by Jim Sumner
SHIPLEY Hall’s batsmen continued their rich vein of form when they entertained local rivals Nutbrook on Saturday.
After amassing well over 300 runs the previous week, Shipley put themselves in a good position to win this match after scoring 277-3 in their allotted overs.
Once again, Mark Starr (49) and Stef Gamble (48) gave Shipley a fine start as they enjoyed a 91-run standin the first 17 overs.
Tom Starr went for ten, with Michael Chambers claiming all three wickets that fell, but after that no Nutbrook bowler was able to dislodge the two Shipley batsmen at teh crease, James Cokayne and Danny Hanson.
The duo were still undefeated at the end of the innings with Cokayne scoring a brilliant 102 and Hanson an outstanding 49.
This partnership put Shipley in a strong position to aim for victory.
When Nutbrook started their innings, Graham Farnsworth relished the challenge of going all out for victory and claimed three wickets in a very tidy spell, with Ryan North taking the wicket of Ben Eaton for 29.
Nutbrook then dug in for a while but Cokayne had Adam Lever trapped lbw with the score on 125-5.
However, the weather was deteriorating rapidly with heavy rain and poor visibility and it was patently obvious taht the match would have to be abandoned.
It was a pity that it couldn’t go to its natural conclusion as it was at a very interesting stage, but at 130-5 both teams had to return to the pavilion.
Richard Henshaw played a fine innings of 54 not out to stave off a possible defeat and at the end Shipley gained 13 points to Nutbrook’s nine.