Following the previous week’s destruction of relegation candidates Ilkeston Rutland it was Ilkeston’s company at the bottom, Alfreton, who visited Cock Orchard.
It came as no surprise when Tommy Lockhart lost the toss; his dismal record has seen him win the toss on just three occasions out of 15.
Batting first on a flat and hard track the Hallam batsmen found the going easy with Matt Tatler racing to 44 before missing a dreaded straight one in the tenth over.
Hallam were 68-2 at that point and Angad Singh and Lockhart were at the crease.
Lockhart was finding the boundary with ease as he blitzed his way to 36 but at the other end Singh was composed and setting himself for a big one.
When Lockhart fell in the 26th over Charlie Boyles joined Singh and just like his captain Boyles was finding the gaps and he too made 44 before falling in the 44th over with the score on 238 and Singh on 80.
Singh needed a mammoth effort to find the final 20 runs to reach his maiden league ton and he achieved this in style racing from 80 to 110 not out after the 46 overs.
The final two overs yielded 35 runs, 30 of which Singh bludgeoned himself.
Hallam amassed a mammoth total of 273-5 and now had 46 overs to bowl Alfreton out and record another maximum point win.
This wasn’t to be, as Alfreton had realised they stood little chance of winning and set out to get themselves a losing draw, and despite the best efforts of Hallam’s bowlers the Alfreton batsmen stood strong and closed the innings on 135-8.
Kristian Tingle and Singh both returned figures of 3-36 from 14, Mark Hill bagged 2-32 and Lockhart finished with 0-12 from nine overs.
Hallam may have missed out on the win but they claimed 20 points from this comprehensive team performance.
The second team travelled to fourth-placed Butterley with just 20 points separating the two sides.
Butterley batted first and Rob Lathbury snared an early victim but it was opening partner Rob Goulding who proved the chief destroyer as he took 5-10 from eight overs.
Simon Walker played the supporting act, pocketing another four victims for just 24 runs, as Butterley collapsed to 79 all out.
Hallam didn’t waste time in sealing the victory with Fletcher guiding the team home with 37 not out.
A 22-point win sees Hallam starting to establish a gap between promotion chasing rivals.
With captain Ray Ling away it was last week’s centurion Maurice Lawson stepped up to take the reins.
Hallam were batting first and a combination of accurate bowling and a bowler friendly wicket meant that batting was not easy in the slightest and Hallam managed just 139-9 in their 46 overs.
In the Hallam innings there was an astonishing seven ducks and a nought not out as only Lawson, Ashleigh Frost and Joe Higton managed to get off the mark.
Lawson showed his class as he battled hard and batted throughout the innings finishing on 89 not out.
This total was no problem for high flying Denby as they raced to the target losing just four wickets in the process.