Leaders White Rose frustrated by Millers

West Hallam batsman George Brandrick hits the ball for four during the draw with Langley Mill on Saturday.
West Hallam batsman George Brandrick hits the ball for four during the draw with Langley Mill on Saturday.

West Hallam White Rose welcomed Langley Mill to Cock Orchard on Saturday and with the Millers setting the early pace in Division Two Hallam expected a tough test.

The Millers captain Andrew Bailey won the toss and asked West Hallam to bat first on what appeared to be a decent track.

Opening bowler Jack Scott found an early breakthrough when he dismissed Martin Brandrick and Matt Tatler cheaply and with the score at 57 for 2 the game was in the balance.

Hallam continued to put the pressure on the Millers fielders with a combination of big hitting and superb running, but wickets kept falling.

George Brandrick had made a magnificent 70 and when Tom Lockhart was caught and bowled for eight the score was 138 for 6 and the Langley Mill fielders made it known they felt they were on top.

The noise soon subdued as overseas Brian Hancock (63*) and the veteran Lee Barrow (32*) combined with an unbeaten seventh wicket partnership of 91 to see Hallam to 229 for 6 at the close.

Langley Mill felt they needed to get a strong start and sent in Daniel Hanson as a pinch hitter but he could only muster 15 before being bowled by James Lockhart.

Peter Hort clean bowled Bailey before Lockhart then removed Sajendra Thimal and Aaron Tullett to leave the Millers 65 for 4.

As panic set in amongst the batting team they decided to abort the run chase and make survival their priority.

This made wickets harder to come by but Thomas Lockhart and Barrow continued to make inroads and Langley Mill soon found themselves 96 for 7 and struggling to hold on.

James Lockhart returned to the attack and took another two wickets to take the score to 115 for 9 and leave him with figures of 5 for 43, however that last wicket would prove too difficult to find as ex-pro Simon Lacey refused to play a shot at anything and saw his team through to the end as they closed nine down but 112 short of the total.