Jay Holmes picks up career-best figures as Langley Mill see off Aston-on-Trent

NRHN 11-08-12 BE 28 Langley Mill v Aston on trent. Langley Mill batsman Jay Holmes.
NRHN 11-08-12 BE 28 Langley Mill v Aston on trent. Langley Mill batsman Jay Holmes.

Langley Mill ended their last home game with maximum points against relegated Aston-on-Trent.

With Nutbrook playing West Hallam in a top-of-the-table clash, the Millers knew anything but a win would be a disaster.

Aston won the toss and elected to bat, and started off well reaching 34 off 10 overs without loss.

Jack Scott finally made a breakthrough in the 11th over as he bowled Faizanul Malooq for 13.

Skipper Andrew Bailey changed the bowling around to try and pick more wickets up and was rewarded straight away with Jay Holmes picking up Sharaz Ahmed (38) in the 16th over.

After this there was a steady precession of wickets as Jay Holmes ripped through the Aston batting line up.

Only Adeel Choudhry offered any resistance later on with a 37 not out.

Jay Holmes was in rampant mood and picked up career best figures of 8 for 24 off 11.1 overs. Andrew Bailey picked up the other wicket.

In reply the Millers got off to the worse possible start losing Lewis Pinder (0) with the second ball of the game.

Worse was to come as Jamie Salmons (11) and Jay Holmes (0) perished to Adeel Choudhry’s bowling to leave the millers on a very nervous 19 for 3 off just five overs.

After this the experienced Simon Lacey (57*) and Paul Bailey (66) took the Millers over the line to record a maximum 27 points and also relegate Aston.

With news feeding through that Nutbrook had beaten West Hallam in the other game in a very low scoring thriller, the Millers knew that 15 points in Sunday’s game at Wirksworth would see them join champions Nutbrook in Division One next season.