Division Three champions West Hallam White Rose played out a winning draw and then an abandonement as they signed off a momentous season last weekend.
And there were two centuries to add to the bargain as well, Tim Hampton-Matehe hitting 103 on Saturday and then Thomas Brandrick striking 107 the following day.
Away at Brailsford & Ednaston on Saturday White Rose lost the toss and batted first, although things got off to a bad start with Thomas Brandrick out for a duck with no runs on the board.
But Hampton-Matehe and Matt Tatler settled things down, taking the score to 67 before Tatler was out off the bowling of Stewart Edge.
David Tittershill and Martin Brandrick then fell to leave Hallam on 107-4, but Hampton-Matehe remained for another 98 runs before finally being out for 103, Hallam eventually ending their 46 overs with 222 runs on the board and six wickets down.
Brailsford never looked likely to threaten the target set but were able to hang on to gain a losing draw.
Peter Hort was in fine form to remove all four of the top order including top scorer Daniel Bould for 40, Hort ending with 4-25 as the innings ended on 159-7.
On Sunday, Martin Brandrick won the toss and opted to bat first against Lullington Park in the final game of the season.
Hampton-Matehe was out for just 11 this time but Thomas Brandrick, coming in at number four having scored nought the day before, this time ran riot with a 96-ball 107, including ten fours and eight sixes.
That was the catalyst for a final score of 209-8, no other batsman able to better James Lockart’s 21.
Lullington Park lost Jamie Goodwin early on but Thomas Oliver (66) and William Arnold’s (63) strong second wicket partnership looked like it would help their side to a win until, with five overs to spare and just 23 runs to find, the rain stepped in to put a halt to proceedings.
The second XI had a mixed final weekend with a win and a defeat.
On Saturday, Hallam batted first against visitors Staveley Welfare but were all out for just 111, Craig Lynham taking 5-21.
Tom Lockhart took three wickets to stifle Staveley’s reply but they crossed the finishing line inside 27 overs for the loss of four wickets.
Hallam then put hosts Breadsall into bat on Sunday and proceeded to bowl them out for only 95, Tom Lockhart again in fine form as he took 5-29, Hallam knocking off the target in 33.3 overs.
The third XI batted first away at Holmewood on Saturday and had Oliver Hubbard in good form as he hit 64 in Hallam’s 182-6.
But Holmewood were able to pass the total with nearly six overs to spare, opener Norman Dolling’s 85 the main aid despite Robert Goulding taking three wickets.
Hallam were then well beaten by Ilkeston Rutland on Saturday by 139 runs.
Rutland batted first and had Aidan Smith in fine form as he struck 106 on the way to 270-6 in total, the wickets spread around five Hallam bowlers.
Hubbard was top scorer again in the reply with 41 but West Hallam fell well short, Kyle Madison’s six wickets helping them be all out for 131.
Shipley Hall enjoyed a humdinger of a final game of the season at the weekend in Division Three of the DCCL against Walton-on-Trent.
Shipley won the toss and decided to bat and, although they lost a wicket or two, Martinus Gouws soon got into his stride and started to score freely.
In his highly aggressive innings of 87, he hit 12 fours and three sixes.
He was joined by James Cokayne, who hit a useful 28 before being brilliantly caught by Ed Chapman low down at cover.
In came Mark Starr, who put Shipley in the driving seat with a superb 62 not out off 63 balls and Shipley reached an impressive total of 230-9.
For Walton, Andy Lathbury took 3-39, Preston 2-64, Blackwell 3-40 and Williams 1-22 but it was a day when bowlers suffered.
When Walton batted, the Shipley bowlers gained immediate success with Matt Murfin, who has had an impressive season, taking 4-57 and Tom Starr 3-33.
However, Walton’s Easter played a magnificent innings of 110 to put his team in a good position to win the match.
He was well supported by Sloane (28) and Clewes (38).
Sadly for Walton, Easter was run out when his team was within a few runs of victory, needing just six runs to clinch a win.
It was a very exciting victory for Shipley in the final over of the day and it also deprived Walton of promotion to Division Two next season.