by Jim Sumner
DANNY Hanson powered his way to an unbeaten century as Shipley Hall and Ambergate produced a high-scoring encounter on Saturday.
Hanson’s innings included 14 fours and two sixes as he ensured Shipley took maximum batting points, and he also took three useful wickets when his side were in the field.
Hosts Ambergate batted first and lost two early wickets to Tom Starr and Hanson, but then recovered as Jonathan Heath and Wesley Thomas put bat to ball and added 70 in quick time before Heath was run out for a useful 47.
Thomas continued his fine innings before being caught by Ryan North off Ricci Csomor for an excellent 80, and Danny Haddon bowled the incoming batsman, Sam Beveridge, for a duck.
However, this was the beginning of the ‘fireworks’.
David Whiteley started to go for the runs and when Muhammed Adnan came in he made a blistering attack on the Shipley bowling with a non-stop barrage of sixes and fours, hitting 45 not out in the space of 17 balls - an incredible innings.
Whiteley hit a useful 51 before being lbw to Hanson as 64 runs were scored in the last five overs.
The score of 262 for 7 reflected how much the batsmen were in charge and Shipley knew they had a lot to do when they batted.
Hanson took 3 for 55, Tom Starr 1 for 26 and Haddon 1 for 54.
When Shipley started their innings, Mark and Tom Starr put on 35 before the latter was lbw to Shazad Ahmed for 16, and on 59 Mark Starr suffered the same fate as he departed lbw to Phil Mason.
Hanson then came in and set about retrieving the situation which he did in no uncertain manner.
He defended well when he knew he had to, but also attacked whenever possible.
Wickets continued to fall at the other end and Shipley reached 187 for 8.
Another wicket at this time would have seen Shipley in real trouble, but Scott Parkin came to the crease determined to hold out.
His patient, stubborn innings gave Hanson great support and in the last over Hanson completed his century to see Shipley gain a satisfactory draw and 11 points.
For Ambergate, Thomas took 3 for 48, Ahmed 2 for 27, with Mason, Ball and Wallace each taking a wicket.
Shipley travel to high-flying Cutthorpe this weekend.