Hallam remain top of the tree after victory

Nutbrook bowler Jay Holmes bowls during the defeat at Langley Mill.
Nutbrook bowler Jay Holmes bowls during the defeat at Langley Mill.

West Hallam maintained their lead at the top of Division Three with a commanding win against Clay Cross on Saturday.

Clay Cross had scored 298 against A and B the previous week but despite no changes to the team there was no repeat display as the Hallam bowlers took advantage of helpful conditions and bowled them out for just 55.

James Lockhart took two wickets before Carl Cruz’s 6 for 20 cleaned up the Cross line up.

Hallam reached the total having lost three wickets, Tim Hampton-Matehe top scoring with 23.

Hallam second XI welcomed table-topping Belper Amateurs to Cock Orchard who were all out for just 126 with Tingle (4-32), Lathbury (3-44), T Lockhart (1-31) and Henshaw (1-15) all bowling well.

Hallam comfortably reached the total thanks to a captain’s knock from stand-in skipper Steve Rayton (71*) and some big hitting from M Bostock (26*)

On Sunday, Alfreton visited Cock Orchard in the cup.

Hallam batted first but an impressive Alfreton attack kept things particularly tight and with just 60 on the board at drinks things weren’t looking promising.

Josh Bostock (16) and Tom Lockhart (26) had played well but when they both fell they were replaced at the crease by their dads, and Martin Bostock and Jeff Lockhard duly hit 44 and 35 respectively to help progress Hallam to a total of 182.

Poor fielding allowed Alfreton to set off at pace in pursuit of the total, but Henshaw (4-30) and Tom Lockhart (3-30) soon came into the attack and brought the Alfreton chase to its knees before Tingle finished the job taking two late wickets.

On Saturday, the third XI batted first against Mickleover and set a challenging total of 229. Goulding (59) top scored and the score was boosted by some fine hitting from number eight James North who scored 45.

Mickleover were dismissed for 66 with Thompson taking 4 for 1 from his six overs, including five maidens.

On Sunday it was Burton who spoiled an almost perfect weekend as they beat the thirds in the Harry Lund Cup match at Beech Lane.

Chasing 203, Hallam were bowled out just 15 short in the 41st over. Richard Swain (5-26) and Oliver Hubbard (51) made notable contributions for Hallam.

Nutbrook

Nutbrook put in a below-par showing as they fell to defeat at Langley Mill.

Put into bat on a wet wicket, Nutbrook lost their first man on 14 when Danny Brooks became skipper Wharton’s first of four victims.

A stand of 21 between Ben Eaton and Rich Henshaw ended with the latter caught behind, and wickets fell regularly until number ten Dan Lever joined Eaton and they put on 39 for the ninth wicket before Eaton was out for 49, Nutbrook eventually all out for 133.

Already missing Darren Hoff, opening bowler Max Magann then had to be replaced due to injury and Langley Mill progressed to reach the target with just three wickets down, Brooks taking two.

Nutbrook 2nd XI played Belper Meadows on Saturday who posted 208-6, Cox hitting a century.

Nutbrook lost a flurry of early wickets but it was a partnership between Kevin Flewitt and Adam Brooks that helped Nutbrook to a losing draw.

The seconds then played Cutthorpe in the cup on Sunday made 219-9, Mark Witham (68) and Ryan McGrath (38) amongst the runs.

Cutthorpe were bowled out for 99, Harry Duckels’ 3-10 helping Nutbrook into the next round.

Nutbrook 3rd XI entertained Swanwick in the cup and posted 179, Gary Whitehead (57) and Calum Rowland (78) starring with the bat.

It was not enough, however, as Swanwick reached the target to progress in the competition.