Shipston seconds in victory

First published in Sport

SHIPSTON-on-Stour seconds staged one of two Cotswold Hills League matches to be completed and were rewarded with a five-wicket win.

They claimed the Division Two home fixture against Rowington courtesy of a faster scoring rate after scoring 120-5 in reply to 145-7.

Skipper Tom Cox won an important toss and asked the visitors to bat first.

Richard Bryan troubled both openers before bagging a wicket in the 11th over with the score on 25.

Ben Cox and Roger Wickson kept to a tight line and the latter pegged Rowington back to 31-2.

Opener Matt Page and Paul Vickerstaff put on 42 runs for the third wicket before Wickson bowled the former for 50.

Wickson claimed an lbw to leave Rowington in trouble on 73-4 in the 27th over. Tom Jefferson (2) was run out in a mix-up and Scott Rogers (14) holed out off Neil Harper.

Vickerstaff departed for 57 as Rowington ended their 45 overs. Wickson took 3-21 from 10 tight overs, Harper picked up 2-8 and Bryan 1-37.

The reduced target was 136 from 42 overs. Alex Welsby and Harper opened but were forced into a more careful approach.

Harper fell for a patient 33 in the 21st over, caught off a leading edge having put on 60 for the first wicket.

Sam Hince (0) was lbw and Ben Cox (4) followed as Shipston slumped to 71-3.

Tom Cox and Welsby hurried the innings along only for the players to be forced off by heavy rain.

Shipston were six runs behind the required rate but play resumed and the revised target was 120.

They won the game in the penultimate over, despite the loss of Welsby (40) and Bryan (4) along the way.

Tom Cox led his side home with an excellent 32 not out.

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