West Hallam got back to winning ways at the top of Division Four North with victory over Ambergate on Saturday.
The afternoon started a little differently as Captain Lockhart lost the toss for just the second time this year but Hallam still found themselves bowling first when Ambergate elected to bat.
Opening bowler James Lockhart accounted for the two openers early on in the innings however these would be the only two wickets he took as veteran Lee Barrow yet again proved to be the pick of the bowlers.
He tore through the heart of the opposition’s batting to record magnificent figures of 6 for 12 off 10.4 overs and Ambergate were bowled out having set Hallam 104 for victory.
Hallam’s openers made it clear they were in a rush to finish, as Brandrick quickly launched a ferocious attack on the opening bowlers, hitting the ball to all parts of the ground.
Brandrick was unlucky to fall short of his 50, scoring 45, but Tim Hampton-Matehe and Matt Tatler wasted no time in finishing the game as Hallam raced to the total in 14 overs.
The victory means West Hallam are now 38 points clear at the top of Division Four North and with a game in hand over nearest rivals Heanor Town in second.
The two sides face each other at Cock Orchard on September 1 in what could be a crucial match in terms of the destiny of the league title.
l If the first team thought they had scored at a healthy rate then they hadn’t heard about the second team.
Having restricted Clay Cross to a mere 92-7, Simon Walker with 2-14 off 14 and Anthony Henshaw 3-19 from 14, the Hallam batsman wasted no time chasing this total as openers Martin Bostock (51* off 32 balls) and Harry Andrew (38* off 34 balls) raced to victory in just 11 overs.
The seconds are now fourth in Division Six North but promotion looks to be a tough ask at this stage.
l The third team finished off a perfect day for West Hallam as they comprehensively beat local rivals Ilkeston Rutland.
Batting first, Ling’s men racked up 175 for 5 from their 46 overs thanks largely to 59 from Oli Hubbard.
After tea Goulding (3-17) and Thompson (3-19) tore into the Ilkeston batsmen as they were bowled out for just 60 and Hallam recorded a 115-run victory.
The win puts Hallam fifth in Division Nine North.