Simon Lacey claims five wicket haul as Langley Mill beat Matlock

Langley Mill v Matlock.
Lewis Pinder leaves the field after the fall of his wicket.
Langley Mill v Matlock. Lewis Pinder leaves the field after the fall of his wicket.

Langley Mill travelled to Matlock to face them for the third time this season.

Due to the Y Not festival nearby the Millers still only had five players with only 15 minutes to the start time and the remaining players warming up with the Matlock players.

Matlock skipper Ed Lander won the toss and asked the Millers to bat first. Jay Holmes and Lewis Pinder opened up and made a steady start reaching 29 off 5 overs with Lewis Pinder being the aggressor.

Matlock, fresh from their first victory of the season last week, then made the break through removing Jay Holmes for one, caught by Andy Paullett off Chris Pemberton’s bowling.

Jamie Salmons joined Lewis Pinder and these pair moved the score up to 77 before Jamie Salmons was bowled by Andrew Roberts for 17.

Fritz De Beer, who tormented Matlock in the reverse fixture, joined Pinder and these pair took the Millers passed the 100 mark.

Lewis Pinder brought up his 50 with a lovely lofted shot over mid off, with his 50 coming from 54 balls.

As the Millers looked to push the score on the wickets started to fall, firstly Lewis Pinder for 77 (10x4 and 1x6) and then Paul Bailey for two as the Millers were pegged back to 145 for 4 from 29 overs.

Another mini partnership between Josh Lacey and Fritz De Beer gained the Millers maximum batting points before Drew Mullaney ripped out the middle order for Matlock.

He picked up four wickets for 52 runs to help restrict the Millers. Fritz De Beer was eventually out to Chris Pemberton for a solid 80 (7x4 and 4x6).

Langley Mill finished on an above par score of 242 from their 46 overs with Andrew Bailey chipping in with a brisk 24 at the end.

The Millers whre hoping that this score would be enough to tempt Matlock to go for the runs as the previous game had been a bore draw.

Simon Lacey opened up with Jack Scott and it was not long before Matlock lost their first wicket with Simon Lacey doing the trick bowling David Lander for one.

Not to be out done Jack Scott struck at the other end removing Ed Lowe, LBW for 11.

From here on in Matlock offered some resistance, but the experienced Simon Lacey found a way through as Matlock collapsed to 66 for 6 with Simon Lacey taking five wickets.

The Millers kept probing away and by the time Simon Lacey had finished his 14 overs spell he returned impressive figures of 5 for 20.

His son Joshua Lacey then replaced him and struck immediately removing the stubborn Andrew Roberts.

At the other end skipper Andrew Bailey was also probing away and he eventually found a way through Matlock’ defences and picked two wickets up.

Matlock now 111-8 had no answer to the spinners and the Millers wrapped it up taking the last two wickets for no runs.

Josh Lacey bowling Johnny Ford for 22 to give the Millers maximum points and lift them up to third with seven games left this season.