Alcester & Ragley 221-7 beat Leamington 3rds 76 all out by 145 runs.
Ragley batted first after losing the toss on a lush grassy wicket away at Leamington. The start was delayed due to water getting under the covers making it a 40 over game. Leamington had early success as Ben Lee was caught at mid-off from the bowling of McCarthy with the score on 3. Max Biltcliffe and Dave Pilkington lifted the score to 29 when Biltcliffe was caught also off the bowling of McCarthy, for 14. Pilkington was joined at the crease by the inform Ben Shuttleworth and they saw off the new ball pairing and then began adding runs at a good pace. It was a game changing partnership as first Pilkington then Shuttleworth bought up their half centuries. Pilkington fell soon after for a well-made 56 from 74 balls. This pair had put on 112 in 18 overs and taken Ragley to 144-3 from 28 overs. Adam Warbrick and Shuttleworth added a further 50 in good time before Warbrick was bowled for 23. Shuttleworth continued to hit well straight and he was last man out in the penultimate over for a superb 80 from 83 balls. Ragley posted a very competitive 221-7 from 40 overs. Pick of the Leamington bowlers was McCarthy 2-27.
In reply Leamington were soon in disarray as Tim Jackson made the most of some help from the pitch to tie the early boatmen up in knots. He bowled opener Dyer and number 3 Hinch both for 0. Fellow opener Cowan was in aggressive mood as he struck 3 fours from the bowling of Richard Layton before Layton had him caught at slip for 14 and the score was 16-3. Jackson claimed 2 more wickets both caught close in, and he had figures of 4 wickets for 0 runs after 4 overs. Jackson could not get his elusive 5th wicket and he finished with figures of 4-23 from 9 overs. Layton claimed 2 more wickets in his spell as good catches were claimed by Jackson at gully to remove Joseph for 5 and also by Warbrick to remove Taj for 9. Layton took 3-28 and at the end of the opening bowlers spells the score was 35-7 from 18 overs. David Lord showed some fight for Leamington but when he was bowled by Warbrick for 25 the final 2 wickets went quickly off the bowling of skipper Stephen Capron (2-6) to leave Leamington 76 all out from 25 overs. An excellent bowling display was backed up by an excellent display of catching by the Ragley fielders. The 24 points from this game puts them only 1 point from the safety of 8th place with 5 games left.