Millers seconds maintain top spot

Stainsby Hall (6pts) 154 all out [43.4 overs] (D Bignall 43, J Wood 35, R Davey 4-41, L Rowley 3-30) lost to Langley Mill Utd (27pts) 262-6 [46 overs] (N Wing 93, C Parker 77, R Wood 4-53) by 108 runs.

Langley Mill’s second team continued to dominate 6 North with an easy 108 run defeat of neighbours Stainsby Hall at St John’s Road on Saturday.

A blistering second wicket partnership of 93 in only ten overs by Neil Wing and Alex Bacon, accompanied by a patient 106 run sixth wicket partnership by Craig Parker and Lewis Pinder saw the Millers to 262 for 6 in their 46 overs.

Wing’s contribution was 93 in only 81 balls, including 12 fours and 4 sixes, and Bacon’s 25 came at more than a run a ball. Parker hit a superb 77 from 72 balls (12 fours and a six) and Pinder chipped in with an unbeaten 27.

For Stainsby, Rob Wood was the clear bowling pick with 4 for 53 and Sunny Kooner’s solitary wicket cost him 53 runs.

In reply, Stainsby were soon in trouble losing Shaun Brown, bowled by Jay Holmes for a single and Rob Wood, leg before to Steve Walker for 9, with only 13 on the board. David Oppenheimer batted 55 balls for his 18 before he was caught by Oliver Blake, off Rich Davey, but Craig Ottewell lasted just one ball as he was trapped leg before by Davey.

Skipper John Wood and Ben Bignell were the mainstay of the Stainsby innings, but Davey removed both, Wood stumped by Pinder for 35 and Bignell bowled for 43. Luke Rowley picked up the wickets of Michael Cresswell, caught and bowled for 4, Connor Bostock, out without scoring and Sunny Kooner, leg before for 10.

Matt Bramhall hit a brisk 21 batting at ten but when he was caught by Parker, to give Walker his second, the Millers were heading for home with 27 points secured.

For the Millers, Davey returned 4 for 42 and Rowley 3 for 30. Walker’s two came at a cost of 37 and Holmes’ wicket cost him 27 runs.

The Millers remain at the top of the table, 19 points clear of Sandiacre Town, who have a game in hand, with Codnor a further five points adrift in third.

Seconds stroll into cup second round

Langley Mill Utd 284-5 [45 overs] (J Holmes 105, A Ball 58, R Krupiak 65*) beat Barton 132 all out [31 overs] (S Holland 63, R Davey 5-16) by 152 runs

Another scintillating second team display saw the Millers stroll through round one of the Wright Cup with an easy 152 run defeat at home to Barton Under Needwood. Jay Holmes’ second century in successive weeks and a 5-for from skipper Rich Davey set up a second round tie at Cutthorpe on June 19th.

Batting first in blustery conditions, the Millers were stunned when Neil Wing was bowled first ball by Jack Moss and Alex Bacon was caught by Nick Phillips, also off Moss, for a single to reduce the hosts to 7 for 2.

Holmes and Andrew Ball then repaired the damage with a third wicket partnership of 121 before Ball was bowled by Nick Lathbury for 58. Rich Krupiak took Balls place at the crease and he and Holmes took the score to 194 before Holmes was caught by Chris Brown, off Alex Nesbitt, for a superb 105. Holmes’ innings included 16 fours and 3 sixes.

Krupiak took over the lead from Holmes and despite losing Lewis Pinder, run out for 3, he went on to score his highest Millers’ score of an unbeaten 65, bettered only by his 123 for Stainsby Hall back in 2008.

At the end of the 45 overs, Langley Mill had reached a whopping 284 for 5 with Oliver Blake the other not out batsman on 20. For the visitors, Moss returned figures of 2 for 53, Nesbitt 1 for 54 and Lathbury 1 for 36.

In reply, the visitors were no match for the slow, but deceptive bowling of Davey who picked up five Barton wickets at a cost of only 16 from his nine overs, taking him into second place in the entire league wicket takers on 19 wickets.

Steve Walker contributed with 2 for 18 and Holmes picked up a couple for 33 as Barton slumped to 132 all out in the 31st over. Bacon was the other wicket taker.

For Barton, only Simon Hollands make a significant contribution scoring 67 while Taylor Millington (19) and Lathbury (13) were the only other batsmen to reach double figures.