Shipley Hall suffered an overwhelming defeat at the hands of Langley Mill on Saturday.
by Jim Sumner
SHIPLEY Hall suffered an overwhelming defeat at the hands of local rivals Langley Mill on Saturday.
The home side were second best with both bat and ball all the way through the contest, and didn’t manage to earn a single point for batting or bowling - a rare occurrence.
Even though the lost the toss and were put in to bat by the Langley Mill captain Andrew Bailey, to get no points at all was a great disappointment for the Shipley players.
In the early stages of the game, they lost the wickets of Mark Starr, Tom Starr, Terry Gainey and James Cokayne for a mere 20 runs, but then Danny Hanson (25) and Ryan North (23) ‘rallied the troops’ for a while to make Shipley’s position slightly better at 60 for 6.
However, after that, only Scott Parkin reached double figures (12) - one of only three batsmen to do so as Shipley were all out for just 88.
Langley Mill bowlers Jeff Wharton (4 for 28), Jamie Scott (3 for 31) and Andrew Bailey (3 for 35) had a field day and between them gained all the valuable bowling points.
When the Millers batted, Shipley’s spin bowler Graham Farnsworth produced a very good spell, with five maiden overs out of his six, but was unable to take the wickets of either Paul Bailey or Jamie Salmons, the Langley Mill openers.
Other bowlers were tried but with no success and Langley Mill coasted to victory without losing a single wicket.
Both Bailey and Salmons each scored 40 not out and with the help of nine extras completed an emphatic victory and claimed 22 points in the process.