Millers’ 2nd XI start off with a draw

Langley Mill’s 2nd XI got their 2012 campaign underway in Derbyshire League Division 5N hoping to emulate the first XI from the week before at Belper Meadows.

New skipper for the 2012 season, Andrew Ball, won the toss and asked Belper to bat, with the game being reduced to 23 overs each following a rain delay.

Grant Ball and Jay Holmes were given the new ball and after ten overs Belper were 38-1 with Holmes taking the wicket.

Belper’s top three of Holland, Horton and Spendlove all reached their 20s.

From here on it was downhill. After a short unsuccessful cameo from Ryan Cox, Ball was introduced to the attack again taking three wickets in his first over.

Belper’s solid start had now been reduced to 68-5 with 7 overs remaining.

Meadows’ lower order managed to push on to leave them on 93-9 off their allocated 23 overs.

Grant Ball with 4 for 25, Jay Holmes 3 for 30 and Alex Bacon 2 for 20 bowled very well in damp conditions.

The Millers started off poorly losing last year’s danger man Neil Wing in the first over for just two runs.

Kelly for the Meadows was bowling exceptionally well with his left arm medium pace causing trouble to the Millers top order.

After ten overs Langley Mill were 29-3 with Kelly taking all three wickets and returning 3 for 9 off his seven overs.

Langley Mill’s run chase never got going and some very poor shot selection left them on the brink of a losing start but Lewis Pinder, on his return from a serious leg injury, stood firm to take the Millers through for a losing draw.