West Hallam produced a stunning display of bowling as they comfortably overcame Heanor Town in the Amber Valley on Saturday.
With the weather having the final say in many fixtures, Hallam were surprised to find a relatively dry surface in Heanor and signs that the rain would hold off.
Captain Tommy Lockhart recognised this was an opportunity for Hallam to extend their lead at the top of the table with many other teams being called off.
When he won the toss Lockhart took no time in deciding that Heanor would be batting first.
There was the ever present threat of rain throughout the day so it was important that Hallam’s bowlers made early inroads into the Heanor batting line up.
Lockhart decided he would let this season’s new recruit Carl Cruz share the new ball with the in-form Peter Hort.
This decision proved a masterstroke as what ensued can only be described as a demolition of Heanor Town’s batsmen.
Cruz took the first wicket with the score on 13 and it simply went downhill from there for Heanor.
Hort joined the party as he bowled his way to figures of 4 for 19 off 11 overs.
However, Cruz bettered that return by recording figures of an astounding four wickets for just seven runs in 11 overs, with only four of these runs coming off the bat.
Lee Barrow took just one over to finish the innings off taking twp wickets for no runs and Heanor had been bowled out for just 26 runs in 24 overs
As the players were tucking into tea, rain filled the skies but a break in the drizzle enabled Hallam’s batsmen to take the field to chase down the total as they searched for win number seven from seven in the league this year.
Knowing more rain was imminent, Hallam’s batsmen weren’t going to mess around and Tom Brandrick was quick to put bat to ball but unfortunately lost his off stump to the bowling of Barber when he was on ten.
Cruz joined Tim Hampton-Matehe at the crease and the pair saw Hallam home to victory in just 4.3 overs.