Brook fall short to league leaders

Nutbrook v West Hallam 
Michael Chambers in bowling action for Nutbrook.
Nutbrook v West Hallam Michael Chambers in bowling action for Nutbrook.

A new-look Nutbrook travelled to take on league leaders Dunstall, hoping to bounce back following last week’s defeat to Alfreton.

Skipper Sandy Anderson won the toss and put the hosts in to bat.

Harry Thoman and Ben Gratton back from university opened and after a careful start they reached 59 in 14 overs when Jenkinson was caught by Chambers for 26.

The second wicket fell in the 19th over when Tom Bentley bowled Welch for two, to put the score on to 75-2.

The score reached 107-3 when Kas Hussian joined the attack and got the first of his six wickets, bowling McClean for nought 107-4 in the 26th.

Danger man Brodick was then caught by Chambers off Hussian bowling for 40 to make it 141-5 in the 34. Two interruptions for rain came before three quick wickets for Hussian.

A good stand of 42 by J Bulpit and T Bailey took the score to 220 helped by some poor fielding and 29 extras. A final score of 220-8 gave Dunstall four batting points and the Brook four bowling points.

Kas Hussian’s 15 overs brought four maidens and six wickets for 53 runs. Tom Bentley bowled nine overs for one wicket for 39 runs.

Skipper Sandy, struggling with a leg injury, opened the batting with Micheal Chambers.

There were 24 runs on the board in five overs when Sandy blasted 56 runs (six fours and nine sixes) before being caught out on the boundary.

With the score on 77-5 in the 12th over the Brook were rocked by five LBW decisions from the same umpire.

Wickets kept falling as father and son parntership of Guy and Jamie Bulpit took eight of the Brook’s wickets.

They were held up by 17-year-old Allister Hodgekinson in his first game for the Brook senior side, with 19 not out. The Brook’s innings closed on 143. Dunstall 27 points, Brook 5.

Elsewhere, Stanton Elks hosted Darley Dale II on Saturday and rain ruined any chance of victory.

The visitors asked Stanton to bat first and opening bowler David Lane claimed an early wicket when he trapped opener Darren Cross LBW for 0.

Matt Sisson and Tom Windley took the score past 50 before Windley was bowled by Stuart Taylor for 32. Tom Henshaw 38 and Scott Law 33 both got into the 30s and Sisson top scored with 64 before he was bowled by Lane.

Matt Winfield 12no and James Perry 5no were at the crease when the innings closed at 198-5. Lane 3-40 being the pick of the bowlers.

On a day when rain caused the players to leave the field, the game became a time game. Law opened the bowling and bowled eight maidens on the trot and picked up one wicket.

All the bowlers bowled economically as Dale never looked like making any attempt to go for the runs and hoped that the rain would save them which it eventually did, when they were 60-5 in the 29th over.

Two wickets for Franklin Henshaw, one each for Tom Henshaw, Sam Trueman and Law. The game was then abandoned. Stanton make the short journey to play West Hallam on Saturday.

Stanton II game at Belper was alsocalled off due to the bad weather.