Double joy for seconds

LANGLEY Mill’s second XI made it back to back wins by overcoming Alfreton on Saturday.

Skipper Andrew Ball won the toss and put the home side in to bat, and excellent opening spells from Steven Walker and Grant Ball had the home side under pressure.

But Alfreton managed to consolidate with patient batting of James Fletcher and captain Andrew Simmons, the latter eventually bowled by the second ball of Alex Bacon’s spell.

Fletcher and Callum Toft put on 63 for the sixth wicket as Alfreton posted 151-6 from their 46 overs.

Walker and Ball were the picks of the bowling with two wickets a piece. Stewart Mee and Bacon both picked up a wicket each.

The Millers set about the run chase positively with Ball and Neil Wing’s opening partnership of 56 until Wing was dismissed for 34.

With only two other batsmen managing to get into double figures Ball carried his bat for 64 not out and saw the Millers over the line in the 44th over.

For Alfreton, Toft finished with 3-46.

l On Sunday the seconds took on Mickleover in the first round of the Wright Cup.

Batting first, the wickets of Neil Wing, Alex Bacon and Grant Ball saw the Millers in a precarious position and Andrew Ball was then dismissed for 37.

Nick Wright departed one short of his half century as the Millers pushed on to finish with 174-9 off their 45 overs.

The wickets were scattered for Mickleover with Cammidge and Singh picking up two each.

Excellent opening spells again from Steven Walker and Grant Ball soon had Mickleover behind the run rate.

With Ball dismissing both Mickleover openers, Singh came to the crease and when Adey joined him it became an intriguing encounter.

The two batsmen batted positively and got Mickleover back up to run rate.

However, when Grant Ball took an excellent catch off Dan Lacey’s bowling Singh was dismissed for 47.

The game looked as if it would go right down to wire but the excellent tight bowling from Langley Mill ensured their total of 174 was enough to advance to round two as Mickleover were all out for 157 with one ball remaining.

Alex Bacon was the pick of the bowling with 5 for 30. Grant Ball and Dan Lacey had two wickets apiece and Andrew Ball picked up the other.