Langley Mill win to close gap on Tutbury

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The promotion race is starting to hot up for Langley Mill after leaders Tutbury lost and the Millers defeated Sandiacre.

The Millers hosted Sandiacre on another warm day at the Mill. Sandiacre won the toss and elected to bat first.

As with the previous week the Millers opted to open bowling with the spin of Simon Lacey and pace of Jack Scott, in return Sandiacre could only muster three an over as they found the going hard.

At the halfway point of the game Sandiacre had reached 68 for 2 off 23 overs with Jack Scott picking a couple of wickets up, that of opener John Trueman, caught by Fritz De Beer for five and Ben Ruhrmund caught by Jamie Salmons for 15.

Skipper Andrew Bailey and Josh Lacey joined the attack and had an immediate impact and Sandiacre suddenly found themselves 101 for 5 as Josh Lacey picked up two in two balls.

With 10 overs still to go Sandiacre needed to push on and score some runs, but the millers bowlers continued to bowl tight lines which resulted in further wickets.

Top scorer Dave Jordison was bowled by Josh Lacey for 54 and in the end Sandiacre finished on 182 for 8 from their 46 overs.

Andrew Bailey and Josh Lacey picked up three wickets each and there was two wickets for Jack Scott.

Although Simon Lacey did not get any wickets his 14 overs went for just 29 runs.

In reply the Millers chase stuttered to start with as openers Lewis Pinder (5) and Jay Holmes (1) were back in the shed after just eight overs with the Millers on just 28.

After this it was one way traffic as Fritz De Beer (75*), which included 10x4 and 2x6 and Jamie Salmons (75) which included 10x4 and 3x6 put on a third wicket stand of 110 to take the game away from Sandiacre.

In the end the Millers knocked off the total in 29 overs to gain maximum points. With Tutbury losing it means the gap to the top is cut to 35 points and 2nd remains at 29 points.

It is promising to be an entertaining end to the season as fourth placed Morton are also a point behind the Millers.

Next week the Millers travel to West Hallam whom they beat earlier on in the season.