West Hallam welcomed second-placed Breadsall to Cock Orchard knowing that they need to beat the teams at the top if they are to mount a promotion charge.
But captain Tom Lockhart lost the toss and after a brief rain delay West Hallam were invited to bat first with the game reduced to 40 overs per team.
West Hallam lost early wickets to find themselves 30-3 but opener Steve Rayton (23) and veteran Martin Boswell (33) steadied the ship and took the score to 60-3 at the drinks break.
Lockhart will have been hoping his team would kick on to a big score but with the exception of Lee Barrow (30*) the rest of the team found the going tough and the innings closed on a below par 124-9.
At the break Breadsall were very confident of chasing down the West Hallam total but complacency may have set in as opening bowler Kristian Tingle proved to be just too quick for the top order recording figures of 4-45.
Lee Barrow was introduced into the attack and a superb spell of bowling saw him return the impressive figures of 3-8 from 12 overs.
The Breadsall line up didn’t appear to have any answer to the bowling and attempted to ‘shut up shop’ in the final ten overs with two remaining wickets, but Mark Hill was brought on and made a breakthrough in his first over and was denied a second over by Lockhart taking the final wicket with only his second ball.
This was Hallam’s fourth 27 point win this season, with the bowlers making a habit of carrying the team after the batsmen have failed to impose themselves regularly.
The second team made the long journey to table-topping Ashover.
Captain Jeff Lockhart won the toss and took one look at a very green wicket and invited Ashover to bat first.
Rob Lathbury again bowled a superb opening spell (14 overs 2-34) but Hallam were leaking runs from the other end until a double bowling change saw veteran bowlers Anthony Henshaw and Simon Walker introduced into the attack.
Henshaw kept things tight and bowled ten overs yielding a miserly 14 runs while at the other end Walker acted as chief destroyer bagging 6-50, two of which were catches by Jack Porter which in the captain’s words were ‘spectacular’.
Ashover were bowled out for 148 and West Hallam were fully aware that this would be no walk in the park looking at the pitch conditions.
Last week’s run scorer Lockhart fell for a duck and opening partner Porter was close behind for 1.
This brought Tom Fletcher and Adam Wainman to the crease and the pair grafted hard to bring Hallam within touching distance of victory before Wainman fell for a splendid 53.
Another quick wicket saw Charlie Boyles arrive at the crease and he and Fletcher saw the game through guiding Hallam to a well deserved victory.
Boyles finished 24 not out and Fletcher had been calm and composed under pressure to finish unbeaten on a well deserved 69.
West Hallam went into this game as underdogs but came away with a well deserved and a comprehensive six wicket victory.
The thirds were up against a strong Duffield side on Beech Lane and when Roy Ling lost the toss it was no surprise, given the recent rain, that West Hallam were inserted.
Only Benjamin Clarkson was able to get to grips with conditions, grafting hard for 43 but falling short of what would have been a well-deserved half century and West Hallam were bowled out for 142.
Duffield came out strong and Kelly (47) saw his team past the total in just 28 overs for the loss of only five wickets.
New pavilion celebrations
The club will be holding a weekend of celebrations to mark the official opening of its new pavilion.
There will be a ladies night tomorrow (July 1) at 7.30pm, followed by live music on Saturday (2nd) from 8pm.
Sunday will be a family fun day with junior cricket in the morning and a club friendly in the afternoon with bouncy castles and other children’s entertainment.
The official opening will be in the tea break of the game around 4.30pm and will be carried out by club president, Councillor Carol Hart, accompanied by the mayor of Erewash.
There will be a barbecue and live music from local band Acoustic Union.