Shipley denied a win by the rain

Shipley Hall batsman Tom Starr deals with a delivery against Tutbury in the bright sunshine on Saturday, but the rain would soon come to wash away any hopes of the hosts winning the match.
Shipley Hall batsman Tom Starr deals with a delivery against Tutbury in the bright sunshine on Saturday, but the rain would soon come to wash away any hopes of the hosts winning the match.

Shipley Hall put in another good performance on Saturday as they hosted Tutbury - but rain ultimately denied them an outright result.

Having won the toss, Shipley asked Tutbury to bat first and it was soon apparent the rain would play an important part in the proceedings sooner or later.

However, 43 overs were able to be bowled in Tutbury’s innings as the Shipley bowlers stuck to their task well, and with Scott Parkin taking 3 for 29 in an excellent spell and Danny Haddon giving great support with 3 for 39, they restricted Tutbury to 160-8.

Tom Starr and Graham Farnsworth also chipped in with a wicket apiece.

Edwards hit a brisk 35 for Tutbury and gained support from Ellington (22) and Wesson (19) but there was nobody who could play an innings of authority so Shipley went in at tea quietly confident the target was attainable.

As Shipley started their innings, ominous rain clouds interrupted play from time to time, but this didn’t prevent Mark Starr from attacking the bowling whenever possible.

Although losing Terry Gainey (11) and James Grainger without scoring, Starr and Simon Torr took the score past the hundred mark with only two wickets down.

But when only requiring 58 runs to win, Starr (42) and Torr (36) were denied as the rain returned for good and the game was abandoned, Shipley taking 11 points to Tutbury’s ten.