Test stars beaten by Shipston side

First published in Sport

SHIPSTON-on-Stour Cricket Club beat a President’s XI containing England star Tim Bresnan by 13 runs.

They triumphed over a side also featuring national coaches Andy Flower and David Saker as well as former Test player Mike Selvey. An intrepid band of volunteers made the ground playable for long-time president John Bradley’s big day.

The juniors’ award presentations went ahead as the England aces, including Jonathan Trott who was unable to play, posed for pictures and signed autographs.

A 30-overs-per-side game was agreed and, on winning the toss, Saker opted to field and Jack Murphy faced Bresnan.

Having scored three runs, he mistimed a drive and was caught by club chairman Roger Wickson at cover.

Matt Corby (59) took full advantage of Bresnan being rested by racing to a quick halfcentury that included seven sixes before he was given out lbw. Julian Morris and Marcus Ireland both made 20 with the former cutting and driving Bresnan for several fours but the youngster was out next ball.

Gary Betteridge scored a handy 18, while Phil Hall added 16 and Matthew Pratt 12. There were two wickets each for Bresnan, Wickson, M Holmes and Josh Selvey.

Chasing 169 for victory, Flower opened the innings with D Hartley and showed he still has class by dominating a 50-run opening stand in just nine overs. Dave Murphy slowed the run-chase with four overs costing just 10 runs and he had Hartley (15) caught low down at mid-wicket by Hall.

Flower reached a deserved 50 with a six only to lose his wicket next ball with Corby getting through the England coach’s defences. Saker and Bresnan added 34 before Betteridge saw Dave Murphy hold on to a catch in the deep to ensure the England star departed for 10.

Saker was dismissed for 21 and England physio Ben Langley (2) followed, bowled by Corby (2-19), to make it 124-5.

Paul Cross bowled M Holmes (8) and Jack Murphy (4-27) picked up three more wickets as the President’s XI fell 13 short.

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