Tantalising local derby thwarted by weather

Langley Mill Utd (10pts) 114-4 [25 overs] (P Bailey 50*) match abandoned v Denby (12pts) 199-6 [46 overs] (R Perry-Taylor 50, R Peat 84*)

Langley Mill entertained local rivals Denby seconds on what started out as a baking hot day but soon turned when the heavens opened.

Skipper Jeff Wharton won the toss and asked Denby to take the first knock on a dampish wicket. This looked to have paid dividends when Stephen Payne cut one to Paul Bailey in the gully for 0.

After the early wicket Denby settled in with Ross Perry-Taylor and Rob Peat. These pair set a solid second -icket partnership until the heavens opened.

At 91 for 1 off 25, Denby looked to be in charge but the rain came. There was a two-hour delay and tea was taken early.

The game looked destined to be abandoned but some miracle working by the Millers players cleared the ground of the standing surface water to give them the chance of playing.

The umpires left it to the two captains to agree which they did and play then got under way in what was now a time game.

This favoured the Millers as the first over after the break Perry-Taylor feel caught by Jack Scott in the deep off Andrew Bailey’s bowling for 50.

With it being a time game the Millers knew that if they had any chance of winning they had to bowl their overs quickly and efficiently.

They duly obliged and bowled 21 overs in an hour to give them a chance of winning the game. Denby, led by Rob Peat set a total of 199. Peat finished on 84 not out.

Under the circumstances batted very well and punished anything loose. Jay Holmes and Andrew Bailey both took 2 wickets and Jack Scott the other.

So, with around 30 overs to play for the Millers due to the time they needed to get off to a good start. They were cruising at five per over until Jamie Salmons drove one straight to Johnathon Simms at mid off to leave the Millers 25 for 1.

Holmes came in but didnt last long. He drilled one against his foot and it rolled back and the keeper stumped him to leave the millers 26 for 2.

Jack Scott joined Paul Bailey and these pair looked to be scoring freely until Scott fell to Phill Glenn for 24.

By this stage, the game was always heading to be a draw but the all important bonus points were still up for grabs. Thimal came in and blasted a quick 22. This was aided by Paul Bailey’s 51 not out to give the Millers an extra batting point.

At 3pm it looked like being six points each but the fantastic efforts to get a game ensured that both teams came away with a little more. It must have been the usual high standard of tea that fuelled the lads up!

The Millers visit Tutbury this week, looking to avenge the defeat earlier on the season. They will be hoping for a repeat of the cup game from a few years ago when they took victory against a side in a division higher.

With the season only having three games left, it looks like its mission accomplished for a first season in division two. The Millers will be looking to consolidate on this next year.