Walton on Trent and Shipley Park provided plenty of entertainment on Saturday in their DCCL Division Three fixture.
Walton won the toss and decided to field, giving Shipley the chance to make good use of a very sound batting track - in fact a batsman’s paradise.
Shipley accepted the challenge, and despite losing Neil Parkin without scoring, Rob Cokayne (32) and Ryan North (24) shared in a stand of 48.
James Cokayne then came in at number four and hit a scintillating 88 before being caught by Easter off the bowling of Oomer.
Steve Cokayne then carried on the good work with a useful 22 and Tom Starr hit some lusty blows in his sparkling 39.
Shipley finished on 245-8, a great accomplishment on their part and with a few useful bonus points in the bag.
Walton’s opening bowler Russell took 5-65 in 13 overs, a very creditable performance.
Shipley then set about the task of claiming the wickets of the Walton batsmen and restricting their run rate at the same time.
They managed to get five wickets down for 85 runs but then a magnificent stand between Edward Chapman (101) and Javed Oomer (42) saw Walton reach 217 with just one over to go.
It was then that Matt Murfin bowled again and enjoyed an amazing spell. He took four wickets in that last over and Walton slumped to 217-9, very near to defeat.
Shipley finished with a winning draw and 18 points to Walton’s 12. Murfin’s analysis was 4-68. All four wickets came in that last over. Tom Starr took 3-44 and James Parkin 2-73.
Cricket’s a funny old game isn’t it? That’s why we love it!