All-rounders Parkin and Cokayne steer Shipley to victory

SHIPLEY Hall cricket update.
SHIPLEY Hall cricket update.

All-rounders James Parkin and James Cokayne played the starring roles as Shipley Hall proved superior with both bat and ball to fellow mid-tablers Abbots Bromley in Division Three of the Derbyshire County League.

Shipley enjoyed a comfortable six-wicket victory to leapfrog their visiting rivals into sixth place in the table.

And vying for the man-of-the-match plaudits were Parkin, who took five wickets with the new ball and then struck a fine 41, and Cokayne, who bagged three wickets with his spin and guile and followed up with a sparkling knock of 57 not out.

The day began with captain Ryan North winning the toss and asking Abbots Bromley to bat first. It quickly proved to be a good decision because Parkin and Tom Starr were among the wickets, reducing the opposition to 7-3, 38-4 and 67-5.

Parkin excelled, returning final figures of 5-39 from 11 overs, while Starr ended up with 1-27 from seven and also took three catches.

To their credit, Abbots Bromley launched a plucky fightback in the hands of number five bat James Stevenson, who fired a terrific 84, which included one six and seven fours.

After the loss of Ben Foley for 25 (four fours), Stevenson put on 52 for the sixth wicket with David Jones (13) and helped the visitors reach a final total of 173, which also included 25 extras. However, Parkin returned to the attack to remove him, caught by North, and Cokayne did the rest, cleaning up the tail.

Shipley’s reply quickly lost opener Neil Parkin for six. But it soon became clear that Mark Starr is still very nifty with the bat as he cracked 34 that included seven boundaries.

At the other end, James Parkin settled down for his second contribution of the match, striking seven fours, and the home side were soon on their way to their target.

Once Starr had gone, Cokayne (one six and ten fours) took over with a combination of attractive strokeplay and sound defence to share stands of 64 for the third wicket and 43 for the fourth with George Essex (15) that got Shipley home by the 39th over.