Poor batting denies Shipley chance of shock

by Jim Sumner

Despite bowling title-chasing Ambergate out for a mere 143 runs, the Shipley Hall batsmen were unable to capitalise and slumped to a disappointing defeat as they were shot out for just 90.

Skipper Ryan North won the toss for Shipley and opted to give Ambergate the chance to bat.

After only four overs the hosts were 31-0,, but when the spinners came on the Ambergate batsmen were soon tied down and began to lose wickets. North spearheaded the bowling attack and in an excellent spell, took 5-37.

He was well supported by Graham Farnsworth (1-34), James Cokayne (2-21) and Tom Starr (1-10).

For Ambergate, Tom Holmes hit a useful 26, Rob Heath 23 and Whiteley 20 but no batsmen were able to make significant scores and they were all out for 143.

In reply, Shipley made a dismal start as they slumped to 26-4 with Ball taking three of the wickets.

James Cokayne (8) and John Whittaker (16) then batted painstakingly and defended their wicket for a long time, but Michael Ball (5-28), Luke Wallace (3-14), Ahmed (1-11) and Nightingale (1-12) continued to bowl well and Shipley were all out for 90.

Out of these, the batsmen had scored only 63 with 27 extras. Martin Starr remained unbeaten on 12 but Shipley once again paid the penalty of poor batting.