Leaders Hallam cruise to win over Alrewas

Shipley Hall bowler Tom Starr is pictured in action against Lullington Park.
Shipley Hall bowler Tom Starr is pictured in action against Lullington Park.

Division Three leaders West Hallam proved too strong for Alrewas as they cruised to victory at Cock Orchard on Saturday .

After captain MartinBrandrick won the toss he took a risk and elected to bat first, Hallam making slow but steady progress with the Alrewas attack bowling particularly well.

Thomas Brandrick (50) batted particularly well until a rush of blood to the head saw him attempt a reverse sweep and glove one through to the keeper.

The rest of the Hallam batsmen made contributions and the hosts posted 197 for 5 from their 46 overs.

After tea Hallam ran riot, reducing a usually strong Alrewas top order to 34 for 6 from just eight overs, with Carl Cruz (4-45) the main destroyer.

The Alrewas lower order rallied and they began to get on top until Chris Trueman produced a brilliant spell to take 3 for 14 from ten overs and Alrewas were bowled out for 159.

On Sunday Hallam travelled to Alvaston and Boulton in the Bayley Cup and after losing the toss were asked to bowl.

A and B got off to a flying start until the introduction of Lee Barrow (3-26), Martin Brandrick (3-29) and second teamer Thomas Lockhart (2-42) slowed the run rate down. As wickets fell A and B could only post 210 on a track that needed nearer 300 to be competitive.

The only wobble of the Hallam innings was the loss of Tim Hampton-Matehe (11) with the score on 49.

However, Matt Tatler (68*) played the perfect supporting role as Tom Brandrick completely took apart the A and B bowling scoring an unbeaten 115 as Hallam cruised to victory in just 36 overs.

The second XI made a long journey to Clay Cross for what turned out to be a rather unexciting encounter.

Batting first, Hallam amassed 258 for 4 with Tom Fletcher (94), Steve Rayton (65), Josh Bostock (29), Adam Wainman (22*) and Thomas Lockhart (18*) all making contributions.

In reply, Clay Cross had no intention of trying to get close to the Hallam total as they blocked out 46 overs to make just 99 for 6. Kristian Tingle was the pick of the bowlers with 5 for 30.

The third team were comprehensively beaten by Codnor on Saturday as they were bowled out for 92.

Codnor chased down the target losing six wickets, with junior Harry Page taking 4 for 12 from five overs.

Shipley Hall

An excellent knock of 113 from Martinus Gouws. which included 15 fours and four sixes, put Shipley Hall in a very strong position when they played Lullington Park on Saturday.

Gouws was well supported by Neil Parkin (36), James Cokayne (34), Mark Starr (21) and Ryan North who, after playing a maiden over, then hit the next ten balls for 30 runs, including four sixes, to boost Shipley’s run total to 279-3, their best batting performance of the season.

Lullington faced a daunting 280 to score in their innings, but they set about their mammoth task and tried vigorously to get the runs on the board.

Eaton hit a competent 53, Caron 37, Arnold 29, Gough 29 not out and Adams 18 but they lost wickets in the process.

They managed to reach the 200 mark but there were now seven wickets down, having gained five batting points.

On a day when there were a feast of runs for most batsmen, North bowled well to take 4-43 in his ten overs and Matt Murfin took two wickets in a long 14-over spell.

Shipley took most of the spoils with 18 points to Lullington’s eight and maintain their position in the higher bracket of the league.

They are well-positioned to aim for the top two or three.