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Walton climb Division Three table after win over Shipley

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 04, 2014

Walton Cricket Club - Walton v Spondon..Jim Blackwell

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WALTON’S Dan Russell (1-15) grabbed an early wicket at Shipley Hall and the hosts never properly recovered as the visitors went on to win the Division Three clash by four wickets.

James Cokayne (33) did his best to stem the tide but Ed Chapman (4-24) and James Blackwell (3-25) (pictured left) dominated and Shipley were hustled out for only 92 in 36.2 overs.

There were four catches behind the stumps for Dave Preston.

After the break, David Farnsworth (4-22) caused problems but Walton were not to be denied and Preston (22no) shone once more to guide his side home in only the 32nd over.

Walton now sit third in the table, only seven points behind leaders Wirksworth & Middleton but with a game in hand.

A COMBINATION of Jamie Goodwin (3-38), Mark Johnson (2-16) and Leon Smith (2-14) put Lullington Park 2nds in command against Swarkestone 2nds, who were dismissed for a disappointing 94 in 36.4 overs.

It would have been worse for Swarkestone but for Balraj Johal (37) who single-handedly improved the innings from a dire 69-9.

Lullington’s win after the break was set up by openers Goodwin (32) (pictured right) and Tom Oliver (24), a half-century stand making victory a foregone conclusion.

Two late wickets proved nothing more than consolation for the visitors as Lullington romped home by seven wickets with almost 30 overs remaining.

A LOW-SCORING affair at Marston Lane End ended in a draw with visitors Derby Congs claiming the lion’s share of the points.

Hilton’s bowlers stuck to their task but runs from Mahroof Hussain (31) and Mohammed Waseem (50) ultimately proved crucial.

A final Congs total of 160-8 proved too good for Hilton who never really got to grips with Amarjit Singh (5-16) in reply and stuttered to 115-7.

The outcome sees Hilton slip to 10th place but they have a margin to 11th-placed Clowne Town of 18 points.

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