The ‘Samit Patel show’ as new boys Langley Mill win again
It was the Samit Patel show as promoted Langley Mill United made it two wins in three matches, beating Swarkestone by eight wickets in the Derbyshire County Cricket League Premier Division.
The experienced Notts and former England man claimed a superb 6-7 off 10 overs before hammering an unbeaten106 that included 90 runs in boundaries with nine sixes and nine fours.
No one at the Mill is getting carried away, but a home win against Swarkestone, winners of the division five years ago, showed many qualities that were lacking last season.
Mills’ addition of Samit Patel is a massive boost and the confidence gained from playing alongside one of the game’s top performers and the belief that instils, is showing both on and off the field.
Chairman of the club Dan Lacey watching his first match of the season said: “What a clear turnaround.
“Samit’s addition is playing a huge part, but there were some very good displays by other members of the team who are showing they are more than capable of playing at this level.”
Swarkestone chose to bat and reached 105-2 before Samit's introduction slowed them down as they went into decline with only opener Thomas Hamilton (51) and Tommy Sturgess (24) staying around as they were all out for 161. The last 18 overs saw eight wickets falling with the addition of only 56 runs.
In reply, the Millers lost Keigen Wing early, but Suman Strestha and Samit Patel carried the attack to the opposition, despite Samit surviving one almighty LBW appeal.
Shrestha was out for 26 enabling another Patel to come to the crease, Samit’s brother Akhil, no mean slouch with the bat himself.
From 83-2 from 14 overs, the 79 runs for victory were added in a mere 49 balls with Samit finishing not out.
The Millers second team are still searching for their first win of the season after a dramatic one wicket defeat at Matlock and Cromford Meadows.
The Millers scored 188-9, with good contributions from Martin Brandrick 30, Daniel Pheasant 45 and Daniel Bramhall 33.
Alex Bacon then ripped through Matlock’s top order and they found themselves 19-4. But in the end the Millers just didn't have enough to get over the line as Joe Pyne scored 54 not out to snatch victory at 190-9, Bacon with 6-51 the Millers' star bowler.