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Brailsford climb to third

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: June 18, 2014

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BRAILSFORD climbed to third in County League Divsion Three, leapfrogging opponents Shipley Hall with a comprehensive victory.

They owed much to captain Matt Dowling, who hit his second century of the season and scored exactly half of his side's 204-9.

Shipley won the toss and chose to bowl, which looked a good decision after seven overs when the score was 7-1, with nothing off the bat and Adam Randall back in the pavilion.

However Dowling and Dan Bould successfully rebuilt, taking the score to 132 by the 28th over, when Bould was out for 32.

It should have been the platform for a big score but, while Dowling continued to score freely and reached his century in the 34th over, wickets tumbled at the other end.

Dowling himself went for 102, while Duncan Player and Tom Gadsby were both out cheaply.

Shipley's James Cokayne had done well to peg Brailsford back and finished with 6-54 from 12 overs.

While Brailsford were disappointed not to have more on the board, they soon proved that they had enough.

Early wickets for Player and Johan Van Niekerk had Shipley on the back foot at 44-4.

Shyam Manek, at number seven, scored 45 but wickets continued to tumble.

Van Niekerk finished with 3-33, Steve Fisher had 2-27 and veteran spinner Ian Clarke took the last three wickets at a cost of eight runs to the visitors all out for 137.

It was not such a successful day for Brailsford seconds, who were bowled out for 77 with only Kev Bould (29) offering any resistance.

Winshill replied with a comfortable 78-4.

The thirds made 182-7 at Rosehill (David Derbyshire 47 not out) but the home side won with 183-7.

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