Exciting changes at Langley Mill as new season commences

Langley Mill United CC hope subtle changes to their squad will see an improvement in fortunes ahead of the Derbyshire Premier League season, starting this weekend.

Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 12:00 am
Samit Patel has returned to Langley Mill United (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

The Millers lost all ten of their matches in 2020, the enforced abandonment of the campaign eventually resulting in them getting another crack at the top division.

Despite the retirement of influential former Derbyshire spinner and Millers player/coach, Simon Lacey, the club have announced that Samit Patel, who played for Langley Mill prior to joining Nottinghamshire and representing his country in test, T20 and one day internationals, is to return.

Club chairman Dan Lacey said: “Samit recently retired from red ball cricket and will be available to play in 75 per cent of the club’s matches. He’ll bring a wealth of experience of playing at the highest level to the club which can only develop the talent we already have.

"This is an incredible club with a huge amount of history, it’s about getting back to those values that makes us special.”

Aaron Tullett, the club’s fifth all-time run scorer, returns as head of cricket and development, while they have also recruited Akhil Patel – Samit’s brother – from Ilkeston and Nepalese born but UK-qualified Sunam Shrestha.

Patel has scored over 9,000 runs and taken 340 wickets at DPL level, while Shrestha bowls leg spin and bats top order.

Lacey added: “Aaron will bring some overall structure and discipline to coaching, training and match days for all teams from juniors up to the first eleven.

"He has been a long servant to the club and will instil a little bit of the ‘Langley Mill way’ back into the heart of the club.”

Tullett said: “I think, as a club we lost our way last season and I’m here to give the senior players the kick up the rear-end they sometimes need whilst taking on the development of the next generation of Millers.”

Club president Andrew Ball said: “We’ve recruited well and strengthening the first team creates good competition for places that will have a knock-on effect for the other teams. ​​​Securing the services of Samit is the icing on the cake and Aaron Tullett could well be the best signing of all.”

The Millers host Eckington on Saturday at noon.