Six wickets for Parkin in draw

Shipley Hall CC 1sts began their Derbyshire County Cricket League Division Three season on Saturday with a game at home to Lullington Park.

After winning the toss, Shipley asked the visitors to bat, which seemed a good ploy when Matt Murfin had opener Goodwin LBW with only three runs on the board.

However, Oliver and Caron then took the score to 133 before another wicket fell, giving Lullington the perfect platform to launch an assault on the Shipley bowlers.

Chapman hit a brave 25 but it was then that James Parkin cut a swathe through the Lullington batting as the batsmen went for quick runs.

He was well supported by his fielders, who caught five of the wickets that fell.

Murfin made a good contribution, taking 2-46 with James Parkin earning 6-41 off his seven overs during a very lively period of the game.

Oliver played a fine innings of 70 before falling victim to Parkin and Caron hit a splendid 56 but the rest of the batsmen failed to make an impression and succumbed to the wiles of Parkin.

Lullington reached 210-8 off their 46 overs, a very useful total, especially in this first match of the season.

Some of the Shipley bowling was rather slipshod and a total of 36 extras indicated this, with 26 of them wides.

When Shipley batted, they suffered a severe setback early on when Mark Starr was LBW to Goodwin for a duck, but then Neil Parkin (22) and Gregg shared a good stand until Goodwin struck again, claiming the wickets of North and Bowley.

Howeever, Gregg continued with his patient innings and provided Shipley with a boost as he reached his 50, an excellent contribution.

He was eventually caught by Naukhez for 58, off the bowling of Goodwin.

By now, Shipley were well behind the clock and had little chance of victory. They finished on 137-7 with Lullington taking the lion’s share of the points, 18 to Shipley Park’s eight.