RDCL Cup Match: Long Itchington Midweek XI v Network Rail 30 April 2014

On a bright sunny evening at Whitehall Farm, LICC Midweek XI played their first game for many years with 8 teenagers and 3 experienced players taking the field in a cup-tie with Network Rail. LICC lost the toss and were put in to bat.  The first 2 wickets fell cheaply before Jake Butler (20) and Luke Chamberlain (18) came together to build a solid platform which was exploited superbly  by  our newest u13s` coach Tom Perks with 55 not out in 25 balls (6 4s, 3 6s) to allow LICC to reach 126 for 6 in their overs. The elder Rawbone (Steve) enjoying a supporting knock of 15 with Tom along the way. In reply Jake bowled well with 3 for 13, ably supported by Oli Neal (2 for 8) and Network Rail were contained at 66 for 7  to give Long Itchington a comfortable 60 run victory. Not to be outdone by his father, James Rawbone produced a good delivery to bowl Rail`s top-scorer Smart for 24 on an evening which was very encouraging for our young team, whose ground fielding was excellent inspired by one brilliant “save” by “young” Martin Greaves !

U13 vs Willoughby Match Report

Under the new management of Wood and Perks (hopefully more Rodgers & Pascoe than Moyes & Round..) a youthful Itchington under 13 side containing 6 under 11s travelled to Willoughby in the first round of the RDCL cup.

Skipper Brennan Lumby lost the toss and Itchington were inserted, with Will Eadon and Aaron Sutcliffe opening up. The pair batted beautifully and put on 69 for the first wicket when Eadon fell for 13. Sutcliffe was run out soon after for 17 and with good late contributions from the other batsmen the Greens finished on 93-5 – as to be expected in the early season Mr. Extras played a starring role. A mention for Willoughby leg spinner Ben Wiltshire who took a commendable 4-13.

In the Willoughby response Lumby immediately set the tone by removing opener Whitfield with the first ball of the innings. All 10 bowlers were given a run out and to a man bowled in some lovely areas. Itchington were always on top and took wickets at regular intervals with the innings finishing on 66-7 and therefore a 27 run victory that sees the lads progress into the next round.

A special mention for Josh Park playing in his first ever cricket match bowling a wicket maiden in his first over and also for Luke Haywood who was nothing short of sensational behind the stumps (no byes or leg byes!). A very positive start but there will still be things to work on at training on Sunday ahead of next week’s league game against Southam!

Scorecard - http://longitchington.play-cricket.com/view_results_details?id=12002970#inns1