Undefeated day for Hallam teams

Hallam welcomed Alrewas to Cock Orchard in a clash that saw last year’s top two from Division Three lock horns in the division above.

The Alrewas captain won the toss and had no hesitation in asking West Hallam to bat first on a wet, sticky wicket.

Despite the tough conditions Tom Brandrick and new overseas recruit Jeandre Ludick laid the foundations for a good score with an opening partnership worth 84 before Ludick fell for 53.

Brandrick (43) and Matt Tatler (52) were the other main contributors as Hallam posted 207 in very tough batting conditions.

Hallam were confident going into the tea break however the Alrewas openers had different ideas and helped by two dropped catches Alrewas had reached 71 for 0 at drinks and looked in a comfortable position.

The introduction of the evergreen Lee Barrow into the bowling attack proved a masterstroke as he removed both opening batsmen and the number three to take the score from 90 for 0 to 99 for 3, putting Hallam back in control.

Peter Hort took two wickets in an economical spell with his 14 overs yielding a miserly 24 runs.

The change in momentum caused Alrewas to abandon the run chase and focus on surviving their 46 overs.

Alrewas eventually finished on 144 for 7, giving Hallam a comfortable winning draw.

A depleted second team made the long journey to Clowne and upon arrival new captain Steve Rayton lost the toss and was asked to bat first on a wicket that was described as ‘wet, very wet’.

Hallam struggled in tough conditions and could only post 118 for 6 from their 46 overs, thanks largely to 43 from Charlie Boyles and 29 from Rayton.

With Clowne 80 for 2 the home team may have been thinking the win was in the bag.

With the game meandering along Rayton chucked the ball to youngster Harry Page to see what he could do.

This proved to be the decisive moment as Page, supported well by the wily bowling of veteran Rayton (3-13), began to tear through the Clowne line up taking 4 for 20 as Clowne were bowled out for just 104 giving Rayton his first 27 point win as second XI captain.