by Jim Sumner
THE local ‘derby’ between Nutbrook and Shipley - usually a keenly-contested affair - was affected by rain and had to be reduced to 39 overs for each team.
Nutbrook won the toss and, as expected, asked Shipley to bat first on a wicket that was quite damp.
In no time at all, openers Mark Starr and Stef Gamble lost their wickets with only 19 on the board and with the score on 23, Rowan Jobling was stumped by Andy Farmer to give Matthew Noon his second wicket.
But a stand of almost 50 from Ricci Csomor (28) and Danny Hanson (44) saw Shipley reach respectability, albeit not for long.
Tom Starr fell for one to Adam Hutchinson and Ryan North fell to the same bowler for 11 and Shipley were once again in trouble at 91-6.
Terry Gainey (39 not out) and Danny Haddon then joined in a 50-run partnership and led their team to a fairly respectable 193-7 off their allotted overs.
Hutchinson took 3 for 30 with Kevin Flewitt and Michael Chambers adding a wicket each.
When Nutbrook batted they lost two early wickets, Ben Eaton and Chambers to Hanson and Tom Starr.
After that it was a one man show as Richard Henshaw came to the crease.
In a splendid innings of 91 not out, which included nine fours and two sixes, he led the charge for victory.
He was well supported by Adam Lever who hit 29 and Steven Sanderson who added a useful 31 and it was on the first ball of the penultimate over that Nutbrook passed Shipley’s total to record a deserved win and 22 points in the process.