Gregory guides Ebrington to title

NATHANIEL Gregory scored a match-winning 191 as Ebrington secured the Cotswold Hills League Division Three title in style.

Gregory’s century, which came off 136 balls and featured 17 fours and nine sixes, virtually single-handedly led his side to a 159-run victory against Kenilworth Wardens thirds.

Although he was in fine form, he lacked support from those around him, with Alex Thompson the next best batsman on 37, one of only two others to reach double figures.

But Ebrington’s total of 286-9 off 45 overs proved more than enough as their opponents finished on 127-8, with James Hicks taking 3-21.

Elsewhere on the final day of the season, Shipston signed off with a six-wicket Premier Division defeat to Wellesbourne after being dismissed for 154. It left them fifth in the table, 70 points behind champions Bretforton.

Shipston seconds recorded a 40-run victory against The Lenches but were still relegated from Division Two, along with Leek Wootton.

Relegation rivals Exhall & Wixford stayed up with victory over Catherine de Barnes, who were pipped to the title by Warwick CC Staff as a result.

Batting first after losing the toss, Shipston suffered a middleorder collapse and went from 55- 1 to 71-6 in eight hectic overs.

However, Richard Bryan (46) put on 35 in eight overs for the seventh wicket with Matthew Pratt (8) and then 36 in five overs for the eighth wicket with vice-captain Kenny Hirst.

Hirst added another 25 before Shipston closed on 167 all out in the penultimate over.

Tyrell was the pick of the visitors’ bowlers with 3-29, supported by Brooks (3-50) and Cotterill (2-10).

Joe Godson picked up the early wicket of McNally in reply but The Lenches raced to 64 before a second wicket fell.

When Alan White had been dismissed for 52, Shipston were back in the game and were soon well on top at 89-7.

The visitors’ final pair put on 31 frustrating runs in 10 overs before Godson finished the job to leave Martin Whitfield unbeaten on 40 and The Lenches all out for 127 in the 39th over.

Ben Cox took the bowling honours with excellent figures of 4-28 from 10 overs, backed up by Dave Pyne’s 2-30 and Godson’s 2-32.

However, the result proved academic and Shipston return to Division Three after just one season.

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