League leaders West Hallam WR proved too strong for Shipley Hall in Saturday’s local derby in Division Three.
West Hallam won the toss and had no hesitation in asking Shipley to bat first on what would be an unpredictable wicket.
Mark Starr and Ryan Buckley put on 41 runs to give Shipley a sound start but after that there was a clatter of wickets as the West Hallam bowlers exploited the conditions and took control.
Chris Trueman took 2 for 35 including a stunning caught and bowled to remove opener Buckley, James Lockhart 3 for 28, Lee Barrow 2 for 2 and Carl Cruz 3 for 8 as White Rose gave the Shipley batsmen a torrid time, only Tom Starr reaching double figures (16) as Shipley were all out for 74.
When West Hallam batted, they lost a quick wickets when James Cokayne snapped up a catch off Matt Murfin but after that they made slow but steady progress, not taking any risks.
Tim Hampton-Matehe batted soundly and with Matt Tatler and took the score to 37 when Murfin struck again, Tatler caught by Martin Starr for 18.
Parkin saw off David Tittershill with the score on 53, but Hampton-Matehe (31 not out) saw West Hallam through to a deserved seven-wicket victory, taking maximum points.
West Hallam’s 2nd XI travelled to league leaders Wirksworth looking to find a return to winning ways.
Bowling first Hallam were surprised by an attacking start with opener Hill hit for six in his first over.
Boden (56) batted well for Wirksworth but with Hill, Henshaw and Lathbury all taking three wickets apiece and Tingle one, Wirksworth were bowled out for 158.
The run chase started well with Bostock and Rayton setting the foundations before Bostock was out to a dubious decision.
This brought Fletcher to the crease and he and Rayton took Hallam to a superb victory reaching the total of 158 in just 35 overs, for the loss of just one wicket.
Fletcher was unbeaten on 56 and partner Rayton 55 at the close.
West Hallam’s third XI were away to Duffield and, batting first, the hosts a amassed 229 for 7 in their 46 overs with Richard Swain (3-69) the pick of the Hallam bowlers.
Hallam’s reply was solid and the secured a losing draw, closing their innings on 159 for 3 with Maurice Lawson (34) and youngster Joe Higton (38) featuring with the bat.