SHAUN Cross spearheaded an excellent bowling display to spur Shipton-under-Wychwood into the last 16 of the Davidstow Village Cup at Hambledon yesterday.

Cross claimed 4-32 as Shipton dismissed their Hampshire hosts for 83 and then cruised to a comfortable eight-wicket victory.

Hambledon chose to bat on a wet pitch and soon lost opener William Bond. Brothers George and James Marshall put on 24 for the tsecond wicket, before the latter became the first of Charlie Brain’s three victims.

The runs dried up as Shaun Miller’s left-arm spin put the batsman in a stranglehold.

Eventually they cracked. Cross captured three more wickets, including two in an over.

He also claimed a diving catch at mid-wicket to dismiss Spencer Le-Clercq.

That wicket came off the bowling of Miller, who finished 3-20 of his nine overs.

Brain returned to pick up the last two wickets as Hambledon slumped from 49-2 to 83 all out.

Despite losing Andrew Hemming early on – caught off a skier – Shipton raced to victory.

Craig Wood hammered two sixes and four fours, while making an unbeaten 44 from 60 deliveries.

Jamie Perkin came in to seal victory in the 17th over with two sixes in three balls.

Shipton are now away to fellow Home Counties Premier League Division 2 side Cookham Dean in the next round on Sunday, July 10.

The Berkshire side romped home by ten wickets against Cornish champions Roche.