Bailey hits unbeaten 131 but Millers are held

Langley Mill Utd (19pts) 262-6 [46 overs] (P Bailey 131*, J Scott 32, M Griffiths 3-66) drew with Clay Cross (10pts) 207-8 [46 overs] (C Hiron 47, M Davison 32, J Lemon 30, M Griffiths 40, A Bailey 4-80)

Langley Mill’s first team welcomed Clay Cross to Station Road on a very hot September’s day last Saturday.

The visitors having an outisde chance of staying in division 2, whilst the Millers were to finish mid table.

The Millers batted first and looked to be settling down until Salmons fell in the seventh over well stumped by Hiron for 10. Jay Holmes didnt last long either and the Millers were 27 for 2 off 10 and wobbling a little.

Thimal joined Bailey and these pair took the Millers to 67 off 20. Thimal then lost concentration and edged one behind to give Dave Clarke a wicket. Jack Scott joined Bailey and hit a brisk 32 before becoming one of Griffiths’s three victims. When the next drinks break came the Millers had reached 133 off 30 overs for 4 wickets and thoughts about a score of 280 plus had evaporated. Wharton fell for 18 and was soon followed by Andrew Bailey to leave the Millers 168 for 6 off 34 overs.

Paul Bailey remained determined at the other end. One of the hero’s from the week before, Craig Parker joined him and these pair batted sensibly to put nearly a century stand in the remaining 12 overs to give the Millers a bit of a cushion. With 4 overs to go Paul Bailey cut loose and 67 was added to the score. He reached his hundred with a maximum and then finished on 131 not out. From his last 15 balls 8 of them went for 6 to get the home crowd cheering. Langley Mill finished in 262 for 6 from their allotted 46 overs.

Griffiths finished with 3 for 66, B Clarke took 2 wickets and D Clarke the other.

With seemingly a mountain to climb, and another fantastic tea inside, Clay Cross started cautiously against the bowling of Scott and Holmes. Holmes drew first blood having Willmot caught by Wharton for 4.

Scott bowled an excellent set for no reward. Spin twins Andrew Bailey and Jamie Salmons joined the attack hoping to entice the Cross batsman into a few false shots.

The Cross were 76 for 1 off 20 overs and steadily building a run chase. The partnership was broken by some smart fielding of skipper Wharton running out Davison for a patient 32.

Soon after Bailey bowled B Clarke to leave Clay Cross 98 for 3 off 26. Opener Hiron followed not long after well caught in the deep by Ben Scott to give Bailey his second wicket.

This brought skipper Griffiths to the crease who is more than capable of turning a game. He came in an launched straight into the attack to put the cross back in contention of getting something out of the game. At 40 overs they reached 194 for 5, and comparing to the Millers innings they were 5 ahead, so it was game on. Bailey had other ideas and finished his spell off with 2 wickets to leave the Cross 201 for 8. The game ended in a draw and see’s Clay Cross relegated to division 3.

Four of the Clay Cross batsman got themselves in but didn’t go on like Bailey did in the first innings. Holmes picked up a wicket, Thimal two wickets and Andrew Bailey four wickets, but quite costly in going for 80 runs.