SHIPSTON-on-Stour and Exhall & Wixford are the early pacesetters in the Cotswold Hills Cricket League Premier Division.

While Exhall & Wixford thrashed Leamington Thirds by 161 runs on Saturday, Shipston laid down a statement of intent with an eight-wicket crushing of Wellesbourne at London Road.

Their bowlers shone in dismissing the visitors for just 87 before the batsmen cantered home on 88-2 in 19.5 overs.

Matt Corby won the toss and made good use of the new ball, having Gary Maynard caught at point by Harry Dube for a duck.

Corby (1-12) and Marcus Ireland (0-12) conceded only 22 runs from the first 12 overs.

Nick Gabbett and Dave Barnett (both 10) were dismissed by Ben Cox swiftly before Harry Jackman (6) was deceived by a slower ball from Luke Canning (1-22), who claimed his only victim. J Goden (11) picked out Jack Murphy in the deep off Justin Saker, taking the score to 49-5.

Saker added the wickets of Jamie Maynard (15) and C Cook (6) to his tally, while Cox trapped J Spence (2) in front of the stumps.

Cox and Saker both recorded 3-14 from ten overs.

Dube (1-8) picked up the final two wickets, bowling T Butcher (8) and running out Joe Jordan (0) in the 43rd over with sharp fielding off his own bowling.

Openers Corby and Julian Morris produced a first-wicket stand of 50 from 12 overs to put Shipston firmly in control.

Corby (21) hit Maynard (1-16) to mid-on and Jackman (1-22) had Murphy (5) caught at short mid-wicket to put Shipston on 58-2.

But Saker (13 not out) and Morris (41no) finished the game with a 30-run partnership in just four overs.

Meanwhile, Broadway slump-ed to 74 all out in a 211-run home thrashing by Earlswood, while Winchcombe won by 72 runs at Tanworth and Camp Hill in Division One.

Chipping Campden are second in Division Two after powering to an eight-wicket success at Leek Wootton.

Ebrington impressed with an 89-run triumph at The Lenches, but Moreton-in-Marsh fell by 37 runs at home to Temple Grafton.

Dumbleton stormed to a 74-run home win over Woodmancote in the West of England Premier League Gloucester Division.

But Bourton Vale fell to an 80-run defeat against Painswick, despite the batting efforts of Jack Boone (43) and Ryan Newhook (40).