WEST Hallam’s first XI suffered a frustrating pair of matches over the weekend which effectively ended their hopes of promotion.
It was Morton who visited Cock Orchard on Saturday and, batting first, the visitors took advantage on a good batting track to plunder 266 in their 46 overs with opener Swallow making an unbeaten 130.
Hallam’s batting order was full of potential wickets fell all too easily as they collapsed to 140 for 9 in the 34th over and defeat looked inevitable.
However, Mark Hill and Kristian Tingle, two bowlers who had struggled earlier, showed their worth with the bat as they played superbly for 12 chanceless overs and closed the innings on 172 for 9 to secure a losing draw and points that may be vital at the end of the season.
On Sunday Hallam travelled to Queens Park to face Chesterfield.
Batting first, Hallam started strongly with the opening pair of Tatler and Rayton racing to 50 in the tenth over but when the pair were out in quick succession the scoring rate dropped dramatically.
Tim Kirk spun his way to 5-30, though youngster Harry Andrew remained calm and batted well for 19 before becoming another Kirk victim.
Hallam looked to be struggling but Sparrow and Jack Porter set about rescuing the innings, the former ending on 30* with Porter scoring mid teens as Hallam finished 140-7.
In reply, Chesterfield were made to work for their runs but they passed the total with six wickets down.