WEST Hallam’s first XI finally saw some action as they overcame Darley Dale at Cock Orchard on Saturday.
Captain Tommy Lockhart took the early advantage by winning the toss and inviting Darley Dale to bat first.
The new ball pairing for this season is the skipper’s brother James Lockhart and Pete Hort, both returning to the club following stints elsewhere, and the game started slowly with the Dale batsman being careful not to play any rash shots.
Opener Craig Elliot had decided to attack and after hitting Lockhart for two fours was unfortunate to get a slightly quicker one that hit him plumb in front.
This was the breakthrough Hallam needed, as the Dale batting relies heavily on Elliot and with him gone cheaply panic set in.
Hort took advantage of this and bowled magnificently to return figures of seven wickets for just ten runs from his 14 overs.
Lockhart could only manage one wicket and Kristian Tingle grabbed the other two as Dale were bowled out for just 40 runs in 27.5 overs.
Hallam’s new opening batting partnership of Timothy Hampton-Matehe and Tom Brandrick showed the Dale batsman how they should have done it by making short work of the small total, racking up the 41 runs required in just 7.5 overs.
Hampton-Matehe finished 5 not out and watched from the other end as Brandrick cleared the ropes to finish on 23 not out with extras making up the rest.
The 2nd XI took the long journey to Clowne Town for their first run out of the season.
Captain Jeff Lockhart started the day by losing the toss and being asked to bat on what appeared to be a challenging wicket.
The 2nd XI benefited from the influx of players to the 1st XI so Lockhart was able to introduce a new opening partnership of Martin Bostock and Harry Andrew.
This opening partnership appears to be one to watch as both players started to build their innings, but Andrew fell victim to Bostock’s running and was sent back to the pavilion for 30.
Bostock decided to hang around in the middle a bit longer and recorded the first half century for the club this season before falling for 55.
With the score at 112-2 off 30 overs Hallam were in a position to accelerate and Tom Fletcher (23) and Charlie Boyles (38*) moved the score along nicely and Hallam closed the innings at 167-6.
Hallam took to the field with an air of confidence knowing that Rob Lathbury and Mark Hill would be taking the new ball.
Hill found himself in the seconds due to the return of Hort and Lockhart to the firsts so was out to prove a point, and that he he did by taking 5-18 as he dismanatled the Clowne top order.
Lathbury chipped in with two wickets and Anthony Henshaw picked up from where he left off last year by taking two more.
A run out completed the win as Clowne were bowled out for 56.
The thirds fell victim to the rain again and are still yet to play in 2012.