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Shipston slide to fourth after loss
2:20pm Sunday 25th August 2013 in Sport
SHIPSTON-on-Stour missed the chance to make up ground on the John Shepherd Cotswold Hills Cricket League Premier Division leaders.
The London Road side lost by 30 runs at Earlswood after being dismissed for 134 in reply to 164.
With rain anticipated and a seamer-friendly pitch, Shipston skipper Paul Cross fielded first after winning the toss.
Reduced to 11-2, Earlswood’s Craig Everett blasted his first delivery out of the ground and a fruitless search resulted in an old ball being used for the rest of the innings.
The swing and seam enjoyed by David Saker (4-30) and Marcus Ireland was less evident as Tariq Mohammed and Everitt halted the slide.
Matthew Corby (3-24) removed Everitt (18) and Tariq (46) in a mini-collapse to 104-6 but Marvin Rice (15) and Dave Smith (18 not out) helped Earlswood to 164.
Opener Corby (9) saw the ball trickle onto his stumps before Jon Walker (26) and Julian Morris progressed to 54 in 15 overs.
But the wickets tumbled with Walker departing before Jack Murphy (2) and Morris (36) were unlucky to be adjudged lbw.
Only Cross (11) and Ireland (10) then reached double figures as Shipston slipped from second to fourth in the table.
The fifth-from-bottom seconds moved further away from the Division Three relegation zone with a 36-run win over Stanway.
Shipston’s bowlers defended a below-par 147 all out by dismissing their visitors for 111. The hosts, asked to bat first, reached 69-1 after 14 overs through Gary Betteridge (19), Nick Hibberd (28) and Neil Harper (29).
However, Shipston slumped to 96-6 due to Nick Saunders (3-45) and Andy O’Brien (5-19).
The innings was rescued by Matthew Pratt (16), Marcus Davies (15) and Joe Godson (14no).
Stanway’s reply started slowly with Godson and Hibberd bowling tightly.
Pratt produced a run out and the key wicket of Pete Green (23) followed through Godson.
O’Brien (16) followed lbw to Roger Wickson (3-23) and Stanway scored three runs and lost three wickets in 10 overs, including seven successive maidens.
Pratt cleaned up with 4-14.
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