Skipper Oli finally won the toss and we elected to field first on a beautiful day. Dekok and Jacko opened up the bowling for us, jacko showing a few signs of rustiness but none the less we stuck to the task in hand and DK had opener Morris trapped in front for 7 with the score at 24-1. That was to be the end of the wickets for a while as other opener Corby punished anything slightly loose with hard hitting all around the park. He bought up a chance less 100 in the 30th over. In partnership with Ireland the pair had added 143 for the 2nd wicket until Kok had Ireland lbw for 40. At this stage Ragleys butter fingered approach to fielding was coming to the fore with several drops again helping the batsmen on their way. However the ground fielding and effort remained spot on and Corby eventually holed out for an excellent 145 caught in the deep by Fozzie off the bowling of Jacko. Sticky got into the attack at this juncture as he smelt blood and he mopped up 3 quick wickets, including 2 in 2 balls, Jacko picking up another as Shipston closed on a large 271-7 the successful bowlers were Kok, an excellent 2-37, Jacko an up and down 2-61, Sticky 'right time right place' 3-51. The run chase was contemplated over a good tea as we knew it the wicket was playing well and the outfield was fast. The Ragley chase followed a similar vein to Shipstons as we lost our first wicket with the score on 25, Pilko getting a leading edge to be caught off the bowling of Ireland for 7. Lee joined Kok but this partnership was short lived as Kok got a good 'un from Ireland to have his furniture rearranged for 20. The Ben's Lee and Shuttleworth held firm against a good opening spell from Ireland until the latter was caught off the final ball of the 15th over to leave Ragley tittering at 56-3. A good partnership between Darren Turner and Lee took us past the 100 mark in the 22nd over with a flurry of boundaries and the pair had put on 60 when DT was bowled by the off spin of Murphy junior for 21. Lee reached his 50 but was out next over pulling a full toss down deep square legs throat off the same bowler. The 2 Tims , Jackson and Foster, came together to try and knock off the remaining 150 in 18 overs. Foster shone briefly, losing one ball before being adjudged lbw - to which I think the quote was 'it was definitely too high but It would have hit the stumps' - (apologies if this is not correct - Ed ). The spinners continued to take wickets as only Jackson stood out for Ragley. He held firm and lifted us to maximum batting points as we finished on 207-9. Jacko finished unbeaten on an excellent 51 including 2 huge 6s into the tennis courts - how we'll miss his batting & fielding when he goes back down sarf. We finished 64 short, again conceding to many runs but at least this time to a special innings, and a much improved batting display - work to be done on catching. We reconvene next week at home to 2nd placed Lapworth.