West Hallam recovered from a difficult start to overcome struggling Alfreton 2nd XI on Saturday.
Things didn’t start as West Hallam had planned as they lost a wicket with only the second ball of the game.
It was tough going early on, with Martin Bostock digging in for 29 and others getting starts but not pushing on.
A mid-innings collapse then saw the score move from 75 for 3 to 88 for 7 after 36 overs.
But with David Ince and Craig Johnston at the crease, West Hallam started to put pressure on the fielding side, working the ball around well and some smart running between the wickets.
The next wicket fell on 109 with Johnston caught behind for a vital 23. Rob Lathbury and Stuart Rayner came in at numbers ten and 11 respectively and both chipped in with valuable runs as West Hallam reached 156 before being bowled out in the final over of the innings, with Ince finishing 19 not out.
Alfreton started well and were 52 for 2 off 13 overs. Mark Hill took both wickets in an opening spell of 2-33 with Stuart Rayner bowling eight overs for ten runs at the other end.
Lee Barrow and captain Tom Lockhart were introduced into the attack and frustrated Alfreton’s top order, conceding just eight runs in 11 overs and taking three wickets between them in that time.
West Hallam kept up the pressure and in the end managed to bowl their opposition out for 109 with seven overs remaining to seal consecutive maximum-point victories.
Barrow finished with 4 for 35 and Lockhart 4 for 17.
THE seconds were up against Butterley and looking for a positive result to start pushing themselves up the table.
After winning the toss and electing to field, Butterley got off to a good start and batted solidly throughout the innings, reaching a total of 234 for 8 before declaring after 43 overs.
Simon Walker was the pick of the bowlers with 4 for 56, James North ended with 2 for 38 and Rob Goulding and Anthony Henshaw also got a wicket apiece.
Recent batting performances meant that 234 looked a daunting target for a side that were yet to reach the century mark in an innings.
However Adam Wainman started well and after losing Goulding with the score on 22, he and Chris Boyles put together a 50 partnership before losing Wainman for a well grafted 45.
After battling throughout the innings West Hallam reached 171 for 4 off their overs, Boyles finishing with 40, Walker adding 28 and youngsters Josh Bostock and Jordan Mohamed scoring 20 not out and 12 respectively.
The thirds endured a nightmare start to their innings against Denby.
Reduced to 38 for 5 with the top five batsman all failing to reach double figures, youngsters Harry Page (39) and Sam J Johnson (17) came in at six and seven and showed some grit to take the score to 86 before the loss of the next wicket.
West Hallam managed to reach 110 before being bowled out in the 45th over.
Sensible batting from Denby’s top order meant they never looked in any real danger as they passed the required total for the loss of just three wickets, Ryan Tingle with 2 for 31 and Harry Page 1 for 7 the only wicket takers.