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Cokayne stars for Shipley

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: September 03, 2014

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A JAMES Cokayne-inspired Shipley Hall picked up a large winning draw against Brailsford in Division Three of the Derbyshire County League.

Cokayne first led his side to 196-6 with 100 from 143 balls and then bowled 10 overs for a miserly 21 runs, taking one wicket.

Shipley struggled early on and slumped to 26-4 after Johan Van Niekerk took a wicket and Matt Dowling claimed three victims.

But good batting from Cokayne and Mark Starr who took the score to 112 before Starr was caught for 29.

On a difficult pitch, Cokayne was out caught in the final over off Callum Fisher, who claimed two victims, but Shipley were in a strong position at halfway.

Brailsford started poorly as Alex Park was out for four and Dan Bould for seven with the score on 59.

Dowling was then trapped lbw by Cokayne for 45 and Brailsford were further in trouble at 80-4 when Kevin Glover was caught at cover.

Duncan Player dug in for 19 and Scott Matthews 14 but, ultimately, the run chase never got going.

Callum Fisher finished 15 not out as the innings closed on 138-8, which represented a disappointing day.

Other results meant Brailsford remain in mid-table but points are needed on the final weekend to ensure survival.

BRAILSFORD seconds enjoyed a strong weekend, with a successful run chase on Saturday and a winning draw on Sunday.

Saturday saw them restrict Winshill to 198-4 from 46 overs in Division 7S before Kevin Bould made 49, David Derbyshire 49 and Chris Clarke 50 not out as they reached their target with more than two overs to spare.

On Sunday, they made an impressive 252-7, with James Dakin making 43 early on before captain Michael Taylor hit 82 and Phillip Derbyshire 63 to guide the team to a strong position.

Despite a good start by visitors Hartshorne, who raced to 130 without loss, the introduction of Tom Cresswell slowed the run rate through taking wickets.

He claimed 4-52 and along with Steve Briggs (3-52) nearly achieved victory, with Hartshorne closing on 206- 9.

This should ensure Brailsford a mid-table finish.

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