by Jim Sumner
James Cokayne proved the key for Shipley Hall on South Wingfield as impressive displays with bat and ball aided his side’s victory over South Wingfield.
Cokayne hit a brisk 58 and then proceeded to demolish the South Wingfield middle order, taking three wickets for a meagre nine runs which ultimately gained his side 27 vital points.
Shipley were put in to bat by the opposition and it looked a good ploy when both Mark and Tom Starr were out with only eight on the board.
However, a splended century stand between Rowan Jobling (39) and Cokayne saw Shipley in the driving seat again and with Ricci Csomor adding a useful 23, they looked set for a good score.
With 12 overs left, Shipley were 128-6 and still needed 70 runs to get the magic number 200 to earn the full batting points.
Strong hitting by Danny Haddon (22 not out) and Ryan North (13) saw Shipley reach 198-9 when the innings closed, thereby gaining four of the batting points available.
For the visitors, Adam Young took 3 for 34 and Mark Langford 3 for 56, with Richard Briggs’ 2 for 55 and Gary Coxhead’s 1 for 47 accounting for the other wickets.
When South Wingfield batted, Tom Starr took a quick wicket and Danny Hanson added another with the score on 40.
After that, wickets fell at regular intervals with North and Haddon getting one each as the Shipley bowlers continued to tighten their grip on the game.
It was then that Cokayne had his ‘purple patch’, dismissing the three middle order batsmen for nine runs before Hanson took the last three wickets in succession to record an impressive 4 for 54.
South Wingfield were all out for 135 enabling Shipley to record their first victory of the season.