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 !
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!
LONG ITCHINGTON 2nds V FLADBURY
Cotswold Hills League Div 4 Sat 24/8/13
LI 2nds produced a solid win to on their visit to already relegated Fladbury. On a dry pitch with some variable bounce and a big outfield the division 4 champions never found themselves in a dominant position with a number of their top order getting in but out before going on to get the threatened big score. Graham Foster and Aaron Jones (15) put on 41for the first wicket. Cameos from George Insall (23) and Jamie Breakwell (15) helped the run rate leaving Foster to get to his 50 in the 42nd over before being dismissed. Teenager Jake Butler with 25 not out was there at the end as LI compiled 186-7 from their allocation with 5 of the 6 strong home attack taking wickets. In reply Fladbury lost their skipper to a good slip catch for a duck in the second over. 40 runs were added before all-rounder Butler got rid of Prudden for 18 and the no4 first ball. Rotating 6 bowlers, backed up by good catching, paid dividends and at 101-7 an early finish looked likely but the experienced Mytton at 6 hit selectively reaching a creditable 53 before being stumped off the returning Butler. Jennings (21) and Turner (12), both unbeaten, took the score to 170-9 but the home side were still 16 runs short as the overs ran out. Butler finished with 4-40 and the experienced Brian Phillips backing him up with 3-31.
|Long Itchington||B.Phillips 10-2-31-3
J. Butler 9-1-40-4
J.Butler 25 n.o.
LONG ITCHINGTON 2nds V DORRIDGE & HOCKLEY
Cotswold Hills League Div 4 Sat 17/8/13
Ruthless LI 2nds maintained their domination of Div 4 with an emphatic 10 wicket away win in a game that only lasted 36 overs. The home side were asked to bat and their young top order looked to hit the ball hard at every opportunity. Brian Phillips took two early wickets assisted by a great diving catch from fellow opening bowler Steve Rawbone. At 28-2 there was no sign of an imminent Dorridge demise but once Phillips (3-13) snared Pound for 12 the runs dried up. Martyn Rawbone (3-3 off 9 overs) and youngster Jake Butler (1-7 off 7 overs) strangled the innings as it fell away to 38 all out in 29 overs. Both bowlers were assisted by great all round ground fielding and wicket keeping. After a brisk tea LI openers Graham Foster (22 n.o.) and Chris Coop (14 n.o.) battled positively to achieve their target in 73 balls.
|Dorridge & HH||38 all out||28.5||0|
|Long Itchington||M.Rawbone 8.5-6-3-3B.Phillips 7-5-13-3S.Rawbone 6-1-13-1
Jake Butler 7-3-7-1
|G.Foster 22 n.o.C.Coop 14 n.o.|
|Dorridge & HH||C.Pound 12|
Catney at home
With an almost unassailable lead atop the Cotswold Hills Division 4, Itchington played host to promotion chasing Catney, knowing that a victory mathematically rubber stamped the title.
A long time in coming as Chapman was victorious at the toss and with it asked the visitors to set them a total.
After a poor showing with the bat in the reverse fixture, no doubt Catney were hell bent on putting on a better performance and with an impressive opening partnership putting on 70 that looked eminently doable.
Unfortunately from the point that both openers were dismissed noone else really stood up to be counted except for Prince who battled well for 24 as the innings petered out to a below par 160 all out.
Knowing full well that 161 should be very gettable, Itchington were aware of the very potent Catney bowling attack which fortunately for the home side seemed to seriously misfire as openers Rawbone and Foster raced to 50 from only 8 overs. The runs continued to come somewhat easily until Rawbone was well caught at slip by skipper Gallimore shortly after the drinks break leaving the score on 104-1 off 25 overs. The run scoring slowed down a bit following the wicket but then after showing signs of his talent Breakwell was caught at midwicket off Stryder.
These proved to be minor blots on the scorebook as Foster made a solid 55 not out and Grindal finished 18 not out as Itchington cantered home with plenty to spare in the wickets and overs departments and most importantly with it. . . . The title of DIVISION 4 CHAMPIONS!
Itchington Batting Performances
G. Foster – 55 n.o
M. Rawbone – 43
Itchington Bowling Performances
S. Rawbone – 9.4/0/22/3
M. Rawbone – 10/3/22/3
S. Chapman – 10/1/36/2