Thimal keeps Millers on top

Lullington Park (8pts) 227-6 (A Johnson 111, L Bingham 35) drew with Langley Mill Utd (19pts) 349-4 (J Salmons 55, S Thimal 124, A Bailey 73, A Tullett 32*

A DELIGHTFUL 87-ball 124 from Sri Lankan Sajendra Thimal helped Langley Mill 1sts to a big winning draw which kept them on top of Division Three of the Derbyshire County League.

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 50 in the 13th over, 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, which brought together Thimal and Bailey. The skipper was content to play second fiddle to the overseas star as the pair raced to 301 before the Lullington bowlers tasted further success.

Thimal was the one to go, 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 349-4 from their 46 overs.

The Lullington bowlers toiled in the heat, Harris coming off best with an expensive 2-88 from his ten overs. Webb’s wicket cost him 94 runs and Johnson’s wicket came at a cost of 44.

Lullington’s innings was dominated by skipper and opener Adam Johnson. Despite losing Joe Eaton for a duck and David Stock for eight, both caught by keeper Andy Sibley off Jay Holmes, Johnson took control.

On 121, the hosts lost their third wicket, Tom Chapman caught by Andrew Bailey off Thimal for 19, but Johnson and Lee Bingham took their side to 199 before Johnson was bowled by Jack Scott for 111, including 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 success, Steve Rothwell for 3. Jack Sharpe (13 not out) and Charlie Veale (8 not out) saw the hosts to safety.

For Langley Mill, Holmes bowled well, if somewhat waywardly, picking up 2-18 from his seven overs while Thimal concluded a good day’s work with 2-39. Bailey’s wicket cost him 1-32 and Scott picked up the other wicket to fall at a cost of 71.

Langley Mill continue to lead the table on 181 points, four clear of Ockbrook & Borrowash and a cosy 23 ahead of third-placed Holmewood.