Langley Mill hopes are wrecked by rain
Langley Mill United were thwarted by the weather in the Derbyshire Premier League on Saturday as their game was halted early just when they looked set to beat visiting Chesterfield.
Heavy rain flooded the outfield, leaving the umpires with little alternative but to abandon the match with the Millers well on top and set for a 22-point win.
Some early rain delayed the start and the match was reduced to 42 overs.
Chesterfield skipper Alex Hibbert won the toss and put the Millers in.
That looked a good decision when Kiegen Wing was out caught and the Millers score on eight.
However, Suman Shrestha, steadied the ship in partnership with Samit Patel, the pair adding 70 runs before Shrestha was out for 23 leaving Samit Patel, nicely poised on 44, to be joined by his brother, Akhil.
The pair added a further 117 runs from the next 88 balls before Akhil was out for a well-crafted innings of 33 runs, constantly working the strike for Samit to take advantage of the bowling contributing 71 runs to the partnership from a mere 43 balls.
Samit was finally out in the 35th over for 115 runs.
Tom Brandrick continued his current good form adding 38 in the company of skipper Danny Hanson, the pair adding a dashing 71 and Hanson ending unbeaten with 33 runs from only 17 balls faced. Langley Mill closed on 281-6.
The pick of the bowlers for Chesterfield was Andrew Parkin-Coates with three wickets followed by Saad Sarwary with two.A score of 282 to win from 42 overs was a tough task, but with current Notts player Ben Slater opening the batting Chesterfield must have been confident.
That confidence was quickly shattered when Slater was trapped lbw by the Millers’ Scott Parkin to leave the visitors 10-1.
Alex Bacon then clean bowled the other opener, Luke Westwell, and, with Parkin adding the wicket of Callum Hiron, Chesterfield were teetering on 29-3.
Storm clouds were hovering as Alex Hibbert notched up 37 runs from 31 balls help the visitors to 70 from 14 overs before rain returned.