Seven up for Hallam star

Humphrey Emery took 7-25 for Hallam
Humphrey Emery took 7-25 for Hallam
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Hallam, the oldest Sheffield club still in existence, welcomed Upper Haugh to their Sandygate ground where cricket has been played since 1804 - but the onfield welcome was not so friendly!

Hallam won the toss and Nick Dymock asked the visitors to bat first on a green pitch still recovering from recent heavy rain,and experienced seamer Humphrey Emery gave his skipper the ideal start by bowling Rob Oxberry for 2.

The Upper Haugh batsmen, still reeling from being bowled out for 21 at home by Wickersley last week looked nervous against the aggressive Hallam opening attack.

Runs were few and far between as wickets began to tumble.

Emery bowled six consecutive maiden overs and aided by some superb wicket keeping by Liam Mitchell Upper Haugh, who are finding the move into the Ben Bailey South Yorkshire Senior League a huge step up, were reduced to 33-8.

Jordan Foster bravely hit two boundaries but Hallam’s three-pronged pace attack of Emery, Tasmanian Jesse Hemingway and Craig Moffat was too much and the visitors were all out for 48 in the 29th over, Emery taking a remarkable, all clean bowled , 7-25 off 14.4 overs and Moffat 2-2 from five.

Sixteen extras topped the score sheet with 12 by Ross Diver the highest batting total.

Hallam, who are keeping well in touch with the leading pack, and recently beat holders Treeton in the Whitworth Cup, made no mistake in reply and knocked off the arrears in just 13.4 overs,Dymock hitting five fours and a six in a quick fire 34 off 32 balls to clinch a nine wicket victory.