Long Itchington II v Exhall & Wixford III (23-06-2007)

Played Saturday, June 23rd 2007

Itchington II’s had to contend with rising flood water as well as a stubborn Exhall & Wixford side to register a much needed victory.

Itchington were invited to bat after Skipper Dave Buchholz lost yet another toss and with the wicket and outfield still damp it was slow going. Only Will Grindal of the early batsmen was able to impose himself on the bowling and his 49 was by far and away the highest score of the game. Once he departed it took some sensible batting from No. 8 Steve Franks (14). and last pair of Jack Arthurton (8) and Tom Crosthwaite (11 n.o.) to secure a second batting point and set some sort of total for the bowlers to defend.

Exhall’s reply was interrupted by a downpour and on resumption saw the target reduced to 110 off 40 overs. Run rate never looked like being a problem as 26 was reached for the loss of one wicket after 8 overs.

The introduction of Steve (Tino) Chapman saw Hendricks removed with a stunning caught and bowled and then Grindal chipped in with a wicket to reduce Exhall to 33-3. Manders and O’Hare effected a recovery putting on 22 before Tom Crosthwaite removed them both in a spell of 8-1-31-2 and when Steve Chapman ousted Exhall’s skipper Jim Goldstraw the innings was finely balanced at 72-6.

The re-introduction of Grindal (8-1-19-4) into the bowling attack turned the game in Itchington’s favour as he took 3-1 in six balls to leave Itchington on the brink and Tom Perks applied the coup de grace bowling Burgess to give Itchington victory by 11 runs.

L.I.C.C. v Claverdon (16-06-2007)

Played Saturday, June 16th 2007

Itchington were rewarded for a lot of hard work which enabled their game to go ahead despite the weeks deluge.

Late arrivals meant the visitors forfeited the toss and were asked to bat on a surprisingly firm wicket. The Claverdon openers raced to 32 in the 7th over before losing their first wicket. The dangerous Titterton soon followed for a boundary laden 24 and at 39-3 the Itchington were back in the game.

At 78-4 the innings was finely balanced. The six strong home attack was not to be denied however as they chipped away with some good catches being taken and despite a valiant 23 from skipper Cheshire Claverdon were dismissed for 118 in the 42nd over with Brian Phillips (10-4-31-3), Will Grindal (3.3-0-13-2) and Richard Cressey (7-1-20-2) taking the lions share of the wickets.

The home innings mirrored that of the visitors losing its first wicket at 26 and slipping to 31-3, all wickets to Richardson in a 3-19 spell. Alex Jack and James Clarke battled through however adding 39 before the former fell for 21. Will Grindal (19 n.o.) joined Clarke (29 n.o.) and powered Itchington to victory in the 35th over by 6 wickets and to the top of the division for the first time this season.

L.I.C.C. II v Welford on Avon (09-06-2007)

Played Saturday, June 9th 2007

Itchington II’s slipped to a second successive home defeat as Welford successfully chased down Itchington’s total.

Itchington were invited to bat after Skipper Dave Buchholz lost yet another toss and he and fellow opener Tom Perks put on 79 for the first wicket before Perks was caught just after he had reached his 50. Jeff Rogers then joined Buchholz to add 48 for the second wicket before departing lbw. Buchholz batted right through to record a season best 73 n.o. but he and his partners could not provide the necessary acceleration against a very tight Welford attack and the final total of 174-5 was at least 20 runs short of where it should have been, all of the Welford bowlers were frugal with Hoskin taking 2-25 and Khumalo and Sandhu only conceeding 30 and 32 respectively of their 10 overs whilst taking a wicket apiece.

Welford’s reply got off to a flyer through Hoskin and Lane scoring freely. Hoskin went first for 36 and then Steve Franks (7-0-29-2) took 2 quick wickets to give itchington hope but Jackson (21n.o.) combined with Lane to steady the ship. When Lane (36) became the first of Dave Buchholz’s 3 victims (9.1-2-23-3) the game was still in the balance but Khumalo made a rapid 31 to take Welford to the brink of victory which was duly completed in the 37th over.