Millers hold on to claim a draw

Andrew Bailey, Langley Mill CC
Andrew Bailey, Langley Mill CC

Langley Mill 1sts travelled to Sandiacre Town on Saturday in Division Two of the DCCL, hoping to build on last week’s victory against Aston.

Skipper Bailey won the toss and elected to bowl first.

For 15 overs, the millers only had nine men due to work commitments. By the time Jack Scott arrived, Jay Holmes had taken the new ball and struck to remove Leek for nine and Sandiacre were 67 for 1.

But with many gaps in the field, Sandiacre punished the Millers and pushed onto 100 at drinks from an excellent partnership from Domleo and Jordison. Skipper Bailey removed Jordison (49) and Bill Anderson (5) to slow the rate down but at the other end Domleo reached his 50 and was pushing on but he was eventually run out for 87.

With wickets in hand, Sandiacre could afford to hit out and did just that. Skipper Goodall came in and hit a brisk 16, backed up by Priestly, who ended up 50 not out. Sandiacre finished on 240-5. Andrew Bailey took 2-66, Holmes 1-52, and Scott 1-49.

In reply, the Millers got off to a good start, reaching 50 off ten overs without loss. Pinder’s departure broke this partnership, caught by Anderson off Goodall’s bowling for 23.

After this, there was a steady fall of wickets and the game was heading for a draw. For the Millers, the main aim after losing a few wickets was not to lose as this would have gifted Sandiacre 27 points. Hanson top scored with 43 but after that the Millers never backed him up.

In the end, the Millers batted out, finishing on 138-8 with only one wicket remaining due to only having 10 men.

Taylor and Goodall both picked three wickets up for Sandiacre.