Exhall & Wixford III v Long Itchington II (25-08-2007)

Played Saturday, August 25th 2007

Itchington II’s maintained their record as the division’s form side by recording their 5th win on the bounce and keeping the prospect of promotion in their own hands.

Itchington skipper Dave Buchholz won only his 3rd toss of the season and had no hesitation in batting first on a surprisingly (for this summer) hot afternoon. Itchington’s total was initially based around a half century from Jeff Rogers who built stands for the 2nd wicket of 59 with Tom Perks (29) and 72 for the 3rd wicket with Will Grindal before departing for 73. Grindal (54 n.o.) then accumulated his own half century and with a rapid 14 n.o. from Steve Chapman providing the impetus in the last couple of over’s a competitive total of 211-6 was reached. Dawkins opening spell of 10-4-19-1 and O’Hare finished with 5-0-32-3 to finish as Exhall’s most successful bowlers.

Exhall’s reply got off to a rapid start as Itchington’s young pace attack was punished for any deviation in line and length. A change of pace brought about much needed wickets as Tom Crosthwaite snared 3-24 and Steve Chapman 2-41 to put Itchington back in control. However opener Saunders was still there and he reached 65 before he become one of 4 victims for Steve Crosthwaite as Exhall tumbled to 151 all out giving Itchington a valuable 20 point return in their hunt for promotion.

L.I.C.C. v Warwick County Council Staff (25-08-2007)

Played Saturday, August 25th 2007

Match Sponsored by The Harvester Inn

Itchington finished their home campaign with a disappointing defeat and ended their faint hopes of promotion in the process.

After electing to bat the home side lost an early wicket with 11 on the board in the 4th over. Aaron Jones joined Martyn Rawbone and against accurate bowling they struggled to get the ball away. Rawbone was out for 26 at 66 and the middle order perished trying to accelerate. Jones was 5th out for a very patient 38 and at 104-7, Singh 4-21, LI were in trouble. Late double figure contributions from Brian Phillips and Richard Cressey steadied the ship and took the final total to 141-9 with Gardener and Webster both producing 2-25 returns.

In reply, and despite a flurry of boundaries from Singh in his 30, Staff were never comfortable against the home attack particularly Martin Clark and Stephen Rawbone.

Wickets fell at regular intervals and when Rattan was 6th out for 18 at 98-6 the game was still in the balance. Several difficult chances were then missed as Duncan Gardener (43 n.o.) played very sensibly and mixed careful defence with some big hits as 37 were added and Staff eventually got home by 3 wickets in a good competitive game of cricket.

L.I.C.C. II v Claverdon II (18-08-2007)

Played Saturday, August 18th 2007

Match Sponsored by The Harvester Inn

Itchington II’s stole a march on their promotion rivals by not only finishing the game on a day when no other game finished in the division but also by taking the maximum 22 points available in the circumstances.

Claverdon forfeited the toss due to the lack of a full team and Itchington skipper Dave Buchholz had no hesitation in deciding to field first in a rain affected encounter. Youngsters Tom Perks and Zach Aulakh (6-2-7-1) rewarded him with excellent opening spells taking 3 wickets between them. Steve Chapman (2-21) and Steve Franks (1-19) then continued the good work before Perks (7-0-22-4) returned to finish the innings off with only Heath (25) and Hambleton (13) getting into double figures.

Itchington’s openers Tom Perks (43 n.o.) and Dave Buchholz (24 n.o.) then knocked off the required runs with a minimum of fuss giving Itchington a valuable victory in their quest for promotion.

Welford on Avon v Long Itchington II (11-08-2007)

Played Saturday, August 11th 2007

Itchington II’s 3rd away day win on the trot was earned on the back off a remarkable Man of the Match Performance from Luke Fogarty.

Due to a late arrival Itchington had to forfeit the toss and Welford skipper Dave Jackson had no hesitation in batting. Lane and Smith added 27 for the 1st wicket before Smith fell to Andy Wood (6-0-21-1) and then Jackson N. (22) added a further 36 with Lane before he fell to Dave Buchholz (5-0-25-1). From this point it turned into the Luke Fogarty show as he wheedled out the last 8 batsmen with a combination of flight and spin taking 8-22 in 9.4 over’s to dismiss Welford for 127, Lane making 20.

Debutant Martin Greaves (21) and Jeff Rogers (26) added 48 for the 2nd wicket and Michael Parsons quick fire 19 took Itchington well on the way to victory despite accurate and economical opening spells from Khumalo (10-3-18-1) and Sandhu (10-5-22-0). But they all fell to the spin twin combination of Jackson M. (6-0-33-2) and Lane who finished a excellent personal game with 3-29 off his 10 over’s and it was left to that man Luke Fogarty to see Itchington home with an unbeaten 25 finishing the game with a flourish with a massive 6 over wide midwicket to see Itchington home with 3 wickets to spare.