Langley Mill firsts returned to action against South Wingfield on a hot July Saturday, hoping to build on a positive start the previous week.
Wingfield skipper Dunn won the toss and elected to bat. They started at five per over until Jack Scott removed two wickets in the same over, taking Hopkins and Sultan on the first and last balls.
After ten overs, the score was 38-3. This brought Liam Mitchell to the crease to join Shuttleworth and they took the score to 155 before Bacon ripped through the middle order removing both men, Shuttleworth for 43 and Mitchell for 73 and the score was 159-5.
Wingfield then had a couple of other men that came in and blasted some vital runs - Drizen (37) and Kyle Mitchell (25 not out) to leave South Wingfield 256-8 off their 46 overs.
For the Millers, Bacon took 4-73, Scott 2-36 and Hatton 2-33.
In reply, the Millers were hoping to get off to a solid start and they did this with Pinder and Paul Bailey opening up. In the 11th over, Pinder (15) was harshly given out LBW having hit the ball first to give Wingfield their first wicket.
Scott joined Bailey and this pair took the score to 84 before Scott was bowled by Sultan for 22.
This brought Hanson (37) to the crease who, along with Bailey (65), took the Millers into a commanding position. Both fell within a few balls of each other to swing the game back in Wingfield’s favour. The score at that stage was 164-4.
With wickets in hand, the Millers still pushed for victory but a few further wickets fell to leave the game heading for a draw. Tullett (25) added some lusty blows but in the end the game ended in a draw with some positives again in the batting for the Millers.
The next game sees the Millers travel to Ambergate, who are currently second in Division Two of the DCCL and will be hoping to give them a real test with the bottom two just over their shoulder.