by Alan Rowley
Langley Mill’s first team regained the winning thread with an easy victory over Pilsley on Saturday.
The Millers’ bowlers successfully tied down danger man Saeed Bin Nasir, which enabled the hosts to stroll to a six-wicket victory.
In overcast conditions, Pilsley were inserted by Millers’ skipper Andrew Bailey and the visitors started with a flourish.
Bin Nasir hit Jack Scott for three boundaries from the first three balls but the Millers had the last laugh as the next three batsman were all clean bowled without troubling the scorers.
Alex Beeson joined Bin Nasir and the pair took the Pilsley score to 82 before Beeson was bowled by Bailey. On 107, Mark Limb was the fifth batsman to make the lonely journey back to the pavilion when he was trapped leg before to Jeff Wharton for 16.
You can never rule Pilsley out while Bin Nasir is still at the crease, but the introduction of Dave Farnsworth changed the complexion of the game. Last year’s leading wicket taker removed the danger man with the score on 163, clean bowled for 80. Farnsworth then clean bowled both Amir Iqbal and Steve Bunning as Pilsley finished on 192 for 8.
For Langley Mill, Farnsworth was the pick with 3 for 30.
Langley Mill stuttered initially, losing Paul Bailey for 11 and Jamie Salmons for 24.
At 58 for 2, Sajendra Thimal and Andrew Bailey came together and put on a third wicket partnership of 84. When Bailey was bowled by Bin Nasir for 31, the Sri Lankan was already passed fifty. Despite losing Aaron Tullett, caught for 12, Thimal saw the Millers home with an unbeaten 71. Scott was unbeaten on 26.
The 22 points gained take the Millers to fourth spot, leapfrogging Pilsley on the way. Ockbrook & Borrowash still head the division on 107 points.