Good weekend for West Hallam’s first XI

Pictured is action from Clowne Town v West Hallam thirds (batting) on Saturday.
Pictured is action from Clowne Town v West Hallam thirds (batting) on Saturday.

WEST Hallam enjoyed a good weekend of league and cup action with two wins out of two.

Saturday saw the first team make a short journey to Breadsall as they looked to continue with the momentum picked up the previous week.

Tommy Lockhart again won the toss and took no time in asking Breadsall to come and bat on what looked like a green bowlers track.

James Lockhart claimed an early victim but Andy Evans and Simon Walker applied themselves and took the score to 80-2 after 22 overs.

However, with Peter Hort and Kristian Tingle in full flow a Breadsall collapse saw the score deteriorate rapidly to 81-7 off 22 overs and then 94 all out.

Hort returned figures of 4-30 off 14, Tingle 2-34 and Lee Barrow wrapped the innings up with 3-6 off just 11 balls.

Hallam’s batsman got off to a strong start again with the opening pair of Thomas Brandrick and Timothy Hampton-Matehe taking the score to 90 before Hampton-Matehe was bowled for 18.

Brandrick was unlucky to be judged leg before with the score on 92 after a magnificent 64 in which he brought up his 50 with a fine six over mid-wicket.

Matt Tatler and Tom Lockhart got their first bat of the season and saw the innings to a close to seal another 22 points after a fine team performance.

On Sunday Hallam welcomed Lullington to Cock Orchard for round one of the Bayley Cup.

West Hallam were put in to bat first with Brandrick and Hampton-Matehe quickly taking the score to 39 before Brandrick chipped a catch to cover who greatly accepted and he was on his way back to the pavilion for 18 (30 balls).

Hampton-Matehe was next to fall for a well-made 51 (59 balls), followed by captain Lockhart for one.

Lee Barrow joined Matt Tatler at the crease and the pair added 58 before both falling with the score on 178,

Tatler scored 61 (69 balls) and Barrow 27 (32 balls).

James Lockhart and Jake Mohammed added another 38 late on as Hallam closed on 255-9.

Some good bowling backed up by superb fielding meant Lullington were never going to chase down the total and were bowled out for 207.

Hort finished with figures of 3-28, James Lockhart 1-38, Tommy Lockhart 2-25, Barrow 2-45 and Hampton-Matehe 2-13.

Second XI

Hallam’s second team were at home looking to regain some ground on early league leaders Eckington.

Early wickets for Mark Hill saw Eckington, batting first, lose three early on but the middle order rallied together and took the score to 155-7 at the tea break.

The run chase started disastrously with opener Harry Andrew being run out after pulling his hamstring attempting a quick run.

Jake Mohammed fell for 20 before Hill and Tom Fletcher scored well to leave the game going to the wire.

Fletcher was unlucky to be run out for a sparkling 80, leaving seven runs needed from seven balls.

And when Hill fell in the final over the Hallam supporters got nervous with two new batsmen at the crease, but Adam Wainman did the honours quickly to see them home with four balls to spare.

Third XI

Ray Ling’s men finally got underway at Clowne and bowled their hosts out for 113, Rob Goulding taking 5-20, Jordan Tingle 2-16 and Luke Thompson 2-29.

Hallam should have easily chased this total down but Clowne’s bowling proved too strong and Hallam were all out for 94 with James North top scoring on 38.