Cricket: Langley Mill suffer only second loss

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.

Langley Mill suffered only their second league defeat of the season on Saturday.

Their opponents West Hallam won the toss and elected to bat and made the Millers bowlers toil. Martin and George Brandrick produced a superb and match winning opening stand of 222 to take the game away from the Millers.

Both innings where chanceless which does soften the blow on the defeat but does not make it any easier.

George Brandrick was first to fall for West Hallam scoring 107 which included 15x4 and 1x6 and was soon followed by father Martin Brandrick for 123 (20x4).

After this the next two batsmen Thomas Brandrick and Carl Cruz took West Hallam to 290-2 from their 46 overs.

Thomas Brandrick finishing 37 not out. Jack Scott picked up the two wickets.

In reply, the Millers never really made any serious partnerships and lost wickets at regular intervals. At the halfway point the Millers had reached 99-4 with Carl Cruz ripping through the top order.

Fritz De Beer (72) did hang around but eventually ran out of partners. The Millers did briefly over some resistance and looking like getting past 200 when Jack Scott scored a brisk 30 but then lost their last four wickets for two runs and where 176 all out in the 36th over.

A reversal from the previous encounter against West Hallam and there are now five games remaining with the race for promotion wide open with anyone from six that could sneak in. Next week the Millers travel to South Wingfield hoping to erase the memory from Cock Orchard (1.30pm start).

Lanley Mill II drew with Chesterfield Barbarians in a high-scoring match.