After getting over the initial shock of finding out the game was still on Shipston travelled over to Bretforton expecting a delayed start. However, what they found was a ground that looked like it had completely avoided the day and half of solid rainfall and a full game was now on the cards.
Shipston won the toss and swiftly put the hosts in to bat. A decision that paid off just 3 balls in to the game when Marcus Ireland had Bretforton opener Dan Lamb (0) caught behind with the score still at zero. The home sides other opener Ashley Icke (67*) would prove a lot harder to remove as he batted the entire inning to help his side to a competitive target. Shipston bowled well for the majority of the Bret innings but were a little sloppy on occasion, allowing the home side to earn some precious additional runs. Sam Dexter (1-44) followed up his great performance last weekend with another positive opening spell, removing Steven Edghill for 10. Matt Corby had captain Luke Richardson caught without scoring before Ireland (2-33) returned to dismiss Paul Jones for 21, just as the big danger man was getting going. Dave Pyne (1-19) produced another tight spell of bowling and Jack Murphy (2-17) came on to help dismiss the lower order. However, guided by Icke who had now moved past his half century the final 2 wickets put on 50 vital runs to leave Bretforton 158 all out from 39.5 overs. Matt Corby returning to take the final wicket and end with figures of 3-43.
The visitors now had 50 overs to reach their total and thanks to tight opening spells from James Icke (0-20) and Craig Griffiths (0-1) Shipston looked like they might need use all of them if they were to win. Slow progress and the introduction of Alex Evens, Bretforton's go to spin bowler, led to Matt Corby making the first of Shipston's mistakes. The all rounder advanced down the track only to be stumped by keeper Steven Clarke for 21. This started a mini collapse for the batting side as the introduction of Steven Edghill removed both Julian Morris (1) and Sam Bishop (0) the very next over to leave Shipston 25-3. Ireland (9), Murphy (5) and Gibb (9) didn't last long either, all gifting their wickets to Bretforton's bowlers who continued to bowl in good areas. Evans leading the way with an excellent spell, returning figures of 4-22 from his 10 overs, supported well by Edghill 2-29 from his 10. Shipston needed a partnership with the score now 58-6 and Jamie Shurmer and Gary Betteridge (19) did their best to get their side back on track. Runs were still hard to come by but the pair made steady progress as the score moved into the 90's. With the game teetering on the edge it was the Bretforton skipper Luke Richardson who provided the decisive moment in the game as he took 3 wickets in a single over to bring any hopes of a Shipston come back to an end. With the help of Dave Pyne (5) Shurmer (25*) managed to guide his side past 100 to earn them an extra batting point but when Pyne was trapped LBW by Dan Lamb (1-25) the innings came to an end on 112 all out giving Bretforton the win by 46 runs.
A big win for the home side who make up ground on other sides who's games were called off elsewhere. Shipston will need to fix their inconsistencies with the bat if they are to compete with the leagues top sides in the coming weeks.