Millers seconds ease towards safety

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Langley Mill CC’s second team made it another league match unbeaten as they continue to pick up valuable points to stave off the threat of relegation last weekend.

Quarndon, near the top of Division 4N, won the toss and elected to bat. The Millers came out the blocks early and reduced Quarndon to 11-2 with opening partners Rohit Patel and David Brunelleschi doing the early damage.

Johnny Acton joined Ben Davies and these pair put on 113 for the third wicket before Johnny Acton became Luke Blake’s first wicket on his return to Langley Mill.

Josh Lacey, fresh from his Bunbury Cricket Festival, was introduced into the attack to help keep the runs down and he struck straight away, having Luke Mcneilly caught by Daniel Pheasant for 32.

By the time Ben Davies was out he had done the opener’s job by batting through the innings and anchoring one end, he was eventually out in the last over for 78 to the bowling of Daniel Lacey.

The Millers had been set 227 by Quarndon.

For the Millers Rohit Patel picked up two wickets and there was a wicket a piece for the rest of the bowlers.

In reply the Millers lost three quick wickets to slip to 47-3 as Sam Wood and Qaisar Khan hit their straps early.

James Harrison and Josh Lacey then set about repairing the early damage with a partnership of 63 to push the Millers past the hundred mark.

Both batsmen then fell in quick succession as Quarndon sniffed victory, James Harrison caught by Sam Clamp for 13 and then Josh Lacey bowled by Qaisar Khan for 57 (seven fours and one six).

The Millers did lose a few more wickets but Daniel Pheasant stood firm for 33 and the Millers finished on 161-8 from their 46 overs.

For Quarndon Qaisar Khan was the pick of the bowlers with 4-38.

This week sees the Millers host Breadsall, whom they lost to earlier on in the season and will be hoping for revenge.

Breadsall are currently in sixth place whereas the Millers sit third from bottom.

A couple of wins will hoist the Millers away from the trapdoor.