West Hallam claimed local bragging rights on Friday night as they won the Butterley Cup Final against close rivals Nutbrook at Spondon.
With Martin Brandrick winning the toss for Hallam and opting to bat, his side got off to a slow start but were let off the hook by some wayward bowling and overthrows from Nutbrook.
The game was delicately poised at 94 for 1 but this quickly turned into 111 for 6 as Nutbrook took the upper hand, with only Tim Hampton-Matehe (35) and Matt Tatler (42) making notable contributions at the top of the order.
Overseas star Max Magann was brought back for his final over and this proved to be a momentum-shifting over as firstly Tom Fletcher found the boundary and then James Lockhart (20) followed two powerful fours through the leg side with a mammoth six straight back over the bowler’s head.
When Peter Hort came in for the last ball of the innings and hit Brooks over the pavilion, Nutbrook were staring down the barrel. Steve Sanderson (3-30) and Danny Brooks (3-27) had some success for Nutbrook in the bowling department.
The Nutbrook innings got off to a slow start thanks to some tight bowling by Martin Brandrick and Hort (2-19).
The dangerous Rich Henshaw was out trying to force the pace and he was swiftly followed by Chris Palfreyman for a golden duck.
The first bowling change saw Carl Cruz brought into the attack and he made a telling contribution (2-14) along with Lee Barrow (3-13), the latter’s performance earning him the man of the match trophy.
When Nutbrook’s captain was run out by Cooke the game was all but over and Hallam coasted to victory to retain the trophy, with Nutbrook batting out their 20 overs reaching 103 for 9.
On Saturday, Hallam were brought back to earth as their unbeaten record was finally brought to an end by second-placed Trentside.
Batting first, Hallam scored a highly competitive 255 for 6, Hampton-Matehe (105) the stand out performer with his second successive league century.
James Lockhart continued his fine form to reduce Trentside to 41 for 3, taking all 3 wickets LBW.
Moran (81) and Ryan Ayling (67*) put together a fine partnership of 95 to keep the game in the balance, however it was the clean hitting of Lonsdale (53 off 35) that proved to be a game changer.
He was eventually caught behind from the bowling of Lockhart who took 4 for 47 but it was all a little too late as the damage had already been done.
The second XI travelled to Clowne with a weakened side, losing players due to drop outs in the first team.
Clowne batted first and posted a challenging 215 for 8, with Hill (3-44) the standout bowler.
In reply opener Rayton (62) played well but Clowne were finding wickets easy to come by until captain Jeff Lockhart (41) showed some resistance as he fell agonisingly short of scoring a 50 in his first game as a 50-year-old.
With things looking bleak Lathbury (9*) and Swain (1*) showed the steely determination needed to ensure Hallam didn’t lose the game and instead earned a losing draw.
After Friday night’s disappointment, Nutbrook went to Ockbrook and made it three league wins on the trot.
Batting first, Ockbrook soon lost opener Rimmington LBW to Max Magann (4 for 40) who then bowled Ball for 10 to leave the hosts 44-2.
Opener Young helped them along to 141-6 before Ben Dawes took a great catch off Magann’s bowling to dismiss him for 76.
Matt Wakefield took 2-36 and Steve Sanderson 3-18 as Ockbrook ended 209 all out.
Nutbrook’s reply began well until Ben Eaton was out with the score on 24, Danny Brooks following soon afterwards.
Harry Cooke’s useful 41 helped Nutbrook but at 116-6 off 34 overs things looked bleak until young Jace Brewer and Rich Henshaw’s stand of 56 got them back in contention, the winning runs coming with four balls to spare, Henshaw 72 not out.
Nutbrook 2nd XI made 161 at home to Wirksworth & Middleton, Jonny Taylor (49) and Adam Brooks (48) amongst the runs .
In reply Wirksworth reached 164-4 to claime the win despite a couple of wickets from Mark Whitham.
The thirds hit 213 against Duffield, Gary Woods with a fine century as he made 104 .
In reply Joseph Taylor took 5-21 and Rob Gilbert 4-29 to rip Duffield apart, 151 all out meaning Nutbrook were victorious.