by Jim Sumner
VETERAN captain Mark Starr scored a stunning century as Shipley Hall claimed a winning draw at Aston-on-Trent on Saturday.
Starr’s innings included 13 fours and two sixes as he batted for most of the innings, helping his side to a highly-respectable total of 208-7 and maximum batting points.
He was well supported by Danny Hanson and James Cokayne, each of them hitting 22, and Ricci Csomor contributed a useful 16.
Aston used six different bowlers with Abdul Rehman taking 2 for 36 and Sajid Hussain 3 for 23.
When Aston started their innings they were undanted at having to score over 200 and steadily acquired runs to put on 44 before losing their first wicket with Omar Yussean going to a sound half-century before he was run out.
Two more wickets fell at the same score, on 83, and the batsmen lost their momentum for a while.
Nasir Khan scored a useful 35 before being out lbw to a delivery from Ryan North, and Abdula Habib went for a duck giving Danny Haddon his third wicket.
But Fahd Shabbir retrieved the situation for Aston, scoring a patient 41 before being bowled by Hanson who then took another wicket when he had Rehman caught by Martin Starr for 19.
Cokayne and North then took a wicket each as the game went into the final stages.
The excitement mounted as Aston reached the 200 mark, needing only a few runs for victory with eight of their wickets down.
Needing just four runs to win in the last over, they lost their ninth wicket on the last ball and the match finished with Shipley gaining a winning draw and 17 points to Aston’s 11.
Hanson took 2 for 30, Haddon 3 for 39, North 2 for 53 and Cokayne 1 for 38.