by Alan Rowley
Langley Mill’s table-topping second team continued their fine run with a winning draw at Eckington on Saturday.
The Millers took first knock and were soon in trouble losing Neil Wing and Nick Wright both without scoring.
At 12 for 2, a rebuild was required and it was 16-year-old Alex Bacon who rose to the challenge, hitting a superb 88 before caught by Vaughan off Simon West after an innings of great maturity in difficult conditions which included 12 fours and a six.
Carlile took two more catches to remove Ball for 9 and Craig Parker for 14. Rich Krupiak was bowled by Connor Bridgeman for 17 and West picked up two more having Oliver Blake caught by Nicholas for 31 and Steve Walker caught by Mike Long for six.
Skipper Davey hit a quick unbeaten 12 and the Millers lost their ninth wicket when Rowley was bowled by Nicholas without scoring. Ryan Cox was unbeaten on one at the end as the Millers closed on a respectable 187 for 9. West took 4 for 32.
In reply, the hosts started slowly and reached 50 before the first wicket fell, Long caught by Parker behind the stumps for 19 to give Rowley his first.
Nicholas was next to go with the score on 94, caught by Bacon off Davey for a patient 45.
Only Carlile offered any real resistance hitting 34 before the middle order capitulated as Davey picked up 4 for 36 and Rowley 3 for 29, but West and Spencer Hunt held out for the losing draw.
l The seconds demolished Cutthorpe to reach the quarter-finals of the Wright Cup on Sunday.
Cutthorpe were all out for just 59, Rich Davey taking 4 for 7 and Luke Rowley 3 for 14.
The Millers passed the target in just 32 balls and for the loss of only one wicket to set up a clash with Nutbrook in the next round.