Batting lets Millers down at Ockbrook

Neil Wing top scored with 40 for Langley Mill but it was to be in vain.
Neil Wing top scored with 40 for Langley Mill but it was to be in vain.

Langley Mill’s first team slumped to a fifth defeat of the season after producing an excellent bowling and fielding display but again failing with the bat.

Winning the toss, skipper Jeff Wharton asked Ockbrook to bat and after ten overs this looked to be a very good move as the hosts were reduced to 31 for 3.

Oli Mitchell was first to fall, caught by Hanson off Scott’s bowling, and then Johnny Owen was stunningly caught by Thimal again off Scott’s bowling for nought.

Wharton picked up former Miller Dave Hallack’s wicket for 14, caught by Jay Holmes, before Ockbrook stabilised with Ball and Morgan taking the score to 79 before Hanson removed Morgan for 33, caught by Krupiak.

Andrew Bailey removed Wood for five, caught by Paul Bailey, and then Holmes had Ball caught by Harrison for a patient 30. Ockbrook eventually ended on 170-8, Holmes and Bailey taking further wickets.

In reply, Paul Bailey and Neil Wing cruised to 69 before the heavens opened which caused an hour’s delay.

After this the Millers pressed the self destruct button. Wing was run out by Bailey for 40 and this set the tone as they slumped to 106 for 5. That soon became 121 for 9 with Harrison, Wharton, Hanson and Scott becoming three of Wood’s four victims.

The last pairing of Andrew Bailey and Krupiak almost salvaged an unlikely draw, but Krupiak gloved one to keeper Sexton with three minutes remaining to give Ockbrook maximum points.