WEST Hallam proved too strong for Riddings at Cock Orchard on Saturday as they recorded a comfortable victory.
Hallam batted first but got off to a poor start when opener Thomas Brandrick saw his off stump ripped out the ground.
Matt Tatler and Tim Hampton-Matehe applied themselves on a tough wicket but Tatler was unfortunate to get one that popped up and miscued it straight into the hands of the waiting fielder.
Captain Tommy Lockhart went quickly which brought Lee Barrow to the crease at 30-3 and he used all his experience to blunt the Riddings attack.
Hampton-Matehe was the next to fall for 31 meaning debutant Carl Cruz joined Barrow at the crease.
Barrow was rotating the strike superbly and he top scored with a magnificent 54, with Cruz taking the attack to the bowlers and launching a couple of massive sixes on his way to 39.
Jack Porter finished 29 not out at the close of play with Hallam ending on 186-7.
Riddings’ batsmen were determined not to be bowled out but Peter Hort found a way through and took three wickets during his 14-over spell costing a miserly 36.
Barrow and Tom Lockhart took two wickets each, while two run outs and one wicket for James Lockhart saw Riddings bowled out for 99.
The 2nd XI took the short trip down the road to face Stainsby who sat just above Hallam at the start of play.
Stainsby could only muster 130-9 in their 46 overs with Rob Lathbury the pick of the bowlers taking 3-29.
Anthony Henshaw and Simon Walker took two wickets apiece and Tom Fletcher pulled off an early contender for catch of the season with a superb diving one handed catch.
With Tom Fletcher (59 not out) and Steve Rayton (39) in good form Hallam passed the total three wickets down.
Travelling away to face Wirksworth, Hallam batted first but could only make 89 - the only notable contribution coming from Richard Swain who finished 27 not out as he struggled to find a partner to bat with for any length of time.
Wirksworth took no time to knock off the total without losing a wicket with Williams 43 not out and Redfern 39 not out.
On Sunday the thirds went to Melbourne in the Harry Lund Cup first round.
Melbourne batted first and a dream start from Swain saw him take two early wickets, but the batsmen consolidated and took the score to 185-6, with James North claiming three wickets.
When Hallam lost Porter, Hubbard and Johnston early a tough chase got that bit harder.
The middle order rallied with Swain (25), Jordan Tingle (16) and Ryan Tingle (27) all contributed but Hallam found themselves bowled out for 146.