Shipley Hall CC
by Jim Sumner
A SIX from Tutbury’s Matt McGibbon off the final ball of the match plunged Shipley to defeat after a thoroughly entertaining match on Saturday.
Batsmen from both sides revelled in the ideal batting conditions and the bowlers had a difficult task trying to contain them.
Shipley batted first and opening pair Mark (39) and Tom Starr (22) gave their team a sound start with a 69-run partnership, but both were then dismissed in consecutive overs.
But Danny Hanson (29) and the in-form David Robinson, who scored a splendid 56, carried on teh good work.
Ricci Csomor hit a useful 21, Dale O’Keefe 23 not out and skipper Ryan North 22 not out to leave Shipley 233-5 off their allotted 46 overs - a very good performance.
The best bowler for Tutbury was Darren Yeomans who took 4 for 77 in his 14 overs.
Tutbury opened well and had 42 on the board after just seven overs, with Hanson grabbing the early wicket of Robert Ellerington for 7.
However, as in the Shipley innings, the batsmen dominated proceedings.
Paul Edwards (53) and Sam Wesson (56) enjoyed a stand of 82 and Tutbury were making good inroads into the Shipley total.
But when Wesson was run out, Karl Chadfield was bowled by North who then caught and bowled Matthew Perry for a duck and Hanson then bowled Lee Stanbury, also for a duck, it was ‘game on’ for Shipley.
As North started the final over, Tutbury needed eight to win, and managed four before losing a wicket to leave them requiring four more from the final ball.
But McGibbon obliged to smash a six and give his side victory.
Tom Starr, Hanson and North took two each and with Csomor and a run-out claiming the others as Shipley ended the game with nine points to Tutbury’s 22.
National Village Cup
There was better news on Sunday as James Cokayne hit an unbeaten century to give Shipley a comfortable win in the first round of the village cricket competition at Walton-on-Trent.
He was well-supported by Mark Starr (39), Danny Hanson (35) and Kevin Farnsworth (24 not out) as Shipley passed their target with four overs to spare.
Batting first, Walton were pegged back in the early stages by Graham Farnsworthwho took a useful brace of wickets of 33 runs and Tom Starr who took 1 for 35.
Four wickets were down for 77 by the 18th over but Walton then rallied and an unbroken stand of 100 by Javid Oomer and Andy Easter saw their side in a much better position.
Hanson then took three wickets in a useful spell and Cokayne added a couple more as Walton finished on 225-9.
When Shipley batted, they made a disastrous start in losing three batsmen, all for ducks, and at 12-3 the required total looked a long way off.
But Cokayne then came to the crease and he and Mark Starr set about the bowling with relish, taking the total to 101 before Starr was lbw to James Blackwell.
Hanson joined Cokayne and both continued to pile up the runs before Hanson was caught by Easter off Alex Paget for a brace 35 with the score at 175.
Kevin Farnsworth came to the crase and hit a few lusty blows for 24 not out while Cokayne raced to his undefeated 101 and victory was sealed.
The most successful Walton bowler was James Mason who took 2 for 31.