The long awaited twenty20 final between Langley Mill and Sawley and LE Park was played on Sunday to decide who goes forward to Derbyshire CCC’s County Ground in September to play in a finals day.
In front of a packed crowd at Station Road, the Millers won the toss and elected to bat first, hoping to build on the previous few weeks’ encouraging performances.
After six overs, the Millers had crashed to 22-4 and were in desperate need of the ship being steadied.
Enter Paul Bailey. Just like in the last round he held the millers innings together to give them a fighting chance. Initially, Bailey and Tullett had a mini partnership of 48 to give the score some respectability until Tullett fell for 18.
Enter Jay Holmes who smashed 31 in 16 balls to to help take the Millers over 100. Holmes and Bailey put on 52 for the sixth wicket. Bailey (41) got out with a couple of overs remaining the Millers finished on 137-8 from their 20 overs.
For Sawley the pick of the bowlers was Rob Owen who ripped through the top order taking 4-11 off his four overs.
In reply, Sawley, needing seven per over, got off to a good start but with a small total to chase the game was always going to be tense.
Jack Scott nipped in with two wickets to leave Sawley 40-2 off seven overs. Skipper Bailey removed opposite number Cameron with his first ball.
After 15 overs Sawley had reached 74-5 with Bailey taking three wickets.
Sawley were not going to lie down though and Eckersley, along with Glover, brought them back into it, both hitting 32. It came down to the last two overs and 31 runs. Bacon bowled his over for 15 which meant Holmes had to keep it tight.
Eckersley holed out and Bacon caught it well in the deep. With wickets in hand the game was still on a knife edge but Holmes held his nerve to send the Millers’ crowd into a frenzy. The last over only went for nine, which sends the Millers to the finals day on Saturday September 13.
Many thanks to all the helpers as well as the fantastic support which made it all a brilliant day.