by Jim Sumner
SHIPLEY Hall managed to hold out until the last over at Tutbury on Saturday but lost their last wicket with just three balls left in an exciting finish.
But a sterling performance from 17-year-old Thomas Starr, who went in to bat at number seven and scored an impressive 65 not out, had given Shipley the chance of drawing the match.
They just failed to do so but earned themselves seven useful points, though after a succession of good results were disappointed to lose this fixture despite several first-team regulars being unavailable and Tutbury being well-placed in the league.
Tutbury won the toss and quickly made the decision to bat first.
They were soon going after the runs and Daniel Green (78) and Sam Wesson (39) enjoyed a prolific century stand before Ryan North took both their wickets and also that of Darren Yeomans who hit a useful 35.
Veteran Graham Farnsworth claimed the wicket of Paul Edwards, caught by Thomas Starr for 5, but there followed a fine innings by Craig Watson who hit a rapid 50 not out and with useful support from Karl Chadfield and Robert Ellerington, Tutbury reached 290-6, with Danny Hanson and Thomas Starr taking a wicket each.
Shipley didn’t help their cause one bit due to wayward bowling, and with 40 extras as part of the Tutbury total, it left the visiting batsmen too much to do in their reply.
When Shipley batted, Mark Starr, Neil Parkin, David Robinson, Hanson and North all reached double figures but there was nobody who could press on and establish a promising innings.
However, young Thomas Starr came in and showed it could be done, as his 65 gave Shipley a chance to save the game, especially as the Tutbury bowlers were equally generous in the extras column.
But Shipley lost their last wicket with three balls left and Tutbury claimed the 27 points.
Ben Bartram (2 for 53), Ellerington (3 for 17), Chadfield (2 for 23) and Yeomans (3 for 30) were the successful bowlers as Shipley’s total of 196 proved to be quite inadequate.