Shipley Hall claimed a winning draw from an entertaining clash with local rivals Heanor Town on Saturday.
Heanor won the toss and asked Shipley to bat first - a good decision with heavy showers likely on a damp, grey day.
Shipley’s openers, James Parkin and Mark Starr, had to be very circumspect and put on only 13 in the first ten overs in difficult conditions.
Parkin was bowled for six and Starr hit 17 before losing his wicket. James Cokayne was then out for four but Rob Cokayne (18) and Martinus Gouws made an impressive stand of 49 to put Shipley on the road to recovery.
Gouws made a splendid 58, 50 of them coming in 39 minutes, before Tom Starr arrived and hit 50 in 47 balls before being out for 61 with the penultimate ball of the innings - Shipley ending on 222-9.
Kevin Barber was the pick of the bowlers, taking 4-64.
When Heanor batted, Trevor Hessey (14) and Josh Brear (29) gave them a sound start but they slumped to 100-4 as Shipley’s bowlers began to dominate.
At 126-7 Heanor decided to ‘shut up shop’ and play for a draw, something they comfortably achieved with their score on 134-8 at the end.
James Parkin took 2-19, Gouws 2-28 and James Cokayne 4-32.
Shipley gained 19 points to Heanor’s eight.