Run charge returns Langley Mill to the winning path

Opening batsman George Brandrick, whose half-century guided Langley Mill United towards a big total.
Opening batsman George Brandrick, whose half-century guided Langley Mill United towards a big total.

Half-centuries by three players helped Langley Mill United return to the winning path after four games without success in Division One of the Derbyshire County League.

Opener George Brandrick set the trend against Alrewas, making 58 (11 fours) and sharing a century stand of 106 for the first wicket with Kiegen Wing, who added a well-crafted 39 that featured four fours.

With Daniel Hanson and Ruan Van der Walt both adding 63s later on, the Millers cruised to a formidable total of 297-6 in their allotted 50 overs, which proved enough for a 43-run victory.

Once Brandrick and Wing had gone, two of four victims for Alrewas’s best bowler, Sam Van Daesdonk (4-60 in 15 overs), the board was kept ticking over by Matt Heafield (27, two sixes and two fours).

But the innings was really brought to life by the sixth-wicket partnership worth 118 between Hanson, who clobbered four sixes and eight fours, and Van der Walt, who hammered three sixes and five fours. It was a spectacular exhibition of cricketing pyrotechnics.

To their credit, Alrewas were up for the run chase, despite losing two early wickets for only 13. Josh Jones, with 77 (four sixes and ten fours) off only 60 balls, and Kieron Fenton, with 74 (three sixes and six fours), off 80 balls, led the way, putting on 86 for the fourth wicket.

However, threy were pegged back by three wickets apiece from Jay Holmes (3-41 in ten overs) and that man Van der Walt (3-14 in 6.2) and were bowled out in the 47th over.