Maximum points for West Hallam with home victory

Hallam’s first team were back in action after a rare Saturday off and it was the turn of Riddings to visit Cock Orchard.

Tommy Lockhart again lost the toss and it came as no surprise when Hallam were asked to bat first.

The top order set about the Riddings attack with ease as Matt Tatler scored 53 and Angad Singh 31.

However, some tight bowling began to peg Hallam back and distant memories of past Hallam collapses began to creep to the front of the mind until Jack Porter and Kristian Tingle steadied the ship.

Tingle combined lusty blows with masterful strokes scoring 32 not out and Porter played the supporting role scoring 28 not out.

At the close of their innings Hallam had scored 201-7 and the game was finely poised for a tight finish.

Singh started well after the break taking three early wickets but when a partnership started to develop Riddings were sitting comfortably at 89-3.

Lockhart introduced himself into the attack and immediately found the breakthrough, and from then on wickets began to fall regularly as Hallam closed in on another maximum point win.

It was Lockhart who took the final wicket, the Riddings batsman not picking the arm ball and being hit bang in front.

Lockhart finished with 4-42 and Singh 3-33.

Second XI

The second team travelled to West Park to face Sawley and were asked to bat first.

The openers walked out to the middle to find what can only be described as ‘a minefield’, but with grit and determination Oliver Hubbard battled through to drinks at 23 overs with the score at 30-2 and Hubbard nine not out.

Whilst alarm bells may have been ringing Hubbard had a plan and after drinks, when the new ball had worn and the bowling changed, the scoring rate was increased as Hubbard played superbly for a well deserved 67 not out.

He was ably supported by Anthony Henshaw and Simon Walker who showed their class with a magnificent display of controlled aggression in taking the score to 158-5 at the close of the innings.

Captain Lockhart was quietly confident with runs on the board but his opening bowlers, Lathbury and Goulding, allowed the Sawley batsmen to get off to a good start, reaching the 50 mark in just nine overs.

Despite leaking runs, Lathbury picked up three wickets which proved to be crucial as Lockhart then turned to the ever-reliable duo of Henshaw and Walker who duly obliged when asked to mop up the rest of the batting, taking seven wickets between them for just 30 runs.

Walker took 3-21 and Henshaw proved to be a genuine all-rounder taking 4-9 to add to his earlier runs.

A maximum-point win sees Hallam in with a shout of promotion as the season draws to a close.

Third XI

A depleted third team hosted Matlock at Beech Lane and were also batting first.

Mikey Noon was the only batsman to handle the Matlock attack, scoring 31, and Hallam closed the innings on 122-9 with Braund proving the best of the Matlock attack taking 5-31.

In reply the going wasn’t easy as Hallam’s bowlers tried their best to make things hard for Matlock.

Luke Thompson took 3-45 and James North and Harry Page two wickets apiece, but despite the best efforts of the Hallam bowlers Matlock just managed to sneak to victory, reaching the total nine wickets down in the 42nd over.