Shipley take 27 points from win

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Shipley Hall put in a fine display on Saturday to gain the full 27 points at Swarkestone in Division Three of the DCCL.

They often had to graft in order to achieve their victory. Batsmen on both sides had difficulty on the well-grassed wicket with the ball coming on to the bat quite slowly.

Neil Parkin was out for a duck but seasoned campaigner Mark Starr played quite circumspectly for a while until he mastered the conditions, but then enjoyed a flurry of fours and sixes as he raced to a belligerent 41.

He was joined by Richard Gregg, who carried on the good work from last week and scored 58 not out in a splendid, patient innings.

Eoin Bowley (10) and James Cokayne (12) gave him good support and with 18 extras, Shipley Hall were able to post 153-5, a respectable figure in the circumstances.

When Swarkestone batted, they too found it difficult to amass any runs and were pegged back by accurate bowling from Matt Murfin and veteran Graham Farnsworth, who has not lost any of his guile and craft.

Murfin took 3-25 in his 11-over spell and Farnsworth took 2-34 off his full 14 overs, with both bowlers performing very well.

James Cokayne took a useful couple of wickets for a mere ten runs, James Parkin 2-7 and Tom Starr 1-8.

Murfin took the last two wickets with successive balls so he can look forward to his first over next match when he has the chance to register a hat-trick. Swarkestone were all out for 99.