by Jim Sumner
SHIPLEY Hall endured a dismal weekend with heavy defeats in both the league and in the National Village Cup.
Saturday saw a visit to Cutthorpe who had enjoyed an encouraging start to the season which continued with a comfortable success.
Cutthorpe batted first, and with Steve Chapman making 50 and Mohamed Mazahir 69, together with contributions from the middle order batsmen, they reached 245-7 in their allotted 46 overs.
Danny Hanson, Jordan Leeming and Scott Parkin each took a wicket and skipper Ryan North grabbed a couple.
When Shipley batted it was a poor performance as only two batsmen reached double figures - Tom Starr with 10 and Ricci Csomor with 23.
Shipley were shot out for only 79 runs and 20 of those were extras, so gained only three points.
For Cutthorpe, Andrew Knowles took 4 for 43, Mazahir 3 for 0 and Chapman 2 for 26.
In the Village Cup the following day, Shipley fared much better but were still well beaten.
Stainsby batted first and thanks to a splendid innings from Tom Wood of 84, supported by Rob Wood (28), David Wood (31) and Sunny Kooner (21*) they reached 195 for 6 in their 40 overs, a fair score but one which was attainable.
Ryan North took two wickets, with Danny Hanson, Graham Farnsworth, James Cokayne and Danny Haddon each taking one.
When Shipley batted, Mark Starr (36) and Stef Gamble put on 56 for the first wicket, a sound start and a good base from which to build a useful innings, but they then lost two more wickets quickly and the innings began to falter.
James Cokayne added 23 and at 129-5 Shipley still had enough wickets for their final launch in the last few overs and a distinct possibility of reaching the Stainsby total.
However, all of that came to nothing when a clatter of wickets ensued mainly due to the fine bowling of Tom Wood (4 for 18) and Matt Smith (5 for 49).
Shipley collapsed to 148 all out and lost the match by 47 runs.