Third-placed Walton-on-Trent were the visitors to Cock Orchard on Saturday as Hallam bounced back from a disappointing result last week to continue their title chase.
Walton skipper Oomer won the toss and asked Hallam to bat first, but it was a nervy start as Tom Brandrick was dropped on ten and then the ever reliable Tim Hampton-Matehe was clean bowled for just one.
When Matt Tatler joined Brandrick the pair took the score from 23 to 163 before Tatler (46) was run out after a mix-up with his partner. Brandrick soon followed Tatler back to the pavilion for a superb 107, off just 102 balls, with the innings delicately poised on 178 for 3.
The middle order then feasted on the Walton bowlers with Dave Tittershill (35 off 37 balls) Martin Brandrick (26 off 27) and finally James Lockhart blasting an unbeaten 52 from just 19 balls, including five fours and four sixes. Hallam had amassed a mammoth 302 for 6 from their 46 overs.
In response Walton started steadily and there were early wickets for Peter Hort (1-24) and James Lockhart.
With fewer than ten overs to go and five wickets still intact the game looked destined to be a draw.
However, captain Martin Brandrick made a bowling change replacing Tom Brandrick (2-23) with opening bowler James Lockhart to bowl in tandem with his brother Tom.
The duo set about the Walton lower order and in a flurry 149 for 5 became 150 all out as the last five wickets fell in the space of 12 balls with James Lockhart taking 4-49 and Tom Lockhart 3-26 as Hallam took the maximum 27 points.
The second XI travelled to neighbouring Stainsby and found themselves being asked to bat first by the home skipper.
Hallam posted 184 for 6 with Martin Bostock (74) and Simon Walker (38) making valuable contributions to the total.
In response the Stainsby innings was dominated by some clean hitting from Humphries (78) as Stainsby reached the total five wickets down.
With things looking tight at the top of Division 9N Roy Ling’s third XI travelled to Selston with the main focus being to take as many points as they could from the game.
They started in magnificent style as Swain (5-30) and Goulding (4-11) dismantled the Selston line up and bowled them out for just 80 with youngster Harry Page taking the other wicket.
Hallam cruised to victory losing four wickets with Sam Tatler the top run scorer in a low-scoring game which saw Hallam secure 22 points.
by Jim Sumner
Both batsmen and bowlers performed well for Shipley Hall at Alvaston and Boulton on Saturday in Division Three of the DCCL.
The batsmen scored 231-6 and the bowlers managed to claim eight wickets in an exciting game, with A and B scoring 215-8.
A and B won the toss and put Shipley in to bat. Although losing an early wicket, that of Neil Parkin, Paul Aldred and Martinus Gouws then set about the bowling and lusty blows from both batsmen saw Shipley race to 125 before another wicket fell with Gouws hitting 40 and Aldred 71 in two splendid innings which gave Shipley an impressive start.
More was to follow when James Cokayne came to the crease and, after a patient start, hit a blistering 70 not out with 58 runs coming in the last 15 minutes.
David Farnsworth made a useful 12 and Matt Murfin 20 not out in an impressive total of 231-6.
The A & B bowlers had torrid time but Crowther took 3-52 off his 12 overs and Ottewell 2-80 off 13.
When A & B batted they faced a formidable total and found it difficult against the bowling of Murfin and Gouws.
They slumped to 99-6 and then 122-7 but Siviter (48 not out) and Ottewell (28 not out) staged a great fightback and scored some quick runs to reach the 200 mark, having lost eight wickets in the process and Shipley were not able to capture the last two vital wickets for victory.
Man of the match Gouws took 3-37 and Matt Murfin took 3-62.
Shipley took 17 points from the game and A and B 12.