Sajendra stars but Millers held to draw

Langley Mill batsman Jack Scott is pictured in action against Wirksworth & Middleton on Saturday.
Langley Mill batsman Jack Scott is pictured in action against Wirksworth & Middleton on Saturday.

Birthday boy Sajendra Thimal delivered a much-needed boost for the first team with a 102 not out against Wirksworth.

The Millers were asked to bat first but Pakistan bowler Najaf Shah removed both openers to leave the hosts 65-2 off 15 overs.

This brought Sri Lankan Thimal to the crease and he and Jay Holmes put another 30 runs on before Holmes became Lowe’s first victim, caught by Shah for 22.

Thimal remained in position as others fell around him, his best partner being Danny Hanson who helped take the score to 201 before the latter was out.

Harrison was needlessly run out and the hopes of a 250 plus score started to fade but Jack Scott gave the Millers a much needed late boost with a quickfire 16 and then Thimal brought his hundred up (15 fours and two sixes) to give the Millers a very competitive 243 off their 46 overs.

The Millers soon had Wirksworth in trouble, removing both opening batsmen within an over of each other, Scott and Jeff Wharton the bowlers.

The visitors plunged further into trouble when Shah skied one and Holmes caught it well in the deep., but despite being 54 for 4 at one point, Wirksworth held on for the draw by finishing on 140-7, Holmes, Andrew Bailey and Jamie Salmons adding further wickets as Langley Mill picked up 19 points to Wirksworth’s seven.

Langley Mill’s 2nd XI travelled to Ashover and returned with all 27 points with a dominant display of batting, bowling and fielding.

The Millers were put into bat and Andrew Ball was out early on for ten. Joining Lewis Pinder at the crease was Nick Wright, and they both pushed along the score nicely into the hundreds before Wright was stumped for 45.

Dan Pheasant fell in the same over and Pinder eventually went for 47, but Dan Lacey (58) and Alex Bacon (45) took control and Langley Mill eventually set Ashover a target of 241.

In reply, Ashover never got going due to some impeccable fielding and catching.

Man of the moment was Steven Walker who ripped through the top six giving him a return of 6 for 33 and backed up with another useful spell from Bailey who took 3 for 24. Grant Ball took the final wicket and Ashover where eventually all out for 104.