Five-star Langley Mill bag their first victory of the season

FIVE ALIVE -- bowler Jack Scott, who bagged five wickets to help Langley Mill United to their first league win of the season.
FIVE ALIVE -- bowler Jack Scott, who bagged five wickets to help Langley Mill United to their first league win of the season.

Two half-centuries and a couple of five-wicket hauls fired Langley Mill United to a resounding first win of the season in the Second Division of the Derbyshire County League.

Entertaining West Hallam White Rose, The Millers turned in a five-star performance, amassing 287-7 with the bat on the back of scores of 92 from Jamie Salmons and 50 from Jay Holmes.

After tea, they dismissed the visitors for just 119 in only 23 overs as Andrew Bailey took 5-28 from seven overs and Jack Scott took 5-48 from 12 overs.

Salmons, who struck three sixes and 11 fours, and Holmes, who hit one six and nine fours, shared a stand worth 72 for the second wicket that laid the perfect platform for Langley Mill -- after Josh Lacey had made 16.

They rushed the score past the 100 mark by the 16th over and although Holmes fell to Rob Lathbury when well caught by South African Thabo Masheshemane, Salmons could not be budged and he was joined by the previous week’s centurion, Fritz De Beer, for another profitable partnership.

The pair put on 88 to take The Millers past the 200 barrier before Salmons finally perished, just eight short of what would have been a brilliant century, becoming the first of five belated victims for visiting bowler Carl Cruz (5-72 in 13 overs).

Cruz also snapped up De Beer for 28 (three fours), Daniel Hanson for 20 and Scott for 14, but not even he could stem the tide of Langley Mill runs and with Paul Bailey contributing 20no and the extras column reading 34, they ended up with a daunting total.

West Hallam’s reply began badly when they lost Masheshemane for nine, superbly bowled by Scott. But they recovered to race away at six an over and at 71-1, they briefly threatened to make a game of it.

However, the introduction of skipper Bailey to the Langley Mill attack soon changed the complexion of things. He had dangerous opener George Brandrick caught in the deep by Salmons for 37 (eight fours), and that triggered a burst of six wickets for just 28 runs.

Of the rest of the West Hallam batsmen, only Matt Tatler (14) and James Lockhart (14) made double figures. Bailey ripped through the middle order and when Scott returned, he polished off the tail to earn The Millers maximum points.

Hopefully, the performance will leave them full of confidence for this weekend’s match, which is at home to South Wingfield, who sit just below them in the table. Start time is 1.30 pm.