On a sunny but cold evening Rugby hosted the young Itchington lads. Rugby won the toss and decided to bowl and a steady start was made by Harry Heaven and Scott Haywood who did well against the top Rugby bowlers. Liam Aspinall and Luke Haywood continued the good work and the score was steadily increasing. Will Orton and William Hoggarth started to up the rate with some good running and this set a solid platform for Captain Will Eadon and Aaron Sutcliffe. Both played fantastically with Will hitting a couple of fours and Aaron some elegant shots,and they ended up putting on 32 taking the total to 258. A really good performance from all 8 players with proper cricket shots throughout.
Rugby sent out their big guns first but they were kept in check by Harry and William H with Harry taking a wicket (bowled) in his second over. After more steady bowling by Liam, Scott, Aaron and Will O the game was finely balanced at the half way stage with extras putting Rugby slightly ahead. However in the next two overs the game changed with Liam and Aaron both getting wickets with excellent balls to clean bowl the batters. This put the pressure back on Rugby and with the last pair coming into bat they needed 17 off the last four overs. After getting 9 off the first two overs Will H and Will E kept their nerve to bowl out superbly, only allowing 2 more runs to be scored and Itchington ran out winners by 6 runs.
A good performance by all eight players with everyone contributing including Luke behind the stumps who gets better with every game and Will E who sets a fine example leading from the front.
On a blustery evening at Whitehall Farm, the u15 Cup-tie, against Yelvertoft, was almost over before it started with Henry Steele taking FOUR wickets, all clean-bowled, in the very first over. Other bowlers were rotated and George Heaven, Daniel Cox, Jack Hobbs and Jamie Haywood took the other wickets (Jamie`s 10th of the week) as Yelvertoft struggled to 22 allout from 11.5 overs. Long Itchington scored the required runs in 2.5 overs losing no wickets with Jack Hobbs scoring 18 not out. Both teams played on afterwards in an 8 over fun game to give everyone the chance of a knock whilst it wasn`t raining.
On another dark cold night Long Itch travelled to Roland’s in the cup to hopefully get revenge for the earlier defeat in the first game of the season. Roland’s batted first again but never got away from LICC who were always on top. Long Itch scuttled them out for 55 with only their opener James getting above double figures. Jamie Haywood had another superb night with the ball with 3 for 5 off 4, closely followed by George Heaven with 2 for 5 and Brennan with 3 for 9. Nine of the 10 wickets to fall were bowled which is a testament to the accuracy of the attack. In reply after an early loss James Rawbone and Lucas Mann took the attack to Rowland with some superb running and positive Cricket, James retired on 26 and Lucas was eventually bowled for a fine 14 allowing Brennan and William to see us home in 11overs.
Report by Stephen Rawbone
On a dismal, dank night in Long Lawford, LICC u15s played their opening Cup fixture of the season against a young Oakfield side. Oakfield won the toss and surprisingly asked LICC to bat in such gloomy conditions. However we were soon 11 for 2, when Jack Hobbs and Stephen Crump came together with a solid 50 partnership. Jack 26 and Stephen 28 when both were dismissed in successive balls by Oakfield`s Werno Claassen. Skipper Henry Steele and u13s Jamie Haywood and James Rawbone batted sensibly to bring LICC`s score to a respectable 113 for 5 in their 20 overs. Oakfield in reply batted steadily reaching 55 for 1 wicket after 10 overs, Werno Claassen batting well for his 26. Then on came our deadly spin twins of Jamie Haywood (off-spin) and Jnr Joyce (slow left-arm) and they simply destroyed Oakfield`s batting. Jamie started with a triple wicket maiden on his way to his best ever figures of 4-1-7-6 including 5 ducks. He was ably supported by some fine catching including 3 by Henry Steele and a stumping by Stephen. At the other end Jnr was also impressive and his figures of 4-1-6-2 included 2 clean bowled. Such a spell left Oakfield struggling at 81 for 9 wickets after 20 overs and Long Itchington going through to next round to play against Yelvertoft at home this Thursday.
Long Itchington II’s. Vs. Alcester & Ragley II’s – 18th May 2013
Two wins out of two and in the Itch’s way today stood Alcester & Ragley who had a week off thanks to the weather last time out.
As the greens arrived at their picturesque hosts setting, the weather looked set fair and when Chapman called correctly at the toss and asked his hosts to make first use of a grassy wicket with a bit of a soft top another big game could commence.
Opening up the bowling once again was S. Rawbone and A. Smith and once again the pair shared a fantastic start to the innings getting through 12 overs leaving their hosts 30-2. First change of bowling as a bit of a partnership was beginning to form between Lee & Home Skipper Swinburn saw Chapman into the attack and combined with Smith finishing his 10 kept the scoreboard under control and in his penultimate over the impressive Smith broke the pair when Lee went after a good length ball which was well caught by Foster.
Replacing the outgoing Smith was the returning Aulakh and after a solid first spell of 6 overs for 17 runs Hudson replaced Chapman at the other end. In the midst of the bowling changes Hawthorp joined Swinburn in the middle and again a partnership was beginning to form. Credit to the bowlers who once again managed to keep the scoring to a minimum, even when attempts were being made to up the rate and post a defendable total. As the attacking shots began to become more frequent both bowlers held their nerve and between them chalked up 5 wickets to really leave the Home side desperately short of a good score. (Home skipper Swinburn finishing with top score of 36). With the returning Chapman and a 4 ball burst from M. Rawbone taking the a wicket a piece left a score of 142 all out and Itchington even stealing 1 additional over in their pursuit of a winning 143.
Foster & M. Rawbone also opening up the batting for a 3rd consecutive week took to the middle but fresh off a well-made 60 the previous week Foster could not continue his good form as he proved a players best shot can also be his weakness as he cut a ball straight to the waiting fielder for 2.
Out stepped Grindal keen to improve on his first weeks outing, set about the attack in typically muscular fashion, bullying poor deliveries for any number of runs while the more textbook attack of Rawbone was proving equally effective as the pair shared a stand of 86 in 16 overs.
Rawbone eventually fell to Bennett Snr who managed to nip one of his slow left arm deliveries back up the slope to bowl him for a good knock of 44. Nothing to fear for Chapman though as Insall came to join Grindal in the middle fresh from 2 50’s in 2 games and apart from a lapse in concentration from Grindal with only 1 run required for victory Itchington wrapped up the game in 31 overs with Crosthwaite who replaced Grindal hitting the winning shot to the boundary to wrap up 20 more points in the Itch’s march for back to back promotions.
Long Itchington Performances
Batting – M. Rawbone 44
W. Grindal 71
Bowling – Z. Aulakh 7-0-26-2
N. Hudson 10-0-25-3
A. Smith 10-2-27-3