Derbyshire County League
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Heanor Town (22pts) 132-0 [29.4 overs] (A Dixon 70*, J Brear 46*) beat West Hallam WR (2pts) 131 all out [39.5 overs] (M Bostock 35, A Dixon 4-28) by 10 wickets
HEANOR Town first XI followed up the opening day-of-the-season win at Allestree by crushing West Hallam at the Town Ground.
Put in to bat by Heanor skipper Andy Brear, West Hallam’s batsmen were soon in trouble in the face of a fiery spell by Kev Barber, and the accurate nagging length of Andy Mann.
A score of 22 for 0 soon became 22 for 2 as both openers departed in quick succession, one wicket each for the Heanor openers.
Veteran batsman Martin Bostock steadied the ship with a partnership of 44 with Charlie Boyles before Boyles became the first victim of spin bowler Ali Dixon, bowled for 20.
During an inspired spell of bowling, he went on to take 4-28 from 11 overs, ripping out the heart of the West Hallam middle order.
Young Jordan Halford also weighed in with 2 for 36 from 11 and Adrian Mann also took 2 for 8 from five balls as West Hallam finished on 131 all out from 39.5 overs.
Only Bostock for the visitors showed resilience, scoring 35 before being one of Jordan Halford’s two victims.
In reply, the young Heanor opening batting partnership of Ali Dixon and Josh Brear set about the West Hallam bowling attack almost from the first ball.
Anything loose was punished, and boundaries came easily, despite a spirited effort from both the opening bowlers, Kristian Tingle and Mark Hill.
Even when pace was taken off the ball, the young Heanor pair still managed to pick the gaps in the field and after only 29.4 overs, the target was reached and a ten-wicket victory was achieved.
Ali Dixon top scored with 70 not out to follow on from his earlier bowling exploits and Josh Brear weighed in with 46 not out.
Heanor took 22 points out the game with West Hallam only gaining two.
Second XI defiant
Allestree (16pts) 255-5 [46 overs] (S Woodward 35, J Wilcox 69, P Dempsey 38) drew with Heanor Town (10pts) 228-5 [46 overs] (A Matthews 75, P Barlow 69, M Akhtar 3-55)