Shipley Hall remain near the top of Division Three after just beating the clock to earn a winning draw at Hilton on Saturday, writes Jim Sumner.
The match was delayed due to rain, and when the action did get underway, Shipley batted first.
The first three batsmen, Mark Starr (51), Neil Parkin (48) and Martinus Gouws (48) all played well to give an excellent foundation, with Gouws hitting seven fours and a six and Starr continuing his feast of runs.
Parkin was close to his half-century when he had to retire hurt on 48.
With 19 extras and a few more runs from the later batsmen, Shipley reached 196-7 from their 30 over allocation.For Hilton, Joe Webb took 3-65. .
The Shipley bowlers turned the screw and, in a superb spell of bowling, Ryan North (3-32) and Gouws (3-29) had Hilton in real trouble.
The big danger for Shipley was whether they could complete their 30 overs in the time allowed.
They just about did it, starting their final over with just one minute to go. This meant a winning draw, earning 18 points to Hilton’s four.