Paul Bailey hits 10,000th run as Langley Mill beat Wirksworth in Marstons Smooth Cup

Paul Bailey.
Paul Bailey.

Langley Mill progressed to the second round of the Marstons Smooth cup with a 39 run win over Wirksworth.

A personal milestone was reached by Paul Bailey during the Millers innings as he smashed his 10,000th run as Langley Mill posted a commanding 313/6 in their 50 overs.

Paul Bailey hit his 10,000th run in Langley Mill's win

Paul Bailey hit his 10,000th run in Langley Mill's win

It was not all plain sailing for the Millers who lost a couple of early wickets, firstly Pinder (10) and then Salmons (32).

At the half way point the Millers had reached 141/2 with Bailey and Thimal rebuilding and pushing the Millers towards a large score.

Thimal (52) was the next to fall after being bowled by Marshall, with the score at 186/3.

Simon Lacey (35) came and supported Bailey (67) before they both fell within a few overs of each other.

The Millers, now in a commanding position with the big guns ready to come in, went on to smash 90 runs from their last 10 overs.

For Wirksworth, Rowland and Woolley picked up a wicket a piece and there was two wickets each for Perry-Taylor and Marshall.

With such a large total to chase it did not seem likely that there would be any other outcome than a Millers victory.

Syed Abrar, a 17 year-old from the UAE, had other ideas as he hit an impressive 115, although Wirksworth were never up with the run rate.

Yet they had not lost many wickets either so a charge was on the cards, with Abrar and Jeffriess (32) putting on 100 for the third wicket.

This left Wirksworth at 136/3 off 33, before Ben Perry-Taylor came in and hit a brisk 21 and Marshall 36 to leave the Millers starting to twitch a little as the run rate increased.

Thimal then struck with four overs to go removing Abrar for 115, with some quick work by Pinder behind the stumps.

This then swung the game back to the Millers with 50 being required off 4 with the danger man gone.

In the end Wirksworth finished on 274/8 after an excellent chase, which didnt look likely at the half way stage.

The Millers will now face Rolls Royce away in three weeks time at Rolls Royce.