LANGLEY Mill second XI beat Codnor firsts by 57 runs.
Following the poor weather in the week a wicket couldn’t be prepared, but with both teams keen to get a game in the match took place on the artificial wicket.
Codnor skipper Lee Colledge won the toss and elected to field but their bowlers didn’t trouble the Millers’ batsmen and with Andrew Ball and Neil Wing batting well the seconds had solid base with a 100 opening stand.
This partnership was ended at 113 when Ball chopped on from a Neil Sparham delivery.
Wing pushed on hitting sixes for fun, but with the score on 137 he fell for an excellent 77 when he skied a ball from Ben Wood straight into the hands of Leo.
The runs continued to flow for Langley Mill with Alex Bacon (31) and Nick Wright (35) putting on 60 for the third wicket.
Then a few wickets tumbled and the Millers were 218-5. Oliver Blake strolled out to the crease at seven, fresh off of breaking his duck. He then proceeded to get one and Langley Mill finished with a total of 222-6 off their 46 overs.
Colledge was the pick of the bowling with 3-42.
In reply, there was a good start for the opening batsmen Woolley and Beech with the score at 44-0 after 10 overs.
An excellent catch from Wright off of Walker’s bowling removed Woolley and the runs started to dry up for Codnor who were on 63-4 at drinks.
This brought Codnor captain Colledge and keeper Vincent together in the middle.
The pair batted well until Colledge was caught at mid wicket my Wing off the bowling of Ryan Cox, and when Vincent was bowled for 26 by Millers skipper Ball the game went away from Codnor.
Alex Bacon (4-29) then bowled an excellent spell to rip through the Codnor tail, sealing the 27 points in the penultimate over with his fourth wicket.
Walker, Cox and Andrew Ball all chipped in with two wickets, while Timmy Leo top scored for Codnor with 27.