Langley Mill’s first team slumped to a third defeat of the season against promotion contenders West Hallam on Saturday in Division Two.
Winning the toss, Langley Mill batted first but soon found it very hard going early on against good bowling from West Hallam, in particular Pete Hort.
The Millers only reached 15 off the first ten overs. Then both Andrew Bailey and Lewis Pinder fell within an over of each other to leave the Millers 20-2 off 14 overs.
Worse was to come as the Millers could not get going and slumped to 68-7 off 27 overs. Jack Scott (30) and Jay Holmes (21) offered some resistance and give the Millers at least something to bowl at, but they were all out for 132. Jamie Salmons top scored with 35.
Hort was the main man for West Hallam, returning 5-20 off his 14 overs.
The Millers needed a good start and they got just that, removing Tom Brandrick second ball, but that was as good as it got for the Millers as West Hallam batted patiently to record a 27-point, nine-wicket victory. Martin Brandrick finished on 45 not out and Matt Tatler 61 not out.
The second XI bounced back from last week’s defeat to record a 22-point victory against Chesterfield who batted first.
They were soon in trouble as Alex Bacon and Rohit Patel ripped through the top order, leaving Chesterfield 51-5. Bacon taking the first four wickets and one for Patel. Steven Bailey then managed to pick a couple of wickets up.
The Millers eventually bowled Chesterfield out for 125.
After tea, the Millers made the same start as Chesterfield did as Shazad Jamil ripped through the top order to leave them at 56-6.
But Grant Ball and Patel, who batted calmly to see the Millers home, Ball finishing with 41 and Patel 37.