Hallam and Shipley both secure victories

Tom Brandrick hit 69 to help West Hallam to victory over Alvaston & Boulton
Tom Brandrick hit 69 to help West Hallam to victory over Alvaston & Boulton

West Hallam White Rose maintained their lead at the top of Division Three with an away win at Alvaston & Boulton on Saturday.

Were it not for a 54-point deduction, A&B would be up in the promotion chase, so this was always likely to be a tough encounter for Hallam to negotiate.

At drinks Hallam were 67 for 1 but Tatler fell shog a magnificent 7 for 19 and Selston were bowled out for just 82.

Martin Brandrick again lost the toss and West Hallam found themselves batting on an unusually damp and green A&B track.

Tim Hampton-Matehe (16) and Thomas Brandrick (69) had got Hallam off to a solid start before Hampton-Matehe was adjudged caught behind with the score on 39.

Matt Tatler (54) then joined Brandrick and the pair took the score to 114 before Brandrick was dismissed by a spectacular one-handed catch from Darren Pooley.

David Tittershill (23) misjudged a straight one before Lee Barrow and James Lockhart produced a useful partnership to move things along further, West Hallam eventually posting 255-7.

Missing a few familiar faces from the bowling attack, Hallam knew they would have to work hard to claim the win.

Carl Cruz (1-63) got an early breakthrough but Berridge (42) and Rowlands (17) began to put together a solid partnership.

James Lockhart (2-33) removed Berridge before Barrow (4-67) began to dismantle the middle order, and although the last pair dug in well, an outstanding catch from Lockhart from the bowling of Thomas Brandrick saw off Anthony (53) to seal a Hallam victory.

The second XI were playing at home against Marehay and it was West Hallam batting first.

The innings was dominated by a sublime innings from opener Steve Rayton who carried his bat for an unbeaten 111 as West Hallam posted 195.

Hallam’s bowlers dismissed Marehay for 100 with Lathbury (3-27), Thomas Lockhart (3-18), Walker (3-7) and Hill (1-17) taking the wickets.

In the first game of a double header weekend for the third XI, Hallam welcomed Stanton Elks to Beech Lane.

The game was a short one as Roy Ling won the toss and asked Stanton to bat first.

With James North in fine form taking 5 for 24, Stanton were bowled out for 50.

Hallam cruised to victory losing just two wickets on the way to claiming 22 points.

On Sunday, after a long drive to Clowne, Ling’s men went one better by claiming a maximum 27 points.

Hallam posted a daunting 247 for 5 with Hubbard (74) Bostock jnr (44) and Charlie Boyles (31) all making notable contributions.

Despite a valiant effort from Botham (74), Clowne were bowled out for 122 with Robert Goulding taking a match-winning 5 for 32.

Shipley Hall

Shipley Hall took the full 27 points from their clash with Clay Cross on Saturday.

Shipley batted first and five wickets went down with just 49 runs on the board, but Ryan North came in and enjoyed a good knock of 38 to boost the Shipley score and Mal Murfin hit a splendid 39 to give additional support.

Even then, Shipley were still in dire trouble at 100-9 but Paul Thornhill came to the rescue and hit 14 not out enabling the last pair to take the score to 140.

Clay Cross made a steady start in reply and put on 34 for the first wicket before losing Hiram for 19, Davidson 22 and Griffin 14.

Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals with Murfin and Martinus Gouws doing most of the damage, between them taking nine wickets with Murfin claiming four and Gouws 5 for 24 in a lethal spell of bowling.

Clay Cross were all out for 102 and Shipley were awarded the maximum points to get themselves back on track following two straight defeats.