SHIPSTON-on-Stour were skittled for 55 as they suffered their first Cotswold Hills League Premier Division defeat of the season.

They lost by 78 runs at Bearley after opting to bowl first and dismissing their hosts for 133.

Tight opening spells from Jon Walker and Marcus Ireland made runs hard to come by.

Skipper Lee Ross (10) was caught by Jack Murphy off Walker before 49 was added for the second wicket.

Wicketkeeper Craig Robins took the first of his three catches off Matt Corby and the last ball of Dave Murphy’s 10-over spell also produced a key wicket.

Bearley struggled against Phil Hall (2-21) and Corby (5- 28) with his first five-wicket league haul.

In reply, confident Shipston had not accounted for quick Kiwi Jergen Anderson (6-11).

Three dismissals in a devastating eighth over reduced Shipston to 21-4 and only Jack Murphy (17) achieved double figures.

He was caught-and-bowled and they were dismissed in the 26th over.

Shipston’s seconds lost by 57 runs to Catherine de Barnes in Division Two after being bowled out for 131.

Catney scored 188-6 from their 45 overs after improved Shipston fielding.

Skipper Tom Cox inserted the visitors and Richard Bryan and Joe Godson only conceded 17 runs off the first eight overs before openers James Mason and Luke Hanlon got on top.

Mason perished lbw to Pyne for 20 before Younas and Hanlon took Catney past 100 in the 32nd over.

Wickets fell as they looked to up the run-rate, including Younas (27) and Conway Mace (18), but Hanlon carried his bat for 99 not out.

Neil Harper picked up 3-44 and Ben Cox 2-42.

In reply, Harper (6) edged to second slip but Sam Hince and Ben Cox kept the scoreboard ticking over. At 42-1 from 12 overs, Hince (10) was dismissed and Ben Cox (22) bowled to make it 42-3.

Tom Cox (24) and Bryan (31) settled the nerves but both fell and Wickson’s lusty blows kept Shipston ahead of the rate before he was run out for 17.

The innings was wrapped up in 37 overs.