West Hallam’s season continues to flourish

West Hallam batsman Tom Brandrick put in some excellent displays in both of their latest victories.
West Hallam batsman Tom Brandrick put in some excellent displays in both of their latest victories.
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West Hallam White Rose maintained their 100 per cent record in Division Four North at the weekend - after sealing a cup success three days earlier.

Hallam travelled to Riddings on Saturday and when Tommy Lockhart won the toss Riddings were asked to bat first on what appeared to be a good batting track.

The game couldn’t have started much better with Cruz finding the edge in the first over to dismiss the Riddings opener.

Riddings recovered to find themselves 82 for 2 at drinks, Cruz adding another wicket, but it was the change bowlers Lee Barrow and James Lockhart who inflicted the most damage.

The Riddings captain missed a straight one and from that point the batting collapsed, as they limped to 119 all out, with Barrow taking 4-22 and James Lockhart 4-11.

When the Hallam openers strolled to the crease Tom Brandrick had a point to prove having scored nought in the first game against Riddings, and he did it in style.

Brandrick blasted a chanceless unbeaten 66 and well supported by fellow opener Tim Hampton-Matehe (35*) and plenty of extras (21), Hallam eased to the required total without losing a wicket in just 20 overs.

l On Wednesday, West Hallam travelled to Spondon to take on A&B seconds in the final of the Mayor of Derby’s Butterley Cup competition.

Hallam were asked to field first and after a good start it was obvious A&B’s strong batting side felt confident of posting a formidable total.

However, Mark Hill and Carl Cruz had other ideas, with the opening pair picking up figures of 1-16 and 2-19 respectively as wickets began to fall at a steady rate.

West Hallam continued in a similar vein with Tom Lockhart (1-9), Peter Hort (1-26) and Lee Barrow (1-20) keeping the score down to a gettable 95 for 7.

West Hallam started well in reply with Thomas Brandrick clearing the boundary with ease early on but when he fell for 36 and opening partner Tim Hampton-Matehe fell shortly after, the familiar West Hallam collapse looked like it might be taking shape as the top order stuttered to 59 for 5 off 11 of their 18 overs.

With their opponents’ tails up, it was experience that proved the key as veterans Barrow (16*) and Martin Bostock (18*) dug in and kept the scoreboard ticking along with Hallam eventually reaching their target in the final over, helped along by a couple of huge sixes from Bostock.

Man of the Match went to Tom Brandrick after his quick fire 36 put West Hallam in a position of dominance early on.

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