By Jim Sumner
In a game which ebbed and flowed for much of the time, Shipley Hall just came through to win by seven runs against Derby Congs on Saturday in Division Three of the DCCL
It was just the opposite to the previous week when Shipley lost by seven runs after giving away lots of extras to the opposition, something they have learned their lesson from and reaped their reward.
Shipley won the toss and decided to bat first on a wicket at Derby Congs which gave considerable help to the bowlers on both sides.
But things didn’t start well for the visitors, as Mark Starr and Martinus Gouws were both back in the pavilion with the score on 19.
But Ryan Buckley came in to try and steady the ship and he enjoyed an aggressive innings of 39, including eight fours.
James Cokayne also produced a useful innings of 18 and Paul Aldred contributed a sound 16, but with the ball behaving quite unpredictably Shipley Hall soon slumped to 87-6.
It was then that veteran John Whittaker (14 not out) and James Parkin (16) came to the rescue as Shipley mustered a total of 132 with the bat. Another 35 runs came via extras which, as was the case in their previous game when the boot was on the other foot, would ultimately prove crucial by the end of the contest.
When Derby Congs batted, Mark Stanwell played an excellent innings of 67 and Waseem gave him good support with 29.
Shipley’s Aldred bowled extremely well, taking 4-32 from 14 overs and being very economical, restricting the Derby batsmen to a miserly return from his bowling.
Matt Murfin also stuck to his task well and took four of the home side’s wickets while Cokayne enjoyed a useful spell of 1-23 from ten overs.
Derby Congs were eventually all out for 160, meaning Shipley earned the full 27 points and boosted their league position considerably.