Fritz De Beer shines as Langley Mill draw with Matlock

Langley Mill v Matlock.
Langley Mill's Fritz Debeer in action on Saturday.
Langley Mill v Matlock. Langley Mill's Fritz Debeer in action on Saturday.

The Millers kicked off their home campaign with a bore draw against Matlock.

The Millers skipper won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first.

Langley Mill v Matlock.
Langley Mill's Fritz Debeer in action on Saturday.

Langley Mill v Matlock. Langley Mill's Fritz Debeer in action on Saturday.

New opening partners Lewis Pinder and Jay Holmes took to the crease and, after 10 overs, they had reached the 50 partnership.

This was reduced to 76 for 2 as Drew Mullaney removed both openers, firstly Lewis Pinder (47) caught and bowled and then bowling Jay Holmes (21).

Jamie Salmons and Fritz De Beer came to the crease to start the rebuilding job and, by the halfway point, they had reached 123 for 2.

These pair then took the game away from Matlock, running ones and then punishing the bad ball with a boundary.

With 10 overs to go they where set and a huge total loomed as the millers where 211 for 2.

De Beer then brought up his maiden century for the millers smashing a 6 straight over the bowler and crashing in to the screen to the delight of the Millers crowd.

As the Millers pushed on they lost a few wickets, firstly Jamie Salmons for a fine 60.

A partnership of 160 for the third wicket put the millers in control. De Beer then followed for 100, caught by Phil Braund in the deep off Ed Lander’s bowling. His innings, included eight fours and five sixes.

The Millers then passed 300 in the last over as Paul Bailey (17*) and Jack Scott (21*) brought the innings to a close.

For Matlock David Lander and Drew Mullaney both picked up two wickets and Ed Lander picked up the other.

In reply Matlock got off to the worse possible start losing Mark Burton (4) LBW to Jack Scott with the score on only 10.

David Lander (17) followed with a brilliant reflex catch from Danny Hanson off Andrew Baileys bowling, and then Drew Mullaney (22) holed out to Andrew Bailey in the deep off Simon Lacey’s bowling.

This was as good as it got for the Millers as any hope of a crushing victory where dashed by Andrew Paulet (43*) and Ed Lander (34*) as they blocked out from the 15th over to earn a draw and frustrate the millers. The Millers tried nine bowling options but could not break through.

Next week sees the Millers travel to Sandiacre, a 130pm start.