Ten-man Millers overtake Ashover at the top

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Langley Mill seconds travelled to Ashover with a chance to go top of the league.

The Millers, playing with only ten men, batted first. However, they had to deal with the set-back of losing skipper Andrew Ball in the first I’ve without scoring.

Neil Wing and Nick Wright then built a base for Langley Mill with a partnership of 113.

However, when Wright and Wing were dismissed for 46 and 73 respectively, it was down to the familiar duo of Steven Walker and Oliver Blake to finish off the Langley Mill innings.

The pair batted well together with Walker scoring 26 and Blake 45 not out. This meant the Millers claimed maximum batting points and finished on a total of 202-5. For Ashover Rhodes was the pick of the bowling with 3-48.

Ashover started shakily against the Langley Mill bowling attack and had both openers dismissed early on.

Dickens attempted to get the Ashover innings going but when he was dismissed for 50, chances looked slim for Ashover.

With both sides being close in the race for promotion Ashover looked to shut up shop and concede as few points as possible.

The seconds had other ideas and managed to get Ashover eight wickets down. With a bit of resilience Ashover managed the losing draw and helped limit the point difference between them and the Millers.

Paul Leatherland was the pick of the bowling for the Millers on his return with figures of 4-32. Alex Bacon was also impressive for the seconds with 2-25.

However it was Langley Mill’s day as they got the winning draw and overtook Ashover at the top of Division 5N.