WEST Hallam came close to overcoming Darley Dale on Saturday but ultimately fell just short.
West Hallam were asked to bat first and the wicket proved to be tough for the batsmen who had to work hard to finish the innings on 134-7.
New arrival Angad Singh grafted hard for 36 and the innings closed with Charlie Boyles unbeaten on 14 and Mark Hill 12 not out.
The pick of the Darley Dale attack was S Cotterill who returned figures of 3-20 off 12 overs.
With three maximum point wins already this season there was an air of confidence in the West Hallam dressing room and when Kristian Tingle found the edge in the first over it was clear this would be no walk in the park for the visitors.
Wickets fell regularly however West Hallam’s attack was unable to find that final wicket and Darley Dale passed the White Rose total with nine wickets down in the 40th over.
Tingle followed up a strong start with an explosive spell of fast bowling to finish with figures of 5-36 from his 11 overs, and there were two wickets for Lee Barrow and one apiece for Lockhart and Singh.
The seconds made the journey to Darley Dale and the afternoon began just as the first XI’s had with the Darley Dale captain winning the toss and inserting the visitors.
The game proved to be another low scoring affair with West Hallam bowled out for 128 inside 44 overs.
Ollie Hubbard scored 21 and Rob Goulding 28 but neither could capitalise and record a big score.
Darley Dale must have been confident of reaching such a modest total but an inspired bowling display came from the West Hallam attack.
Openers James North (1-16 from nine overs) and Rob Lathbury (1-8 from ten) bowled well and kept things tight but it was the two change bowlers who stole the show with Anthony Henshaw recording the impressive figures of 3-12 from 14 overs and Simon Walker 4-23 from 11.
Darley Dale closed the innings on 81-9 from 48 overs with opener J Shaw carrying his bat through the whole innings to finish 48 not out and single handedly save Dale from a crushing defeat, only allowing West Hallam a winning draw.
The thirds welcomed local rivals Nutbrook to Beech Lane and found themselves being asked to bat first.
West Hallam’s batsman performed well and the innings closed on 203-4 with Ben Clarkson scoring 52, Chris Boyles 67 and Sam Tatler unbeaten at the end on 39.
Nutbrook set about chasing the total at a quick pace and never looked in trouble, passing the 203 in 27 overs and only 4 wickets down.
Harry Cooke scored 87 and Rob Gilbert 49 not out.