Lower order digs deep to earn draw

Langley Mill’s 1st team entertained bottom side Tutbury in the DCCL Division Two and salvaged a draw from what looked like certain defeat.

Batting first, Tutbury amassed 248-5 off their allotted 46 overs.

After eight overs Tutbury had raced away to 45-0 and a large score was looming. Wharton made the breakthrough, removing Edgerton for 18. Sam Wesson soon followed.

This left Tutbury on 63-2 off 13 overs and the base had been set. McCombe joined Manek and these two pushed on to 130 before McCombe became Thimal’s first wicket.

Skipper Edwards came to the crease and punished anything loose. Andrew Bailey and Sajendra Thimal bowled two very good spells to slow the rate down. Manek became Thimal’s second victim for 73.

Tutbury put on a spurt in the final overs to reach 248-5. Edwards finished on 84 not out and Watson 22 not out. Thimal picked up 3-33.

The Millers needed a good start and, after nine overs, were 36-0. Edgerton then turned the game and 43-1 soon became 69-6 as the Millers looked in disarray.

Only Wing (27) and Paul Bailey (17) made double figures from the top six.

With 27 overs left, it was looking like defeat number six, but Jay Holmes and James Harrison had other ideas.

They slowly put a partnership together to bring some respectability back to the Millers’ total and took the score to 143 before Harrison (28) became Manek’s only wicket.

Still with a mountain the climb, the Millers dug deep and managed to salvage a draw.

Jay Holmes fell for a well crafted 53, which left Andrew Bailey (31 not out) and Rich Krupiak (12 not out) to see the last ten overs out and gain an extra two points. So the Millers ground out a draw out to remain third.

Next they travel to Staveley, who are currently second.