Shipley Hall fell to a four-wicket defeat at home Walton-on-Trent on Saturday.
The incessant rain over the previous few days proved to be a bonanza for all of the bowlers and especially for the team which won the toss and asked the opposition to bat first. This is exactly what happened at Shipley when the opposition called it right and put Shipley in.
All the batsmen had problems with the unpredictable wicket and Mark Starr, Richard Gregg and Neil Parkin fell quickly. When Andrew Bowley was then run out, Shipley had lost four wickets for a mere 26 runs.
It was then that James Cokayne (33) and Tom Starr (18) enjoyed a useful stand to improve Shipley’s fortunes but other wickets continued to fall at regular intervals. Matt Murfin scored ten but there was a succession of ducks.
With the help of 16 extras, Shipley scrambled to 92 all out, their lowest score of the season so far.
When Walton batted, they too found difficulty with the unpredictability of the wicket.
David Farnsworth spear-headed the Shipley attack and took 4-22 runs, a very good contribution. Tom Starr and Murfin each took one and with the score on 61-6 it seemed as if Shipley might even win the game.
However, Phil Preston (22 not out) and Eddie Sloane (17 not out) saw Walton pass the Shipley total and claim 22 points to Shipley’s three.