Heavy defeat for Shipley Hall firsts

Ambergate's players let out a shout for LBW against Shipley Hall on Saturday but it was to no avail.
Ambergate's players let out a shout for LBW against Shipley Hall on Saturday but it was to no avail.
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shipley Hall were left to rue a disappointing batting performance as they fell to a heavy eight-wicket defeat against visiting Ambergate on Saturday.

The hosts were put in first and although they remained at the crease for just under 33 overs, they could only accumulate 78 runs.

Neil Parkin was first to go with the score on just six as he was bowled by Phil Mason, who was the main tormentor for Ambergate in dismissing all of Shipley’s top four batsmen.

He saw off Terry Gainey (3), Danny Hanson (11) and Dave Robinson (4) in a fine display which saw him end the day with impressive figures of 4 for 21.

The only other player to reach double figures was George Essex, as his 28 was the hosts’ best effort before he was caught and bowled by Shazad Ahmed for the seventh wicket.

Other wickets went to Matt Ball (1-14), Wesley Thomas (3-28) and Liam Wallace (1-1)

The target would unsurprisingly prove no problem for Ambergate who took just 15.5 overs to seal the victory.

They did lose two wickets along the way, openers Jonathan Heath (42) and Tom Holmes (2) both being caught by Danny Haddon off the bowling of Ryan North and Danny Hanson respectively, but David Whiteley took control to see the visitors home in comfortable fashion.

Hanson’s final figures were 1 for 15 and North ended with 1 for 14.