By Jim Sumner
Shipley Hall entertained Brailsford and Ednaston on Saturday and a quick glance at the scorebook following a narrow defeat shows quite clearly what was their downfall.
The visitors won the toss and decided to bat, an obvious choice in the conditions, but the total number of runs scored by their batsmen was a less-than-average 133.
However, Shipley’s cause was not helped by their over-generosity in giving away 49 ‘extras’, many of them wides and no-balls, which boosted the opposition’s total to 182 all out.
Adam Randall enjoyed a sound innings of 50 and was supported by Kevin Glover (20), Stuart Edge (19) and Kevin Bould (22), but in the end the ‘Mr Extras’ surpassed them all.
Matt Murfin took 4 for 54, Paul Aldred 4 for 49 and James Cokayne 1 for 7 and at that stage Shipley felt they could surpass the opposition’s total.
But the home side started their innings badly, losing opener Mark Starr second ball, but then Ryan Buckley and Martinus Gouws put on 50 before Buckley was LBW to Edge.
Two wickets then fell in quick succession with Graham Cope catching Gouws for a useful 26.
James Cokayne came in and steadied the ship with a fine innings of 63 off 101 balls, including eight fours.
However, other wickets had been falling around him and the Brailsford & Ednaston bowlers Duncan Player (3 for 56), Stuart Edge (3 for 43), Steve Fisher (3 for 26) and Ian Clarke (1 for 20) stuck to their task, and Cokayne himself was eventually well caught by Daniel Bould off Fisher’s bowling with Shipley just seven runs short of their target.
That meant Shipley had lost a game which they could quite easily have won were it not for their wastefulness in terms of giving away so many extras.
They ended up with nine points for their efforts, with Brailsford taking 27.