Last-gasp defeat for Millers at the hands of South Wingfield

Jamie Salmon on drives off the bowling of Gary Coxhead.
Jamie Salmon on drives off the bowling of Gary Coxhead.

Langley Mill 1sts hosted South Wingfield in a game that went down to the wire.

On a fine Saturday afternoon, Langley Mill won the toss and batted first.

With almost a full strength squad apart from the missing Andrew Bailey, Jamie Salmons returned to open the batting with Paul Bailey.

Both moved steadily along, taking the score to 49 before Salmons was bowled by ex-Miller Gary Coxhead for 24.

After this, both Bailey and the middle order were guilty of getting themselves in and not capitalising.

Bailey was finally removed for 42, again to Coxhead, Jay Holmes made 42, Wing 33 and Thimal 36. The Millers finished on 234 -9 off their 46 overs.

On a drying wicket, the Millers would have probably liked another 20 runs although South Wingfield did take their time and at one point were 30-1 off 18 overs.

However with the dangerous Chris Dunn at the crease and wickets in hand, the game was by no means a foregone conclusion.

Needing almost eight an over for the last ten, Dunn batted sensibly and made light work of the Millers’ bowling attack.

It was down to the introduction of Jay Holmes that the game went down to the wire.

After taking four wickets, South Wingfield needed two to win off the last ball.

With the field in, it was down to Henson to hit the winning runs, but there was no doubt that Dunn’s innings of 137 not out was the match winning performance.

This defeat will be a bitter pill to swallow for The Millers, and due to no fixture next Saturday, they must pick themselves up when they visit Cutthorpe on June 8.