by Jim Sumner
SHIPLEY Hall endured mixed fortunes in league and cup matches last weekend.
In their league match at Rolleston on Saturday, fielding a weakened side Shipley suffered a heavy defeat.
Once again they lost the toss and were put in to bat by the opposing captain.
Veteran Mark Starr hit a sound 40 to boost Shipley’s total but only Danny Hanson (12), Ryan North (24) and Danny Haddon (20) gave him any form of support as Shipley crumbled to 122 all out.
For Rolleston, Luke Nelson (4 for 27), Alex Britton (3 for 39) and Scott Baker (3 for 29) all bowled well to limit Shipley’s total.
When Rolleston batted, they showed how it should be done.
Although losing one wicket, Tim Yates (78 not out) and Matt Ford (30 not out) remained undefeated in passing Shipley Hall’s total with plenty of overs to spare to secure a comfortable win.
On Sunday, Shipley played their opening game in the Village Cricket competition and were drawn away to Dove Holes in north Derbyshire - and what a match it proved to be.
The home side batted first and lost three quick wickets, but an excellent innings by Critchlow with 91 and Cartledge who was 32 not out took Dove Holes to a respectable score of 194-9 off their 40 overs.
The Shipley bowlers had stuck to their task with Graham Farnsworth taking the honours with his 3 for 24. Scott Parkin finished with 3 for 50, Tom Starr 1 for 22 and Mark Starr 2 for 6.
When Shipley batted they lost a couple of quick wickets but Mark Starr (45) and Danny Hanson (33) came to the rescue with a stand of 74 before they were both out.
However, another wicket soon fell and Shipley had slumped to 98-5.
It was then up to the later batsmen to take charge, and this they did in no uncertain manner.
They all hit out aggressively, John Whittaker with two lusty sixes in his 19, but it was Parkin who raced to 49 not out and was the star of the show, together with an impressive innings from Graham and Brian Farnsworth and Martin Starr.
Fifteen runs came from the penultimate over and it was left to Parkin to administer the ‘coup de grace’ in the final over as Shipley passed the Rolleston score with nine wickets down.