West Hallam WR 1sts secured a nine-wicket victory on Saturday in Division Two of the Derbyshire County Cricket League.
The visitors to the Cock Orchard were Trentside, who found themselves on the wrong end of a dominant all-round display by West Hallam’s Jeandre Ludick.
With the side from Burton-on-Trent the only team to beat West Hallam on their home turf last season, Hallam wanted to make sure this wasn’t repeated this season.
Hallam skipper Martin Brandrick won the toss and elected to bowl first.
With last year’s defeat still in the minds of all the players, it was only overseas recruit Jeandre ‘Dave’ Ludick that needed briefing on the importance of the game. He took this on board and proceeded to make sure defeat was never on the cards.
Trentside were bowled out for just 133 with Ludick proving the main destroyer, bowling ten overs and taking four wickets for 25 runs.
He was well supported by fellow spinner Tom Lockhart 2-23, plus Peter Hort with 0-24 from 14, Carl Cruz 1-24 and James Lockhart 1-30.
After the break, Ludick made sure he was the only player that Trentside would remember as he blasted his way to a scintillating 105 not out in just 45 balls.
This was a knock that saw 88 runs scored from boundaries (ten fours and eight sixes).
Out of a total of just 133, there weren’t many runs left for the others as Hallam knocked the total off with one wicket down.
Matt Tatler was unbeaten on 12 at the other end.
West Hallam’s second XI made the trip to Staveley on Saturday and, upon arrival, won the toss and chose to bowl first.
With Staveley settled at 100-1 after 30 overs, the signs where looking ominous. However, captain Steve Rayton and Anthony Henshaw combined magnificently to dry up the runs as they managed to restrict Staveley to 168-6 from 46 overs, Rayton returning figures of 4-27.
The run chase never got going and Hallam had to settle for a losing draw, finishing on 128-8, a result that saw them knocked off top spot for the first time since the opening day.
If the first team thought they had a short day, then West Hallam thirds blew that out of the water against Eckington.
Batting first at Beech Lane, Hallam could only manage 61 all out, with Darren Ashmole and Tom Davey the only players to reach double figures, both scoring 16, a score only bettered by the 19 extras that Eckington gifted.
Eckington reached the total in just 16 overs for the loss of three wickets.
Shipley Hall earned 22 points on Saturday to strengthen their high-flying position in Division Three of the DCCL.
Shipley won the toss and put Morton in to bat first. The openers struggled against the impressive bowling of Tom Starr, who took three of the first four wickets to fall.
However, when Martin Poiney joined opening bat Blaze Matthews, they enjoyed an excellent partnership of 100.
It was then that veteran Graham Farnsworth struck back for Shipley, taking four wickets in a purple spell to put Shipley back in the driving seat.
He took 4-46 overall, Tom Starr 3-37, ever-reliable Matt Murfin 2-40 and James Cokayne grabbed a wicket near the end.
When Shipley batted, they too lost early wickets but Mark Starr and James Cokayne set about the bowling and gave the Morton bowlers a torrid time, putting on 110 together.
Starr was unluckily run out when the bowler touched the ball onto the stumps but Shipley were well within sight of victory at that stage.
Tom Starr and James Cokayne then quickly finished off the match, Starr 18 not out and Cokayne 80 not out. Shipley took 22 points to Morton six to go top of the table.
The following day, a depleted Shipley team played Holmewood CC in the first round of the Village Cricket competition but were comfortably beaten by the home team.
Holmewood batted first and hit 184 in their 40 overs with Murfin bowling very well to take 5-17 in his nine overs.
When Shipley batted, Mark Starr hit 33, Jake Storer 19, Graham Farnsworth 24, James Parkin 10, and Thornhill 12 not out but Shipley were unable to reach the total of 184 and ending up losing the game.