by Jim Sumner
A FINE performance with bat and ball from James Cokayne wasn’t enough as Shipley Hall fell to defeat at Belper Meadows on Saturday.
Cokayne scored 73 in Shipley’s innings before recording a five-wicket haul in his role as bowler, but Shipley couldn’t bowl out their opponents as Meadows achieved a hard-earned victory.
Belper won the toss and asked Shipley to bat first.
They lost a wicket in the fourth over, that of skipper Ryan North, but then Mark Starr played a sound innings of 40, supported by young Tom Starr on 16, and the Shipley score approached respectability.
Cokayne then came to the wicket and in his inimitable style, using a mixture of controlled aggression and patient defending, helped take the score to 172 for 5.
Rowan Jobling scored a useful 19 before being run out, but there was nobody else who could give additional support and Shipley closed their innings on 189-7, a few runs short of what they had aimed for.
For Belper, Joe Wozniczka-Wells took 3 for 52, Rob Borland 1 for 35 and Matthew Jones 1 for 26.
When Belper batted, an opening stand of 48 between Adrian Marsh and Joe Slater gave them a very good start, and then Borland added a useful 32, but by now Cokayne and Danny Haddon were getting among the wickets.
Richard Marsh hit a brisk 38 before being lbw to Cokayne and with the score at 138 for 6 it seemed that either side could claim victory.
It was then that Mike Cox came in to play a captain’s innings, hitting a match-winning 37 not out with a fair sprinkling of boundaries, and it was in the penultimate over that Belper passed the Shipley total and claimed victory.
Cokayne finished with figures of 5 for 46, Haddon 2 for 40 and North 1 for 35.