Paul Bailey ton keeps Langley Mill at the top

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Langley Mill XI remain top of the table after building on last week’s crushing win over the Royces with a rain-affected draw over Sawley.

On a gloomy and cold day the Millers were asked to bat first.

Lewis Pinder and Paul Bailey opened up with Pinder (22) making all the early running, but then he chipped up in the 7th over to give Swain his first wicket. Jamie Salmons (2) didn’t last long either and the Millers had slipped to 31 for 2 after 7 overs.

Aaron Tullett joined Bailey and these pair started to repair the early damage until Tullett (24) was stumped by Eckersley off Siberts bowling.

The halfway point arrived with the Millers on 75 for 3 with Simon Lacey at the crease with Bailey.

The pair pushed on and put a match-turning partnership in of 117 for the fourth wicket as they dominated the latter stages.

Lacey (44) eventually fell stumped by Eckersley, but the millers had a great platform but more importantly Bailey was still at the crease.

With 10 overs to go the Millers were on 181 and looking at a score in excess of 200.

Bailey brought his hundred up, his 41st hundred in Millers colours.

This coupled with some late hitting and support from Hanson (11) and Scott (14*) took the millers to 253 for 5 off their 46 overs.

For Sawley there was a wicket a piece for Swain, Atif and Sibert, Barry White picked up the other two.

During the innings there was a persistent drizzle and after tea this halted proceedings until 6.30pm.

With an abandonment the only feasible results, skipper Bailey tried several options with the ball to try and prize a few wickets for extra bonus points.

The Millers managed to get 25 overs in and Sawley finished on 95 for 3.

Holmes picked up one wicket and Hanson picked up the other two in the final over of the game. To secure the extra point Oliver Blake to a brilliant diving catch, then on the final ball Hanson took a return caught and bowled.

Apart from the weather, it was another satisfying day for the Millers who remain top of Division Two.

Next week the Millers host Walton-on-Trent, who where promoted from Division Three last season.