by Jim Sumner
SHIPLEY Hall were hoping to do much better when they were entertained by Duffield on Saturday after a series of consecutive defeats.
Alas, it wasn’t to be, as the home side claimed the victory on a difficult wicket which had been affected by continuous rain the day before.
For that reason it was of paramount importance that Shipley win the toss and put the opposition into bat, but the reverse happened and they soon found themselves in dire trouble in having to bat first.
The Duffield bowlers exploited the difficult batting conditions with relish and Shipley lost their first seven wickets for a mere 32 runs, the worst possible scenario.
Only Tom Starr, who hit 24, and Stef Gamble (12) reached double figures with Mr Extras claiming 13 and Shipley being bundled out for just 67 in 29 overs.
For Duffield, Stewart Barlow took 4 for 25, Shah Wali 4 for 18 and Waseem Fazal 1 for 16.
When Duffield batted, they too struggled on the lively wicket and runs came at a premium, but Jack Clark (22) and Chris Sheldon (20) weathered the storm, and though losing five wickets in the process, Duffield passed Shipley’s total comfortably and gained 22 points to Shipley’s two.
For Shipley, Danny Haddon took 2 for 20 and Graham Farnsworth, Tom Starr and Danny Hanson each took a wicket.
Alarm bells are now ringing for Shipley having slumped to a perilous position in the league, so it is vital to collect as many points as possible in the remaining weeks of the season to ensure they avoid the drop.