By Alan Rowley
A DELIGHTFUL 124 from Sajendra Thimal helped Langley Mill firsts to a big winning draw which keeps them on top of Derbyshire League Division Three.
Aided by skipper Andrew Bailey, the pair put on 290 for the third wicket on a hard, batsman friendly track at Lullington Park.
Batting first, Jamie Salmons raced off in his usual style, with fellow opener Jay Holmes content with a more sedate pace. Salmons reached his fifty in over 13, but lost his partner when Holmes was bowled by Wayne Harris for 29 with the score on 88.
Salmons followed on 111, also bowled by Harris, for 55 which brought together Thimal and Bailey. The skipper was content to play second fiddle to the overseas as the pair raced to 301 before the Lullington bowlers tasted further succes as Thimal was caught by Jake Sharpe off Paul Webb, his innings including 20 fours and three sixes.
Bailey followed on 329, bowled by Adam Johnson for 73, but Aaron Tullett (32 not out) and Paul Bailey (8 not out) took the Millers to a final score of 349 for 4 from their 46 overs. Harris took 2 for 88, Webb 1 for 94 and Johnson 1 for 44.
Lullington’s innings was dominated by skipper and opener Johnson. He took control while others around him lost their wickets, and was finally out for 111 with his side’s score on 199, his innings containing 18 fours and a six.
This left the Lullington middle order to bat out the final eight overs to secure maximum batting points and the losing draw.
Bingham hit 35 before he was bowled by Andrew Bailey and Thimal picked up his second bowling Steve Rothwell for 3. Jack Sharpe (13 not out) and Charlie Veale (8 not out) saw the hosts to safety. Holmes took 2 for 18, Thimal 2 for 39, Bailey 1 for 32 and Scott 1 for 71.