On a scorching day at London road Shipston won the toss and elected to bat first, hoping to set the visiting league lead a challenging total to chase.
Shipston made a watchful start to the inning with not many runs coming from the opening 6 overs. Exhall were then rewarded for their good start when Julian Morris (4) feathered one to be caught behind, much to the unmistakable delight of BJ Weston (1-22) the Exhall captain. Shipston slow start became worse when a poorly judged call from Jack Murphy led to Matt Corby (15) being smartly run out by R Perry, a direct hit from cover. Shipston struggled to put together any meaningful partnerships over the next 15 overs as Jamie Shurmer (1), Murphy (31) and Josh Gibb (4) all departed to leave the home side 80-5 from 27 overs and a long way from a competitive total.
Marcus Ireland was joined by Sam Bishop at the crease and the pair began to up the tempo for Shipston as the rate increased to 5 an over for the next 10 overs and with the pair bringing up the 50 partnership, the home support started to look toward 175-200 as a possible score. However Ireland (35) attempted to clear the boundary and was smartly caught in the deep to bring their partnership and Shipston's chances of reaching 200 to a crashing halt. W Green then came back in to the attack after his initial tight spell to drive home the advantage for his side as the Shipston inning collapsed to 137 all out in the 42nd over, the seamer taking 4 wickets in just 2 overs that included the wicket of Bishop (28) and a fine all bowled hat-trick to bring the innings to a swift conclusion. R Perry (2-25) and T Burgess (2-45) the other wicket takers for Exhall.
In response the visitors made an aggressive start to their run chase, trying to take the game away from Shipston early on. The introduction of spin at both ends brought Shipston back in to it with 2 quick wickets to remove both openers. J Murphy (1-17) getting the wicket of C Atherton (31) and Dave Pyne completing a simple caught & bowled to remove S Smith (20). Shipston had an outside chance of turning the game on its head with the score now 54-2 but required further quick wickets to increase the pressure on the league leaders. W Green narrowly evaded the hands of Shipston skipper Tom Cox at short mid wicket on nought before taking full advantage of his bit of luck, hitting a punishing half century to guide his side toward their total. Pyne (2-16) added a 2nd wicket to his total, getting J Watson caught behind on 5 to make the score 89-3. BJ Weston (3*) joined Green at the crease and after surviving an early chance himself was able to watch on as his all-rounder put the game to bed with some lusty blows to race his side over the finish line and round off a great day for himself with an unbeaten 73. His Exhall & Wixford side go in to the second half of the season in top spot while Shipston slide down to 6th after their 3rd consecutive defeat.