After losing the toss on Saturday, Stratford were put into bat and bowled out for 222 in the 49th over. No.3 batsman Nat Gregory was just five runs short of a century when he was bowled for 95, Ben Pigott made 32 and skipper Chris Whelan 20.

In reply, Kings Heath reached 226-2 in the 40th over to clinch victory. Dexter Purser was the only successful bowler for the Panthers, taking 2-39 from seven overs.

Stratford host Quatt next Saturday in a 12noon start.

There was better news for Stratford 2nds in their bid to gain promotion from the Second S 2nd XI Division.

They defeated Kings Heath 2nds by six wickets at Swans Nest Lane. Chasing the visitors’ total of 164-9 they replied with a winning 167-4 in 34 overs to remain in second place in the league table.

Shipston’s charge towards the Cotswold Hills League title stalled when they were beaten by four wickets by Leamington III at London Road.

Batting first, Shipston were bowled out for 199 and the visitors replied with 200-6.