Langley Mill’s first team returned to action after a three-week weather-induced lay-off to win their first league home game of the season.
Langley Mill Utd (27pts) 206-5 [46 overs] (S Thimal 35, P Bailey 82, J Holmes 70) beat Shipley Hall (5pts) 155 all out [36.2 overs] (J Cockayne 79, J Wharton 6-27, J Scott 3-48) by 51 runs.
Rich Davey lost the toss for the first time this season and Langley Mill were asked to bat.
Paul Bailey and Sajendra Thimal opened cautious and after 15 overs they had moved onto 62 for 0. Thimal then went back to Graham Farnsworth and was adjudged LBW for 35.
Jamie Salmons came in for his first outing in nine weeks but lasted only six balls, caught and bowled by Farnsworth.
Jay Holmes joined Bailey and these two put on a patient 84 before Bailey fell for a well carved out 82 bowled by Ryan North.
The Millers had been hoping for a score of around 240 but had to settle for much less as a few quick wickets fell.
Jack Scott and Jeff Wharton both falling to North who was pick of the Shipley bowlers with 3-20.
Jay Holmes remained unbeaten at the end for an excellent 70 with Andrew Bailey holding the other end up for 5 not out.
Shipley’s innings got off to a disastrous start with four wickets falling in the first seven overs. first to go was Ryan North caught by Jay Holmes.
Mark Starr soon followed LBW to Wharton and Jack Scott soon got in on the action having Thomas Starr caught behind after previously having him caught off a no ball.
Ex miller Daniel Hanson suffered the same fate. Firstly being caught off a no ball and with a second life he didn’t take advantage as he chased a wide one and was caught by Andrew Bailey.
At 27 for 4 Shipley were in danger of being rolled over but James Cockayne had other ideas and along with Brett Appleton they steadily moved the score on.
As frustration set in, Jay Holmes was introduced and he broke the partnership up by taking the wicket of Appleton excellently caught by Wharton in the deep.
At 109 for 5 the game was still in the balance and while the experienced Cockayne was at the crease Shipley had a chance.
Daniel Haddon joined Cockayne and these two took the score to 154. 53 short of target with 13 overs remaining.
Jeff Wharton returned to bowl a devastating spell firstly picking up Haddon for 13 caught by Andrew Bailey and then removing Cockayne well caught in the deep by Jay Holmes.
At 155 for 7 the game had tilted back in the Millers favour. Wharton cleared the tail up without another run being scored.