by Alan Rowley
Not even the absence of skipper Andrew Bailey could prevent Langley Mill’s firsts from recording an effortless seven wicket victory over Wirksworth & Middleton on Saturday.
Stand-in skipper Aaron Tullett led the team to a double over the Peaks side having already knocked them out of the cup earlier in the season, and they maintain their top spot in Division Three.
Tullett won the toss and asked Wirksworth to take first knock. Jack Scott (1-39) and Grant Ball (2-23) opened the bowling for the Millers and soon reduced the visitors to 28 for 3, after Scott had bowled Iftikhar Ahmad off the first ball of the innings and Ball had removed Aafan Janjua, caught by Jamie Salmons for eight, and Vyash Gobind, caught by Tullett for four.
Wirksworth skipper Dave Greatorex led the way with an unbeaten 64 and Luke Boden hit a patient 49 before he was caught by keeper Andy Sibley, off Jeff Wharton (2-43).
Wharton picked up a second when he had Jack Allen stumped by Sibley for 25 and Andrew Redfern joined his skipper at the end to finish unbeaten on five.
The Millers started slowly in their reply, the fifty not coming up until the 19th over with Salmons, caught by keeper Michael Jefferiss for 19, and Paul Bailey, caught by Allen for seven to give overseas Gobind two wickets.
Sajendra Thimal and Jay Holmes then took the Millers on to 122 before Holmes was trapped leg before by Ahmad for 38.
Tullett them joined the Sri Lankan and the pair took the Millers home with six overs to spare. Thimal finished on 84 and Tullett on 19 as the Millers picked up the 22 points.
l There was disappointment on Sunday as the firsts were knocked out of the Marston’s Smooth Trophy by Sandiacre Town seconds.
Sandiacre set a total of 246 with Matt Swann top scoring on 65 and Grant Ball bowling well to take 4-32 - other wickets coming from Jeff Wharton, Jay Holmes, Jack Scott and Jamie Salmons.
Salmons (56) and Wharton (51) both hit half centuries in reply but the Millers fell just 12 runs short and Sandiacre went through.