Mixed weekend for the Millers

Langley Mill’s 1st team slumped to a third defeat of the season against promotion contenders West Hallam on Saturday in Division Two.

Winning the toss, Langley Mill batted first but soon found it very hard going early on against the good bowling from West Hallam, in particular Pete Hort.

The Millers only reached 15 off the first ten overs. Then both Bailey and Pinder fell within an over of each other to leave the Millers 20-2 off 14 overs. Worse was to come as the Millers could not get going and slumped to 68-7 off 27 overs. Jack Scott (30) and Jay Holmes (21) offered some resistance and give the Millers at least something to bowl at, but 132 all out is not good enough in Division Two.

Hort was the main man for West Hallam, returning 5-20 off his 14 overs. Barrow picked up two wickets and there was a wicket apiece for Brandrick and Cruz.

The Millers needed a good start and they got just that, removing Tom Brandrick second ball but that was as good as it got for the Millers as West Hallam batted patiently to record a 27-point, nine-wicket victory. Martin Brandrick finished on 45 not out and Tatler 61 not out.

The Millers must pick themselves up as they face Trentside at Langley Mill this Saturday (1.30pm start).

Meanwhile, the seconds bounced back from last week’s defeat to record a 22-point victory.

Winning the toss, the Millers asked Chesterfield to take the first knock. They were soon in trouble as Bacon and Patel ripped through the top order, leaving Chesterfield 51-,. Bacon taking the first four wickets and one for Patel.

Steven Bailey then managed to pick a couple of wickets up. For Chesterfield, the only resistance came from Tom Holland, who finished 32 not out, as the Millers eventually bowled Chesterfield out for 125. Alarmingly 50 of those where extras. Bailey finished with 2-40, Patel 3-65 and Bacon 4-16.

After tea, the Millers made the same start as Chesterfield did as Shazad Jamil ripped through the top order to leave them at 56-6.

But enter Grant Ball and Rohit Patel, who batted calmly to see the Millers home. Ball finished with 41 and Patel 37. For Chesterfield, Jamil took 5-34 but 29 extras also on the total did not help Chesterfield.

This was a welcome win for the Millers but they must up their game if they are to look at pushing up the table. Next is a visit to Clay Cross (1.30pm).