Winning run ends but Hallam still unbeaten

Lee Barrow was in good form with the ball as his four wickets helped West Hallam to a draw on Saturday.
Lee Barrow was in good form with the ball as his four wickets helped West Hallam to a draw on Saturday.
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West Hallam saw their league winning streak disappear when Morton visited Cock Orchard,but they still remain unbeaten as they managed to salvage a losing draw.

Hallam’s captain yet again won the toss and bowling first they bowled Morton out for 184.

Lee Barrow proved to be the pick of the bowlers, taking another four wickets.

At tea Hallam should have been confident of knocking off the total they were set but losing opener Tom Brandrick for a duck in the first over knocked them back a little.

Matt Tatler was soon to follow Brandrick back to the pavilion, before Carl Cruz set about the Morton attack in a familiar way as he was quick to hit the opening bowler back over his head for six.

Cruz played well to reach 30 but then hit one straight up and was caught at cover.

When Barrow had come and gone Steve Rayton joined opener Tim Hampton-Matehe at the crease and the pair set about rebuilding the Hallam innings.

Rayton played well to reach 20 but a rush of blood to the head saw him stumped off the young spinner.

James Lockhart went to the crease and before facing a ball he saw Hampton-Matehe (58) and brother Tom Lockhart lose their wickets.

Hampton-Matehe had played the perfect anchor innings before a mis-timed shot saw him caught at deep square leg.

Jack Porter joined James Lockhart with Hallam struggling on 128-7 against a Morton attack with their tails up.

The pair quickly realised the first priority was to eat through some of the 14 overs that were left, working the ball around well and keeping the scoreboard ticking.

They were both there at the end as Hallam closed just five short on 179-7, with Porter (27*) and Lockhart (20*) in an unbeaten partnership of 51.

l A local derby saw Hallam’s second XI travel to Shipley Hall and ease to victory.

Hallam bowled Shipley out for just 75 with Simon Walker (3-35) and Anthony Henshaw (3-4) the pick of the bowlers.

They then strolled to victory losing three wickets in the process. Harry Andrew scored 35 and James North was unbeaten on ten.

l In the absence of captain Roy Ling against Ambergate, stand-in skipper Rob Goulding emerged from the encounter victorious.

Hallam bowled Ambergate out for just 131 with Luke Thompson in fine form taking 3 for 34.

In reply Oli Hubbard found last season’s form as Hallam cruised to their target just two down with Hubbard unbeaten on 56 at the close.