ALCESTER & RAGLEY bagged their first win of the Cotswold Hills League Premier Division season at the second time of asking with a four-wicket victory at Tanworth & Camp Hill on Saturday.
After a delayed start due to rain, the match was reduced to 43 overs a side and Ragley won the toss and opted to field first.
They got a breakthrough in the third over as Tim Jackson produced a superb delivery to bowl Turnball for 1. New batsman Thomas joined Barber and they played carefully in the tricky conditions against some tight bowling to lift the score to 60 from 21 overs until Thomas lifted a chance to Tom Wright at long-on off the bowling of Adam Warbrick to be caught for 22.
Barber was joined by his captain Carey and they added 20 in good fashion until Barber pushed one to mid-wicket only to be sent back and was run out after some smart work from Ben Shuttleworth. He had made 35 and the score was 85-3 from 28 overs.
Warbrick then bowled R Turnball for 2 and in the next over Carey was run out for 23 after a superb direct hit from Ollie Swinburn. Sam Witham looked to carry the attack to Ragley but succumbed to a catch at long-on by Darren Turner off Warbrick for 14 and Tanworth were in disarray at 105-6.
Warbrick then claimed two more wickets in his next over – one a smart catch close in by Jeff Powell to claim his fifth wicket.
Turner then claimed the final two wickets in his two overs as he took 2-2 and Tanworth were all out for 120. Warbrick finished with excellent figures of 5-31.
In response, Turner and Ben Lee opened against some hostile bowling from Witham and R Turnball. Turner was adjudged lbw for 1 in the second over and when Warbrick followed in the third over, also for 1, to set nerves jangling.
Lee was joined by Shuttleworth and they lifted the score to 45 with a flurry of boundaries before Lee was caught behind off Witham for 25.
Max Biltcliffe and Shuttleworth then saw off the opening attack and were accumulating runs well until Biltcliffe was caught off the bowling of Gill for 16 to leave the visitors 75-4 after 18 overs.
Ragley had 46 runs to get in 30 overs but had to avoid the collapse they had succumbed to the previous weekend against Leek Wootton.
Debutant Paul Cooke entered the fray and hit his first ball for six and his fourth for four to settle the nerves, only to fall leg before for 10.
Jackson was then run out and the score was 95-6. Wright joined Shuttleworth with 26 to get in plenty of overs.
Shuttleworth took control and played some fluent shots when the bad balls were offered whilst Wright offered stoic support to the established batsman as the pair guided their side home.
Shuttleworth finished unbeaten on 48 for Ragley, who host Leamington 3rds on Saturday.