Six in a row for seconds

Staveley Welfare 151 all out (S Hardwick 35, S Walker 5-34) lost to Langley Mill Utd 230-6 (N Wing 72, A Bacon 56, C Parker 36, J Bullimore 3-66) by 79 runs

Langley Mill’s second team maintained their promotion push with another stunning performance at Staveley Welfare on Saturday.

This sixth win on the trot enables them to remain at the top of Division 6 North and put a clear 30-point gap between themselves and third-placed Eckington.

The hosts won the toss and asked the Millers to bat first, a decision which they were made to regret as big hitting Neil Wing raced to yet another 50. Despite losing Jay Holmes leg before to Jon Bullimore for 15, Wing took the Millers to three figures before he was caught by Brandon Groves, off Ryan Brown, for 71.

Andrew Ball was next to go when he was caught by Luke Mantle, off Corey Green, for 11 but Alex Bacon and Craig Parker piled on the runs. Bacon hit an excellent 56 before he was caught by Brown, off Sam Hardwick, and Parker hit 36 before he was bowled by Bullimore.

Oliver Blake hit 18 before he was the last wicket to fall but not before he had seen the Millers to 230-6 from their 46 overs.

In reply, Staveley were no match for a fiery Steve Walker who ripped through the upper order, picking up the first five wickets to fall.

The hosts lost Hardwick for a top scoring 35, caught by Rich Davey, to give Cox his second and when Brown was caught by Bacon, off Ball for a single, defeat was staring Staveley in the face at 117-8.

The tail made a valiant attempt to put off the inevitable, but Barton ran out Richard Hopkinson for 11 and Davey bowled Glenn Turner for 4 to dismiss Staveley for 151.

Walker’s heroics netted him 5-4 and Cox picked up a creditable 2-23.