by Jim Sumner
SHIPLEY came away from Denby with a winning draw on Saturday after a rain-interrupted encounter in the Amber Valley.
Persistent heavy rain overnight and during the morning had made play impossible on the pitch the match was due to take place on, but it did not prevent the hosts fulfilling the fixture on another pitch nearby.
Only 31 overs were allotted to each team and rain interrupted now and again, but both teams persevered and provided good entertainment.
Denby won the toss and unsurprisingly put Shipley into bat.
Mark Starr and Stef Gamble started off at a canter and reached 50 in the first nine overs before the former was bowled by Nick Smith for a quick-fire 30.
James Cokayne then came to the crease and he and Gamble plundered more quick runs as they enjoyed a stand of 126 which took Shipley’s score to 172-2 off just 23 overs, before Cokayne was caught by Smith off Phil Glenn’s bowling for a splendid 53.
Meanwhile, Gamble continued his assault on the Denby bowling and took his score to a brilliant 86 before being run out in his quest for more.
Some of the other Shipley batsmen also lost their wickets in attempting big hits to boost the score and after their 31 allotted overs, they had reached an impressive 204-9.
For Denby, Glenn took 5 for 54, Fraser Kirk 2 for 38 and Smith 2 for 38.
When Denby batted, they tood went for quick runs and an opening stand of 62 by Liam Glenn and Ross Perry-Taylor gave them a sound start.
Glenn was doing most of the scoring but he was then out for 41, bowled by Danny Hanson.
Perry-Taylor batted more circumspectly and accumulated his runs, eventually reaching 44, but the later batsmen began to falter.
Cokayne took three quick wickets in an impressive spell which put Shipley in a good position, and when the same player ran out Phil Glenn and Kirk with direct throws at the wicket, Denby were in real trouble.
Scott Parkin took his second wicket, that of Stephen Payne, but Denby finished on 179-8 from their 31 overs.
Shipley earned 17 points for the winning draw to Denby’s 12.