Nutbrook and Hallam both finish season well

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Nutbrook enjoyed a fine end to the season as they secured a third-placed finish in Division Two.

Saturday saw high-flying Ambergate the visitors and after being put into bat they were soon in trouble having lost two quick wickets, both LBW to Dan Brooks.

A third wicket stand of 65 ended when Aussie Joss Nicholas was caught off the bowling of Harry Duckles for 33 to leave the score 72-3.

Another good stand of 75 followed between Heath and Whiteley took the score to 144 before Heath was caught off the bowling of Max Magann for 40.

Magann claimed Whiteley next for 88 and Ambergate finished on 214-5 - Brooks with 2-43, Magann 2-62 and Duckles 1-35.

Nutbrook got to 31 in reply before losing three wickets in three balls as Nicholas claimed a hat-trick.

A fourth-wicket stand of 59 between Chris Palfreyman and Rich Henshaw moved things along before Palfreyman was out for 46 but Henshaw and Mgann took the score to 163 before the umpires stopped the game because of bad light, Nutbrook claiming 11 points to Ambergate’s 13.

On Sunday Nutbrook beat third-placed Aston to leap-frog them in the table.

Aston won the toss and batted first and with Magann unable to bowl it was skipper Steve Sanderson and Matt Wakefield who took over.

By the half way stage Aston were 116-7, helped by 36 wides, before being all out for 165, Sanderson with 3-46, Henshaw 3-28, Adam Barrett 1-41, Wakefield 1-34 and Duckles 1-7.

In reply, Palfreyman was out for 23 before a second wicket stand of 69 ended with Magann out for 14.

Nutbrook eventually crossed the line for the loss of seven wickets, Henshaw not out 31.

West Hallam WR

West Hallam finished fifth in Division Two after a win and a draw on the final weekend.

On Saturday they beat Sandiacre Town after reducing them to 147-7, three wickets each for Carl Cruz and Peter Hortt, before Matt Tatler’s 59 helped them to victory with a wicket to spare.

On Sunday, Hallam made 181-7 at Rolls Royce Leisure, with Lee Barrow top scoring on 49 not out.

Rolls reached 170-7 in reply, Cruz with three more wickets.