Alcester & Ragley 238-6 beat Exhall & Wixford 233 all out by 5 runs.
Before the game we worked out only myself had experienced a league victory against exhall previously and I think that was back in c. 1999. However this was our best chance against 10 men and a game we had to win. Not a good start losing the toss and being asked to bat but bat we did. Pilko was first to go edging one to be well taken at 2nd slip one handed high up to his right, 20-1. Jacko joined me and hit 2 nice 4s before having his poles rearranged, 34-2. Ragley looked in trouble at 46-3 as I was bowled again - having a bit of trouble with the straight ones in recent times. However a match winning partnership of 146 between Ben Shuttleworth and Adam Warbrick took the score to 192 before the fourths wicket fell. Warbrick was the more fluent early on as Ben saw off the opening bowlers. Warbrick bought up his 50 off 50 ball and Ben follows an over later. Warbrick accelerated to 77 including 3 sixes before he was bowled. Shuttleworth carried his bat to the end to finish on 68 and the score a respectable 238-6.
In response exhall opener spike looked in good touch and single handedly got the score to 20 before he lost his fellow opener for 0 bowled by Jacko. Exhall captain Kerby joined the fray and had made 6 before a superb delivery from Jacko disturbed the timbers again. Spike was still there and bought up his 50 from a total of 70-2. However Jacko struck twice in his next 2 overs including spike with one that straightened and had him lbw for 54. 78-4. Jacko was denied a fiver after a bad miss at slip by lee which set the tone for the rest of the innings as 5further chances went down - we know how to make it hard for ourselves ! Exhall were still in the hunt and up with rate. Hopkins then holed out to Shuttleworth off warbrick for 19 followed shortly by perry lbw off sticky. 140-6 from 30 overs. 99 needed from the final 15. Things started well as Carmichael ran himself out for 54 when if he had stayed he would surely have guided his side home. Old hand Hollands for exhall nudged the odd single and boundary to keep exhall in the hunt. Next to go was Weston brilliantly caught by warbrick on the boundary. This meant the last pair were at the crease with 48 needed from 4 overs. Occasional spinner / tossy upper Tommy Wright Fresh from his success the previous week was doing a sterling job at one end and the final over came up with exhall needing 30 to win and Hollands on strike - no problem. However wrighty had other ideas as he lobbed up 3 which all disappeared for 6. The fourth ball was a dot (the flatter one wrighty) then the fifth ball (lobbed up) also went for 6. 6 to win off the last ball no one could bear to watch (or speak to Tom!) final ball was slightly flatter but on leg stump but Hollands missed and the ball cannoned into leg stump - cue the celebrations winners by 5 runs ! Jacko the star 4-31. We move out of the relegation zone for the first time this season with 2 games remaining.