Langley Mill Utd (22pts) 165-4 [34.4 overs] (C Parker 60*, R Krupiak 51) beat Stainsby Hall (5pts) 163-7 [46 overs] (S Brown 60, J Wood 45, R Davey 3-40) by 6 wickets
Former Stainsby Hall players Rich Krupiak and Craig Parker both hit fifties against their old club to take the Millers second team to another victory, and one step closer to promotion to Division 5. The pair put on a fourth wicket partnership of 119 as the Millers secured a six wicket victory.
In cloudy conditions, Stainsby took the crease first and soon lost Craig Ottewell, bowled by Steve Walker for 12 with only 19 on the board. Fellow opener Shaun Brown was joined by skipper John Wood and the pair put on 98 before Wood played on to Rich Davey for 45.
On 123, Ben Bignell became another Davey victim, caught by Jordan Fredrickson for 2 and four runs later the visitors lost Brown, brilliantly run out by Paul Aldred for 60.
On 136, Stainsby lost two more wickets when Tony Borrington was caught by Neil Wing, off Aldred, for 7 and Davey picked up another 3-for, bowling Karl Neville for three.
Stainsby’s final wicket to fall was that of Michael Cresswell, caught by Cox for 8, giving Aldred his second. Matt Bramhall (13 not out) and Sunny Kooner (4 not out) took Stainsby to a below par 163 for 7 at the end of their 46 overs.
For the hosts, Davey’s three cost him 40 runs and Aldred’s two cost him 60. Walker’s economical nine over spell returned figures of 1 for 18.
The Millers were confident of overturning the Stainsby total, but their reply started in disastrous fashion when former Miller Matt Bramhall started with two wicket maidens. The prolific Wing was first to go, nicking a ball to keeper Wood without scoring and Nick Wright left a Bramhall ball which bowled him all ends up for a single.
Worse was to come for the Millers when Aaron Tullett was caught by Bignell, off Cresswell, for 20 but this brought together Krupiak and Parker to win the game for the Millers.
Krupiak hit 51 (7 fours and a six) before he was caught by Bramhall, off Neville but Parker finished unbeaten on 60, including 8 fours. Aldred joined Parker and finished on 2 not out as the Millers eased to victory with 11 overs remaining.
Of the Stainsby bowlers, Bramhall was the pick with figures of 2 for 28 while Cresswell and Neville picked up one apiece.
Leaders Sandiacre Town picked up 27 points from their victory at home to lowly Cutthorpe which leaves them five clear at the top of 6 North, but having played one more than the Millers who hold second spot, 63 points clear of Eckington, who are bridging the gap far too slowly, in third.
Millers move to top after Sunday victory
Langley Mill Utd (20pts) 201-8 [40 overs] (A Bailey 62*, R Brunelleschi 42, D Buckley 5-26) beat Marehay (7pts) 180 all out [35.3 overs] (C Bradder 84, J Holmes 4-33, A Bacon 3-24) by 21 runs
Langley Mill’s Sunday side leapt to the top of Section 4 of the Mansfield League after inflicting a 21 run defeat on old rivals Marehay at Station Road. The victory leaves the Millers 13 points clear of Frecheville Community, with next opponents Anston a further four points behind, both having played one more than the Langley Mill.
The hosts batted first and openers Grant Ball and Ryan Brunelleschi started well enough putting on 28 before Ball was bowled by Chris Bradder for 14. The introduction of Dave Buckley swung the game in favour of Marehay as he whipped out the next five Millers batsmen.
Andy Sibley was next to go, caught and bowled for 24 followed quickly by Jamie Salmons (0), Ben Scott (4) and Alex Bacon (0), all clean bowled. Ryan Brunelleschi hit a defiant 42 before he was also bowled Buckley and it was left to skipper Andrew Bailey to put the Millers back in the game.
Despite losing Jay Holmes, unluckily run out backing up for 2, Bailey, aided by 21 from Rich Krupiak, took Langley Mill to 201 for 8 at the end of their 40 overs. Krupiak was the eighth wicket to fall, caught by Dave Palmer to give Bradder his second.
For Marehay, Buckley’s heroics netted him 5 for 26 and Bradder returned figures of 2 for 41.
Marehay’s reply started badly as they lost Jonathan Bradder, caught and bowled by Kyle Barton without scoring. Luke Rowley then had James Kyte well stumped by Sibley for 18 and Bailey caught Brian Caulton, off Bacon, for 19.
Chris Bradder almost produced a match winning innings when he blasted a rapid 84, including 7 fours and 8 sixes, but wickets were falling steadily around him. Michael Hamp was bowled by Bacon for 10 and Holmes picked up the wickets of Buckley, leg before for 5 , and Palmer, caught by Sibley for a duck.
Skipper John Edwards was run out without scoring and when Bradder finally edged Holmes to the safe hands of keeper Sibley, the writing was on the wall for the visitors.
Holmes picked up his fourth when he bowled Harry Brocklehurst without scoring and Shaun Bosworth was caught by Rowley for 10, giving Bacon his third. Marehay finished all out 180 with four overs left.
For Langley Mill, Holmes returned 3 for 33 and Bacon 3 for 24. Rowley’s wicket cost him 27 from his ten overs and Barton’s wicket came at a cost of 25.