Holders Langley Mill are through

Wright Cup holders Langley Mill once again locked horns with old rivals Belper Amateurs in the first round of the competition at the weekend.

On what appeared to be a bit of a sticky wicket after some rain throughout the week, Amateurs won the toss and had no hesitation in asking Langley Mill to bat.

The decision looked to have been a good one when Marhlam removed Mee for a duck in only the third over.

With the return of the talented Arron Tullet, batting at three, and the return to form of Andrew Ball, the Millers where able to once again build from the front.

Tullet was the aggressor before finally falling to Pickering for 51 and Ball made 52 before being bowled in the 20th over with the score at 140. Wright (22) and Lacey (25) also chipped in to leave the Millers with a total of 202.

In reply, Amateurs lost early wickets with both Walker and Bacon removing the openers and the Millers looked to be strolling to victory until a number of dropped catches let Belper back into the game.

With a quickfire 56 from captain Jamie Deeming, the run chase all of a sudden seemed on.

However, with some shrewd captaincy by Ball, Alex Bacon (4-22) was brought back into the attack and he produced a spell of bowling that removed not only the dangerous Deeming, but put to bed any chances of the Milers being knocked out at the first hurdle.

Amateurs were finally being bowled out for 168 in the 42nd over.