Josh Lacey heroics secure battling draw for Langley Mill II against Codnor

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Langley Mill II secured a winning draw against local rivals Codnor on Saturday.

They were helped along the ways by a splendid 4 for 55 with the bowl and 53 with the bat by 14 year-old prospect Josh Lacey.

Andrew Ball again won the toss and gave Codnor first knock at the Goose lane ground.

Alex Bacon and Ron Patel opened the bowling, once Alex Bacon had settled down from bowling excessive wides he soon removed D. Colson.

Ron Patel was his usual consistent self and removed the dangerous T Leo.

At 20/2 Codnor looked in trouble until L. College and M. Anderson came together and repaired the damage.

The destructive College played a very positive innings dispatching the Millers bowlers to all parts of the ground.

M. Anderson also joined in with some aggressive shots through cover. The batsman looked in a confident mood until Steve Walker removed Anderson for 44.

At 100/3 Codnor had repaired the early damage. The Langley Mill captain then turned to spin with Josh Lacey being introduced at the Woodlinkin endmand he made an immediate impact removing L. College for 48.

M. Vincent then came in and used all his experience to hold the Codnor innings together as wickets continued to fall around him with Josh Lacey bowling J. Melbourne and having B. Wood trapped LBW.

M Vincent then played some aggressive shots over the top to finish on a solid 44 not out.

Codnor made a very competitive 187 all out with the wicket playing very slowly and low as expected.

The only negative for the Millers, was that the bowlers had given Codnor an additional 27 runs in extras which would eventually haunt the Millers.

On a positive, 14 year-old Josh Lacey finished with figures off 4 for 55 and Steve Walker 3 for 37.

At tea the Millers knew they would need to get off to a good start, but at the same time be wary of the pale wicket.

Andrew Ball and Neil Wing opened the batting and played some useful shots.

The Millers looked comfortable at 50 without loss, until Codnor introduced Lee College who made an immediate in-pact removing Neil Wing for 18 and then bowling Andy Ball for 27.

Nick Wright was next in, but got out with an outstanding ball from College, which saw his wickets cart wheel.

Lee College seemed to be re-living his youth as devastated the Millers by also bowling Danny Pheasant for 4.

At 67/4 the Millers looked like rolling over, until young Josh Lacey entered the crease and started to repair the damage caused by L College.

Lacey played the bowlers with merit and showed why this young promising cricketer has got a bright future with Langley Mill and Derbyshire.

His shot selection was pleasing on the eye, with some fine cover drives.

Lacey bought his 50 up with a lofted drive over the top to earn a standing ovation from the spectators.

T. Leo was then bought on for Codnor and removed Lacey for 53. Alex Bacon and Daniel Lacey played out for a draw finishing on 176/7.

The Millers fell short by only 11 runs, with the extras comi gback to haunt the young Millers.