Shipley Hall fall well short against title-chasers

Derbyshire County League, Division Two

Despite bowling title-chasing Ambergate out for a mere 143 runs, the Shipley Hall batsmen were unable to capitalise and they wslumped to a disappointing defeat as they were shot out for just 90.

Skipper Ryan North won the toss for Shipley and opted to give Ambergate the chance to bat.

After only four overs, the hosts were 31-0, a sizzling start to their innings, but when the spinners came on, the Ambergate batsmen were soon tied down and began to lose wickets.

North spearheaded the bowling attack and in an excellent spell, took 5-37.

He was well supported by Graham Farnsworth (1-34 off 14 overs), James Cokayne 2-21 and Tom Star 1-10.

For Ambergate, Tom Holmes hit a useful 26, Rob Heath 23 and Whiteley 20 but no batsmen were able to make significant scores and they were all out for 143.

In reply, Shipley made a dismal start as they slumped to 26-4 with Ball taking three of the wickets.

James Cokayne (8) and John Whittaker (16) then batted painstakingly and defended their wicket for a long time, but Michael Ball (5-28), Luke Wallace (3-14), Ahmed (1-11) and Nightingale (1-12) continued to bowl well and Shipley were all out for 90.

Out of these, the batsmen had scored only 63 with 27 extras. Martin Starr remained unbeaten on 12 but Shipley once again paid the penalty of poor batting.

This Saturday, Shipley are at home to third-from-bottom Aston-on-Trent, 1.30pm.