Nutbrook and West Hallam set to go up

Nutbrook bowler Danny Brooks took seven wickets in the win over Ockbrook & Borrowash.
Nutbrook bowler Danny Brooks took seven wickets in the win over Ockbrook & Borrowash.

Nutbrook and West Hallam White Rose look set to take the Division Two promotion spots as they go into the final weekend in pole position to go up.

Nutbrook look most secure as they hold a 40-point lead over third-placed Langley Mill thanks to a win over Ockbrook & Borrowash seconds on Saturday.

Steve Sanderson won the toss and opted to have his side bat first but lost both opener Michael Chambers and Ruan Markram for ducks.

Chris Palfreyman also went cheaply to leave Nutbrook 17-3 but Tom Bentley and Rich Henshaw steadied things until the latter was out for 11.

Bentley followed for 22 and Nutbrook were 44-5 and Sanderson then departed with the score on 49.

Ben Dawes and Adam Barrett (42) steadied the ship and took Nutbrook past 100 but they ended up 137 all out in 35 overs.

Ockbrook’s reply was disastrous with their two top scorers getting 21 and 14 and all others out for single figures.

By the fifth over they were 12-4 and never recovered as they were all out for 72, Danny Brooks in great form to take 7-28 with Markram 2-19 and Bentley 1-23.

White Rose, meanwhile, won convincingly by ten wickets at South Wingfield.

They bowled the home side out for 103 with Peter Hort and Carl Cruz taking four wickets each.

They then proceeded to knock the target off without losing a wicket, Byron Haycock hitting an unbeaten 56 and Martin Brandrick 26 not out as they won inside 20 overs.

With both set for promotion, the battle for the title will come to the fore this weekend as West Hallam host Nutbrook in a mouth-watering clash. That will be White Rose’s last match of the campaign while Nutbrook proceed to host South Wingfield in their final game on Sunday.