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Langley Mill shoot to top of table with convincing win

Andrew Bailey, whose off-spin proved highly effective for Langley Mill United in their win.
Andrew Bailey, whose off-spin proved highly effective for Langley Mill United in their win.

Proud Langley Mill United sit top of the First Division in the Derbyshire County League after a convincing nine-wicket victory at home to Stainsby Hall.

The Millers could hardly be faulted for their afternoon’s work as they shone in all departments, beginning with the ball and in the field as they dismissed the visitors for just 140.

Stainsby raced to 30 from the first five overs, but once skipper Jack Scott (3-41 in 12 overs), who bowled an impressive line and length throughout, had removed overseas player Arend de Waal Gagiano for 19, wickets started to tumble.

The introduction of off-spinner Andrew Bailey proved fruitful as he finished with excellent figures of 4-37 from 11 overs. Simon Lacey also took 2-25 from 7.2 overs and Ben Ladd-Gibbon one for 34 from eight.

De Waal Gagiano’s opening partner, Jack Ratcliffe, did go on to top score for Stainsby with 27 and their skipper, George Morgan, fired a big six in his cameo knock of 19. But their total proved thoroughly inadequate as Langley Mill made light of the run chase.

Openers George Brandrick and Ruan Van der Walt (25, three fours) took the score to 52 before what proved to be the only casualty of the innings.

The rest of the job was accomplished by Brandrick, who made 55 (ten fours), and the lethal Ladd-Gibbon, who entertained all by cracking an unbeaten 51 off only 29 balls, including six sixes and three fours.