Nutbrook frustrate Ambergate while Shipley are beaten again

Nutbrook's Danny Brooks bowls to Chris Whiteley. nila210614eg1
Nutbrook's Danny Brooks bowls to Chris Whiteley. nila210614eg1

High-flying Ambergate had to be content with just a winning draw after being frustrated by Nutbrook on Saturday.

Ambergate won the toss and opted to bat first, the openers Jack McIver and Chris Whiteley putting on 41 before Whiteley was out for 22, caught by Chris Palfreyman off Danny Brooks’ bowling.

Young spinner Harry Duckles then turned the match in Nutbrook’s favour with four wickets in three overs to leave Ambergate struggling at 71-5 in the 19th over.

But a fine sixth wicket stand of 130 between McIver and Shazad Ahmed ended when McIver was caught by Harry Cook off the bowling of Max Magann for 103, Ahmed following soon afterwards for 55 as Ambergate were all out for 219 in the final over.

Brooks ended with 1 for 31, Magann 2 for 39, Duckles 4 for 77 and Matt Wakefield 3 for 21.

Ambergate’s attempts to win the game in the field got off to a good start as Palfreyman was bowled out by Phil Mason to leave Nutbrook 5-1 and Brooks was next out for 16, the catch taken by Whiteley off Matt Ball’s bowling.

The score of 45-2 then became 70-6 in the 21st over with another wicket for Ball and three for Josh Nicholas, all clean bowled.

But a seventh wicket stand of 77 would save the game for Nutbrook and leave Ambergate frustrated, Magann finishing not out on 71 and Harry Cook, who had earlier taken four catches, proving to be a nemesis for the hosts with the bat too to end unbeaten on 28 and restrict Ambergate to a draw.

Nutbrook’s second XI batted first against Morton seconds and scored 217-7, the bulk of the runs coming from Mark Witham with 72 and Ryan McGrath 54, Craig Wilson chipping in with 28.

Morton’s reply started well with the openers not parted until the 30th over but a 141 stand between Williamson and Gaunt saw Morton home with just one ball to spare.

James Topliss took 2 for 36 and Ben Dawes 3 for 56.

Nutbrook thirds faced Clowne seconds and batted first, a good stand between Alistair Hodgkinson (35) and Daniel Kerry (31) giving them a solid start and then captain Gary Woods carrying on from where he left off the previous week by getting 105 not out, helped by Drew Noon (45) and Ste Argyle (24) to give Nutbrook a total of 263.

Clowne opened strongly but fine bowling and good catches completed a good all round effort when Clowne were all out for 104, noon taking 4 for 11 and Gary Whitehead 4 for 8 as Nutbrook took 27 points.

Shipley Hall

Shipley Hall entertained Hilton last Saturday but for the second successive game fell to a disappointing defeat.

Shipley won the toss and decided to put the opposition into bat.

Bowlers Graham Farnsworth and Matt Murfin opened the Shipley attack and the Hilton batsmen struggled to score many runs.

Farnsworth was particularly economical and conceded only 16 runs in his first ten overs, as well as taking the wicket of opener Alan Barber.

Murfin supported him well and conceded only 25 runs in his first nine overs.

However, the game changed completely when Tom Rushby came into bat. He stepped up the tempo and, with a bit of good fortune also, he and Martyn Gregson started to pile on the runs.

Rushby was eventually out for a splendid 88, well supported by Gregson’s 38 and with the remaining batsmen chipping in with a few each, Hilton reached 209-9 off their allotted overs.

For Shipley, James Parkin took a useful 4-33, Eoin Bowley 2-22 and Murfin, Graham Farnsworth and David Farnsworth one wicket each.

When Shipley batted, they made a steady start and were progressing well with 45 runs on the board for just one wicket, but then Michael Thompson and Dominic Whitworth got among the wickets which fell with bewildering rapidity.

Shipley slumped to 93 for 8 and were then all out for 114 - a very poor reply to Hilton’s total.

Neil Cox scored 20 and Richard Gregg, Shyam Manek and Neil Parkin ten each, but there were no other innings of consequence and not many points for Shipley Hall.