Ambergate crushed by Shipley Hall

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Shipley Hall were at their best as they hosted Ambergate on Saturday and romped to an eight-wicket victory.

Excellent bowling supported by first class fielding and catching saw them dismiss the visitors for just 116 runs - a target the Shipley batsmen comfortably passed in just 23 overs.

Ambergate batted first and openers Wesley Thomas and Tom Holmes put on 43 for the first wicket, but had little inkling of what was to come.

A succession of quick wickets followed as Danny Haddon enjoyed a superb spell in his 14-over stint, taking 5 for 31, and David Farnsworth 3 for 16.

The bowlers were given great support in the field as seven catches aided the cause.

A smart stumping by Martin Starr and a run out accounted for the two remaining batsmen, with Scott Parkin also claiming a wicket.

When Shipley batted Mark Starr and Terry Gainey immediately took control and made batting look easy.

Starr hit a brisk 38 and Gainey a vigorous 48 and when the first wicket fell on 91, Shipley were already in sight of victory.

It was a mere formality when Danny Hanson (14 not out) and Simon Torr (10 not out) hit a flurry of fours and sixes to give Shipley victory by eight wickets and 22 very useful league points.