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Leaders hoping for a Ragley Haul

AFTER slipping to defeat in unusual fashion last week, Catherine-de-Barnes will be looking to put things right tomorrow when they take on Division One rivals Alcester & Ragley.

AFTER slipping to defeat in unusual fashion last week, Catherine-de-Barnes will be looking to put things right tomorrow when they take on Division One rivals Alcester & Ragley.

And they will take to the field in confident mood after their mid-table opponents have had an inconsistent first half of the season, picking up five wins and suffering four defeats in their opening nine games.

Last week Catney suffered only their second defeat of the campaign as they failed to chase down a modest target of 185 against Norton Lindsey.

Conway Mace (39) and Dan Haywood (34) were the only batsmen to show any form after James Mason had earlier taken five wickets to bowl out the visitors.

But it was Norton bowlers who proved to be the match-winners as they sent the Catney batsmen packing 54 runs short of their target.

In the Second Division, Rowington will be relying on the Sly brothers when they travel to Ashorne. Last week a dominant performance from the deadly duo helped move the impressive side back to the top of the league.

Entertaining Shipston-on-Stour II, Rowington invited the visitors to bat first and they set a respectable target of 226-7.

But it was with the bat that Graham (66) and older brother Billy (44) worked all the magic before Andy Shaw added the final runs in dramatic style with just two balls remaining.

In the Premier Division, Tanworth-in-Arden remain rooted to the foot of the table after a disappointing defeat at Shipston-on-Stour.

The hosts batted first and struck a booming score of 331-3 to leave Tanworth with a huge uphill task.

The total proved out of their reach and the basement were eventually dismissed for 129.

Tomorrow they travel to ever-improving Wellesbourne desperate for a positive result.

Earlswood face the daunting task of hosting league leaders Kineton who have only lost one game so far this season.

Last week, Earlswood earned the bragging rights in their local derby at Henley-in-Arden with a narrow one-wicket win.

The visitors were reduced for 169 and in reply Earlswood hit 173-9.

Dorridge & Hockley Heath comfortably sit in mid-table despite losing at promotion-chasing Bearley.

Tomorrow they face a tough trip to high-fliers Harvington. ..SUPL:

 

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