Langley Mill returned to action after a blank week with an excellent display against top-of-the-table Cutthorpe on Saturday.
With five regulars missing, the Millers knew they would be up against it and after 15 overs their score was 68-3, but this soon became 81-6.
Cutthorpe sensed a low score and victory which would push them towards the title.
But enter Andrew Bailey, who joined Sajendra Thimal and these two started to forge a partnership which not only put the Millers back in the game but effectively won it.
In the 15 overs they batted together they scored 127 to give a platform.
They both fell within consecutive balls to Pemberton who finished with 6-67. Thimal scored 81 and Bailey 46 to leave the Millers with a total of 215.
Grant Ball then ripped through the Cutthorpe top order with four wickets to leave the visitors on 42-4.
Danger man and former Miller Andrew Thompson was still at the crease but Wharton bowled another fine spell to remove him.
After this Cutthorpe showed little resistance and were eventually all out for 89.
With three games to play, the Millers still have an outside chance of promotion. to Division One.
They next travel to Nutbrook on Saturday (1.30pm start.
The second XI fell to defeat at Duffield by six wickets.
Alex Bacon top scored with 44 not out as the Millers made 167-8, and despite Bacon then taking three wickets in Duffield’s reply, the hosts got over the line with five overs to spare.