Winning draws for West Hallam and Shipley Hall

Shipley Hall batsman Tom Starr deals with a delivery against Heanor Town.
Shipley Hall batsman Tom Starr deals with a delivery against Heanor Town.

West Hallam remain top of Division Three but had to make do with a winning draw against visiting Brailsford on Saturday.

Hallam were put in to bat but had a poor start, losing Tom Brandrick (8) and Matt Tatler (8) early and this brought David Tittershill to the crease to join Tim Hampton-Matehe.

The pair excelled in difficult conditions as they took the score from 28 for 2 to 171 before Tittershill was caught for a magnificent 86, from just 90 balls, trying to accelerate the scoring with the skipper wanting to declare.

Hampton-Matehe was unbeaten on 53 when Martin Brandrick opted to declare with the score at 177 for 3 from 35.2 overs.

This gave Brailsford 35.2 overs to bat and when they were 2 for 2 after the first over survival was the mission.

Hallam toiled hard and had to be quick to ensure they could bowl the full allocation of overs to ensure a game was played but Duncan Player (59*) proved to be the thorn in Hallam’s side as he single-handedly blunted the White Rose attack and guided Brailsford to 97 for 5 at close, giving Hallam a winning draw.

The second XI made a long journey to Staveley as they searched to continue their form from the previous weekend.

Bowling first, Mark Hill found form taking a fine 3-13 as Staveley were bowled out for 164 in the final over of their innings.

Hallam reached the total for the loss of just five wickets with Tom Lockhart finally finding a return to form with the bat, scoring a chanceless, unbeaten 66 with Martin Bostock (43) also making a notable contribution.

The third XI returned from their visit to Holmewood with 22 points in the bag after a solid team performance.

Bowling first Hallam restricted Holmewood to 125 for 9 from their 46 overs, thanks largely to Luke Thompson who took 5 for 28.

Hallam cruised to victory losing just two wickets with Hubbard (60*) and Goulding (31*) sealing the success.

Shipley Hall

Shipley Hall claimed a winning draw from an entertaining clash with local rivals Heanor Town on Saturday.

Heanor won the toss and asked Shipley to bat first - a good decision with heavy showers likely on a damp, grey day.

Shipley’s openers, James Parkin and Mark Starr, had to be very circumspect and put on only 13 in the first ten overs in difficult conditions.

Parkin was bowled for six and Starr hit 17 before losing his wicket. James Cokayne was then out for four but Rob Cokayne (18) and Martinus Gouws made an impressive stand of 49 to put Shipley on the road to recovery.

Gouws made a splendid 58, 50 of them coming in 39 minutes, before Tom Starr arrived and hit 50 in 47 balls before being out for 61 with the penultimate ball of the innings - Shipley ending on 222-9.

Kevin Barber was the pick of the bowlers, taking 4-64.

When Heanor batted, Trevor Hessey (14) and Josh Brear (29) gave them a sound start but they slumped to 100-4 as Shipley’s bowlers began to dominate.

At 126-7 Heanor decided to ‘shut up shop’ and play for a draw, something they comfortably achieved with their score on 134-8 at the end.

James Parkin took 2-19, Gouws 2-28 and James Cokayne 4-32.

Shipley gained 19 points to Heanor’s eight.