at an embarrassingly low score.
Salmons was bowled second ball for a duck, Holmes made five before being caught and Paul Bailey was also caught for a duck.
Skipper Wharton joined Thimal but he soon fell for two to leave the Millers 33 for 4 off 10. Andrew Bailey came and added a brisk 18 before falling to Yeomans.
At drinks the millers were 93 for 5. With only three wickets left it looked a forgone conclusion but Thimal had other ideas and along with some excellent support from Craig Parker they began to forge a partnership that took the visitors over 100 for another point.
At this point the Millers began believing that a shock could be on the cards but Thimal was then caught for an excellent 58. The Millers were 106 for 6 off 29 overs.
At this point the win looked out of the question but if they could keep picking up runs the all-important bonus points would come.
James Harrison and Craig Parker batted with restraint and some great endeavour to ensure the millers didn’t lose. Parker was out in the 44th over for 29 and up strode Jordan Fredrickson in an elevated position batting at nine!
He helped see off the last two overs with Harrison to give the Millers the unlikeliest of draws. Harrison finished nine not out.
Both Tutbury and Langley Mill will finish mid-table in Division Two and can relax for the rest of the season.
Credit goes to the Millers boys for fielding excellently and never giving up the cause after looking dead and buried at some points.
This week sees the conclusion of the season with Clay Cross visiting Station Road on Saturday before the Millers travel to Nutbrook Sunday. Both games have 1pm starts.