DUFFIELD’S Peter Jenkins struck an unbeaten century as his team secured a seven-wicket win at home to Shipley Hall on Saturday.
The visitors batted first and soon showed their intent as they went for early runs.
They lost Mark Starr with the score on 23 but Stef Gamble (49) and Rowan Jobling (59) enjoyed a century stand and helped put their team in a strong position.
James Cokayne came in and blasted 74 not out and at 220 for 5, with six overs still to go, it looked as if Shipley were set for a mammoth score.
However, in attempting to push the score along quickly, Shipley lost four wickets for a mere four runs and this proved to be a decisive factor in the result of the match.
Although Shipley reached a reasonable total of 255 for 8 off their allotted overs on a beautiful batting track, the target was more than within reach if the Duffield batsmen set about the bowling.
A sparkling innings of 117 by opener Jenkins, supported by Jack Clark, saw them well on their way. Thomas Roe then hit a lusty 45, Chris Sheldon was 20 not out and it was on the first ball of the last over that Duffield overtook Shipley’s total with only three wickets down.
Duffield’s Stewart Barlow emerged with 3 for 56 and Wazeem Fazal 4 for 71, while for Shipley Danny Haddon took 2 for 71 and Cokayne 1 for 74.