Rivals battle out a draw at Denby

Pictured is action between Denby (batting) and Shipley Hall on Saturday, with batsman Mark Payne adding runs to his partnership with Liam Glenn.
Pictured is action between Denby (batting) and Shipley Hall on Saturday, with batsman Mark Payne adding runs to his partnership with Liam Glenn.

Local rivals Shipley Hall and Denby met in the Amber Valley on Saturday with the hosts getting the better end of an entertaining draw.

Denby batted first and an excellent stand of 122 between Liam Glenn (58) and Mark Payne (68), together with a useful 26 from Anil Bria, saw Denby reach 206 for 6 in their allotted 46 overs - a useful total.

Tom Starr was the pick of the Shipley bowlers, taking 3 for 44 in a good spell, while Graham Farnsworth, Josh Torr and Danny Haddon each claimed a wicket.

With four of the regular team unavailable, Shipley Hall knew they would struggle to reach their target of 206 - and so it proved.

Wickets fell regularly, with Fraser Kirk (5-30) bowling particularly well, and at 36 for 6 Shipley seemed to be in a hopeless position.

The only Shipley batsman to master the bowling was opener Simon Torr, but when he was joined by young Tom Starr they enjoyed a stand of 80 to vastly improve Shipley’s position.

Torr was eventually out for a splendid 56 but Starr continued his fine innings.

However, more wickets fell and with five overs to go Martin Starr came in to join his son.

This partnership successfully withstood the final overs and Shipley finished 133-9 with Tom Starr 41 not out.

Denby took 19 points to Shipley’s seven but the visitors will never have a closer call than this.