by Jim Sumner
SHIPLEY Hall overcame a poor start to their innings to fight back and earn a share of the points at home to Denby.
On a sound batting track, Shipley won the toss and put Denby in to bat.
Openers Michael Mitchell and Ross Perry-Taylor made a steady start against the bowling of Tom Starr and Danny Haddon, and took few risks in the initial stages, but gradually increased the tempo as they settled down and played their shots.
However, with 44 on the board, Mitchell was run out for 17 and Anil Bria then joined Perry-Taylor.
Both these batsmen then started to score freely and took the score to 135, despite regular changes in the bowling.
Bria was eventually out for a useful 45, but Perry-Taylor went on to make a splendid 69 before being caught by wicket-keeper Martin Starr off the bowling of Haddon who went on to take three wickets in a useful spell.
When Stephen Payne came to the wicket, he set about the Shipley bowling and hit a series of sixes and fours to boost his side’s total, but after scoring a half century he was dismissed in a most unusual manner - ‘obstructing the field.’
Denby ended their allotted 46 overs with the score on 234-6 - a very good effort with Haddon taking 3 for 63 and skipper Ryan North 1 for 22.
When Shipley batted, they made the worst possible start when they lost their first three wickets for a mere 20 runs, Fraser Kirk taking all three.
However, Shipley rallied after this and James Cokayne and Ricky Csomor took the score to 64 before the former was caught and bowled by Ian Burgoyne.
Shipley then slumped to 92-6 and looked to be in trouble but Csomor and North took the score to 161, making 45 and 42 respectively.
Shipley had reached 180-9 with just two balls left, but Scott Parkin and Martin Starr safely held out.
Kirk took 4 for 58, Simon Bria 2 for 42, Burgoyne 2 for 19 and Garry Cresswell 1 for 15, with Denby acquiring 19 points and Shipley nine.