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Bretforton fall just short in a derby thriller
10:20am Friday 16th August 2013 in Sport
SHIPSTON-on-Stour are still in with a shout of the Cotswold Hills League Premier Division title after a thrilling two-run home win over holders Bretforton.
The mid-table visitors came close but fell just short on 246-5 in reply to 248-5 at London Road.
Shipston started slowly against the accurate Darren Key, Alex Evans and Adrian Witts and, having lost Marcus Ireland (3) lbw, reached just 22 by the 10th over.
Matt Corby (27) perished knocking up a simple catch off Witts and Julian Morris (18) was bowled by Evans.
At 79-3 and with 20 overs gone, an important partnership ensued between Jack Murphy (58) and Jon Walker.
They added 61 runs in 12 overs before Murphy was caught behind off Lee Clarke.
Jon Hartley (9) also fell to Clarke before Sam Hince and Walker put on 88 from just 45 deliveries. Hince (47) produced his best first XI league innings and Walker ended on an unbeaten 77.
The Bret reply almost mirrored the hosts’ scoring rate and after 20 overs they were two runs better off on 81.
Bruce Ford (18) was bowled by Corby in the 22nd over and Phil Davis (46) fell to the same player with a simple Murphy catch.
Paul Jones fired some lusty blows, including a towering six off Corby, but the bowler quickly had his revenge when a miscued drive became Morris’ 50th league catch for Shipston.
Hartley slowed the chase, conceding just 22 runs in six overs, and the game looked to be slipping away. Corby dismissed Andrew Stanley (7) and after 32 overs the score read 125-4. With 10 overs left, Bret were five runs behind their hosts at the same stage as Witts and Joe Cafaero combined for a dangerous partnership.
However, opening bowler Ireland returned and, although going for 28 runs in four overs, picked up the vital wicket of Witts (47).
With three overs left, Bret required 40 but the previously miserly Walker was hit for 17 and then another 11 were added to leave 12 needed from the final six balls.
Shipston kept faith with Walker and, after a couple of twos, a leg-bye and a single, Cafaero took strike with six needed from two balls.
Walker, suffering from cramp, bowled off just four paces but Cafearo fell just short of the boundary in only scoring three before Clarke was restricted to a final single.
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