by Jim Sumner
Shipley Hall and Trentside, next to each other in the middle of the Derbyshire County League Division Three, enjoyed a good game on Saturday despite the unsettled and showery weather.
Trentside batted first and Shipley made inroads into the batting straight away as Matt Murfin and Tom Starr saw them slump to 9-3 in a good spell of bowling.
However, then followed some exhilarating batting from Scott Dunn (80), Tom Jones (44) and Karl Hancox as Trentside scored freely and enjoyed a flurry of boundaries as they pushed their total to an impressive 253-7.
James Cokayne and Ryan North grabbed a wicket each but Trentside were pleased with their total.
When Shipley batted, they made a bad start, losing wickets to get runs on the board but then Martinus Gouws and Cokayne enjoyed a stand worth 100, with the former hitting a splendid 89 and Cokayne a sound 50, an excellent recovery.
Trentside managed to claim eight of Shipley’s wickets with Hancox enjoying a good haul of 4-29 but Shipley held firm on 180-8 to draw the match.
Trentside claimed 19 points to Shipley’s nine.
Shipley Hall’s second XI faced Stanton-by-Dale in Division Seven North but despite hitting a good total could only make do with a winning draw.
Shipley batted first with Robert Cokayne and Andrew Bowley putting on a good opening stand of 42 before Cokayne was out LBW.
Enter Kevin Farnsworth, who proceeded to strike an outstanding unbeaten 102 to help his side to an eventual total of 222-5, Bowley ending with 37 and James Turner.
Aditi Babla took 3-55 for Stanton.
The visitors rarely looked likely to threaten Shipley Hall’s total but did manage to hold on with just a wicket to spare.
Their 128-9 saw Adam Gilbert top score with 29, Shipley’s wickets shared between six of their seven bowlers.