Firsts overcome rivals in a weekend of victories for all of West Hallam’s sides

It was a short trip up the road for the first team as they travelled to face local rivals Ilkeston Rutland.

Tommy Lockhart won the toss and elected to field first.

West Hallam’s bowlers yet again fired on all cylinders as openers Kristian Tingle and Angad Singh blew away the Ilkeston top order to leave them floundering at just 10-5.

Chris Palfreyman battled away for the hosts but when he was handed a lifeline by the umpire, who failed to see or hear anything as Palfreyman edged through to the keeper, he failed to capitalise and Mark Hill was responsible for cleaning him up.

The Ilkeston tail had to wag and when it came to it the youngsters at the bottom showed the batsman how it should be done and made it look easy to bat for time.

Jakob Hill stood out with a composed 25 and numbers ten and 11 both chipped in with valuable runs to get them past the 100 mark.

The innings finished at 119 all out with Singh taking 4-29, Tingle 2-40, Hill 3-17 and Lee Barrow 1-21.

All of Hallam’s batsman got themselves in but then got themselves out looking to finish the game quickly.

But Barrow and Craig Johnston steadied the ship and guided the team to victory in the 27th over with just five wickets down.

Second XI

Heanor Town 2nds travelled to Cock Orchard and when they won the toss it was an easy decision to bowl first, and expecting a pitch full of demons the West Hallam batsmen set about posting a competitive total.

Heanor claimed two early wickets with both openers falling cheaply however when Olivier Hubbard got to the crease he and Tom Felcher steadied the ship and Hubbard scored a majestic 50.

There was support from the rest of the team with Felcher (25), Charlie Boyles (24), Simon Walker (32*) and Roberto Laughbury (11*) as Hallam scored 177-5 in their 46 overs.

No matter how Heanor batted they didn’t bank on opening pair of Laughbury and Goulding being on top form and having the visitors four down inside nine overs.

With a partnership building captain Jeff Lockhart decided to change the attack and introduced Richard Swain and Anthony Henshaw.

Whilst Swain found it hard to find the right areas Henshaw had no such problem with a scrooge like bowling spell yielding figures of 3-8 off nine overs.

When Walker joined Henshaw the two had no problem in mopping up the Heanor tail and securing a maximum 27 points for Hallam which saw them lifted to the dizzying heights of a promotion spot.

Third XI

When captain Roy Ling won the toss at Clowne Town he opted to bat first and go after the maximum points.

His batsmen duly obliged with opener Maurice Lawson scoring the club’s first ton this season as he played his way beautifully to 109 before being run out.

He was supported well by Chris Boyles who stroked a superb 53 in a partnership of 141 with Lawson, with Hallam closing the innings on 209.

The stage was set for one of the bowlers to steal the show. Step up Luke Thompson, as a fine spell of bowling saw him account for the top five batsmen as he blitzed his way to figures of 6-27.

Joe Higton took 2-23 and Ling came hunting his rabbit as he took the final wicket to seal a maximum point win.