Record breaker Lee helps Codnor to victory

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Codnor CC 1sts recorded a 158-run win over Langley Mill United CC 2nds on Saturday, thanks in the main to a record breaking knock from Codnor skipper Lee Colledge.

On an unbelievable day of cricket in Division 4N of the DCCL at Langley Mill, both the Codnor CC records of highest individual score and highest team score were broken, as captain Lee Colledge scored 207 not out off just 143 balls to help his team along to 381-6.

A very good batting track greeted the players as they arrived at the ground, and, as Codnor won the toss, captain Colledge had little hesitation in taking first knock and promoting himself up the order to open the batting with Jonathan Woolley.

Woolley himself started off by smashing the seond ball to the boundary, but was caught a couple of balls later at point. This brought Darren Colson to the crease, and he and Colledge took the attack to the Langley Mill bowlers, and the run rate was soon up at nearly ten an over.

Colledge was the more attacking of the two, as nearly every ball he faced seemed to be disappearing to the boundary at a blistering pace. He reached his half-century in no time at all, and looked good for a big hundred, although no one would have expected him to reach the dizzy heights that he did.

Colson was also playing freely, and looked a shoo-in to get his half century, but Lacey had other ideas, and the Codnor number three was bowled on 40. Melbourne soon followed on five to bring Sparham to the crease.

Thanks to Colledge, the run rate was still up at nearly ten an over, and he reached his century in no time at all. Sparham was also joining in the fun. At one point, it seemed he and Colledge were having a personal competition to see who could hit the biggest boundary, as no sooner had Colledge hit a Langley Mill resident’s windscreen, Sparham narrowly missed the same car moments later.

Within 35 overs, Colledge had surpassed Jonathan Woolley’s previous individual record of 151, made at the same ground a few years earlier, and the race was on for his double hundred. Sparham looked certain to attain his first century at Langley Mill, but fell 16 runs short as he mistimed one to cover and was caught by Lacey.

The main aim for Codnor now was to get Colledge to his double century, as the other batsmen did their best to get the captain on strike. Leo, Vincent and Wood all fell trying to do this, and with three balls to go and Colledge on 199 at the non-striker’s end, it was a possibility he might have been left stranded.

But a suicidal leg bye ran by Mills got the skipper on strike, and he fittingly finished the innings off with a couple of boundaries to bring the Codnor faithful to their feet for a magnificent innings of 207 not out.

Even with such a huge score, it was not going to be easy to bowl Langley Mill out. Leo opened the bowling with Ben Wood, and was soon on form.

He quickly dismissed Ball, and Wood joined the party soon after as Pheasant edged to Colledge, who was never going to drop anything on this day.

Langley Mill opener Wright though was soon taking the attack to the bowlers, and he went after every bad ball and was racing along despite the wickets falling.

Lacey and Patel fell to Leo, which brought Bacon to the crease. Bacon was soon into his stride and like Wright, was looking to have a bit of fun on a wonderful batting track. Both batsmen were attacking nearly every ball, and for a good amount of time they were up with the run rate required to chase down the mammoth Codnor total.

It was always going to be extremely difficult to keep this up though, and it proved to be the case as Colledge (who else?) got the breakthrough, trapping Bacon LBW for a well-made 80. Wright was still there, and got his deserved century before Mills and Sparham cleaned up the tail.

Langley Mill finished up on 223 all out, Wright with a very good 117 not out.

This was an outstanding victory, with an even more outstanding performance from Colledge got the much-needed 27 points. Codnor will be looking to get another victory as Duffield visit Goose Lane on Saturday.