Hallam win again to strengthen title hopes

Steve Sanderson hit a century for Nutbrook.
Steve Sanderson hit a century for Nutbrook.

With the previous week’s cup semi-final defeat still fresh in their memories, Heanor returned to the scene this time to face West Hallam in the league, but with a similar outcome.

When Hallam captain Martin Brandrick won the toss there was no hesitation in asking Heanor to bat first. It became apparent this week’s wicket would give the visitors nothing to grumble about as there was a lack of pace and bounce.

However, opening bowler James Lockhart removed the top three batsmen and Peter Hort then removed numbers four and five. When Lockhart and Hort had finished their 14 overs Brandrick then turned to son Tom who came on and took the last five wickets, as Heanor were bowled out for just 116.

Hallam’s response started steadily then Tom Brandrick fell cheaply, bringing Matt Tatler to the crease.

When Tatler was out David Tittershill (30*) joined Tim Hampton-Matehe (41*) at the crease and with the weatherman predicting rain the pair accelerated the run rate and Hallam reached the total in 22.2 overs for the loss of two wickets.

The second XI travelled to Cromford Meadows as they looked to build on the successes of the previous week.

Bowling first, Hallam started well with Lathbury (3-26) and Goulding (1-41) keeping the run rate low.

The surprise package of the day came in the form of change bowler, junior Harry Porter.

Porter bowled well in partnership with Hill as the pair constantly nagged at the Cromford batsmen and they were rewarded with figures of 2 for 32 for Hill and 3 for 18 for Porter.

Hallam had bowled Cromford out for just 124 and put themselves in a strong position at tea.

As the chase began Hallam quickly lost Higton but when Josh Bostock (23) joined Steve Rayton (62) at the crease the pair began to rebuild the innings.

When the pair were out Jack Porter (14*) and Martin Bostock (11*) saw Hallam through to victory, reaching the total in 41.2 overs.

Nutbrook

Nutbrook’s first XI travelled to Aston who before play were two places below them in the league, but by the end of it were one place above.

Aston batted first and by the tenth over were two wickets down for 36 runs, with Max Magann and Danny Brooks each taking a wicket.

The score moved to 73-3 before a fourth wicket stand of 66 ended when Elaz Khan was caught by Adam Fretwell off the bowling of Chris Palfreyman for 39, leaving Aston 139-4 with opener Fab Shabbir still at the crease.

He and his brother Fahd added 54 more before Fab was out for 52, and Chaudry hit a quickfire 43 including three sixes against Nutbrook skipper Steve Sanderson as the innings closed on 273-7.

Magann took 2 for 48, Brooks 2 for 56, Matt Wakefield 2 for 56 and Palfreyman 1 for 35.

For the second week in a row Nutbrook got off to a bard start, with Lewis Haywood and Harry Cooke both going cheaply.

Danny Brooks was next to go to leave Nutbrook 31-3, and a fourth wicket stand of 27 ended when Magann was out for five.

Sanderson and Matt Wakefield recovered things somewhat with a stand of 91 before the latter was out for 34, and two more quick wickets followed to leave the visitors on 163.

But a match-saving stand of 42 in the last nine overs between Sanderson, who made a brilliant 102 not out, and Andy Farmer (20 not out) saw Nutbrook finish on 205-7, giving them ten points.

Nutbrook 2nd XI played host to Marehay on Saturday.

Batting first, Marehay posted 193-8, the highlight of the innings for the Nutbrook attack being a hat-trick for skipper Mark Witham, finishing with bowling figures of 4-34.

Harry Duckles’ 3-49 also helped restrict the scoring .

In reply, the Nutbrook openers put on 155 for the first wicket, Jonny Taylor (64) first man out, but led by Witham who finished 96 not out, Nutbrook cruised to victory by seven wickets.

Nutbrook thirds hosted local rivals Stanton, and batting first posted a below par 155, Gary Woods and Gary Whitehead (both with 43) top scoring.

Stanton got off to a flyer in their reply and kept going to reach their target in only 23 overs to wrap up the win.