by Jim Sumner
SHIPLEY were made to regret the lack of runs in the last few overs of their innings at Duffield on Saturday as they left the Amber Valley with a defeat and just six points.
The visitors batted first and soon showed their intent as they went for early runs.
They lost Mark Starr with the score on 23 but Stef Gamble (49) and Rowan Jobling (59) enjoyed a century stand and helped put their team in a strong position, especially with James Cokayne the next man in.
He then blasted 74 not out in one of his typical innings and at 220 for 5, with six overs still to go, it looked as if Shipley were set for a mammoth score.
However, it was not to be. In attempting to push the score along quickly, Shipley lost four wickets for a mere four runs and this proved to be a decisive factor in the result of the match.
Although Shipley did reach a reasonable total of 255 for 8 off their allotted overs on the beautiful batting track, one had the uneasy feeling that this total could be reached if the Duffield batsmen set about the bowling.
This they proceeded to do and a sparkling innings of 117 not out by opener Peter Jenkins, supported by Jack Clark, saw them well on their way.
Thomas Roe then hit a lusty 45, Chris Sheldon was 20 not out and it was on the first ball of the last over that Duffield overtook Shipley’s total with only three wickets down.
The vital time in the match for Shipley was in the last few overs of their innings when they should have boosted their total towards the 300 mark and earned themselves a winning draw, gaining a much better return of points than the meagre six they finished up with.
Bowling-wise, Duffield’s Stewart Barlow emerged with 3 for 56 and Wazeem Fazal 4 for 71, while for Shipley Danny Haddon took 2 for 71 and Cokayne 1 for 74.