Shipley Hall CC fall to heavy defeat

Nutbrook emerged victorious from a very one-sided local derby on Saturday as they overcame Shipley Hall by nine wickets.

Heavy overnight rain affected the wicket and the outfield but after it was decided the match would go ahead, Nutbrook’s Andy Farmer won the toss and put Shipley into bat.

Mark Starr, the Shipley opener, was in good form and hit an attractive 36 supported by Simon Torr (11), and with the score approaching 50 for the loss of just one wicket Shipley seemed in a reasonable position.

But Nutbrook’s Kevin Flewitt and Tom Bentley then took centre stage, as together they decimated the remainder of the order to send Shipley from 45-1 to 77 all out, returning joint figures of 9 for 32 from 16.1 overs.

Flewitt took 5 for 12 and Bentley 4 for 20.

Steve Sanderson and Lewis Kirk opened up in Nutbrook’s reply and although cautious for an over or two, they then began to latch onto anything loose to take to score to 55 before Kirk was out LBW to Danny Haddon for 20.

That brought Rich Henshaw to the crease and although it took him three balls to get off the mark, two huge sixes got things moving and inspired Sanderson to smash two big maximums of his own that saw him end 47 not out and bring an end to the misery for Shipley’s bowlers - Henshaw ending 13 not out alongside him.