Langley Mill 1sts travelled to Ockbrook and Borrowash for the last game before the turnaround in Division Two of the DDCL and came back with a losing draw.
The Millers won the toss and bowled first on a cracked and dry pitch.
Ockbrook raced away to 74 after only ten overs. Jack Scott did manage to pick an early wicket up but the introduction of spin at one end with Andrew Bailey and pace at the other with Jay Holmes began to contain Ockbrook’s quick start and in the 19th over Bailey struck twice in two balls, removing opener Brandrick for 43 and Mitchell for a first ball duck.
At 105 for 3, Ockbrook where still in command but the Millers had started to claw their way back into the game reducing the run rate.
Holmes took the next wicket just after drinks with the score 114-4. For Ockbrook, Ball and Wood were playing within themselves to not lose anymore wickets and build on the quick start but it got to much for Wood (40) as he lofted Bailey to the boundary and Hanson took a comfortable catch.
As before, Bailey then took another wicket the next ball to leave Ockbrook 134-6. Holmes and Bailey’s spells both finished with only 78 being scored off their 28 overs, Holmes taking one wicket and Bailey four.
Ockbrook lost one further wicket and finished on 214-7 off their 46 overs with Ball finishing 51 not out. Scott took the other two wickets.
After tea, the Millers came out looking to build a solid foundation with Andrew Bailey and Lewis Pinder.
After ten overs, they had moved the score onto 35-0 and beginning to look comfortable. Ockbrook then changed the bowling around and Pinder (34) lofted Wharton straight up.
The opening partnership being 77 off 19 overs which shows promise for the future. Bailey fell next again to Wharton, bowled for 38. This soon became 108-5 as Wharton ripped through the top order.
In the end, the game fizzled out into a draw with Aaron Tullett scoring a fine 43 on his return to the first team and helping push the Millers close to pick up further bonus points.
The Millers finished on 180-9 to take ten points away. Wharton was the pick of the bowlers with 6-45, Burrow, Zydie and Wood all picked up a wicket apiece.
Next week sees the Millers travel to West Hallam to begin the final half of the season
There have been some encouraging signs of late and the millers will be hoping to push on from here. The game has a 1.30pm start.