Category Archives: Senior Match Reports



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.  


Team Score Overs Points
Long Itchington 186-7 45 20
Fladbury 170-9 45 6


Best Performances:-


Team Bowling Batting
Long Itchington B.Phillips 10-2-31-3

J. Butler 9-1-40-4

G.Foster 50

J.Butler 25 n.o.

G.Insall 23

Fladbury J.Turner 10-0-27-2

J.Edwards 8-0-40-2

N.Mytton 53

I.Sheppard 25





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.


Team Score Overs Points
Dorridge & HH 38 all out 28.5 0
Long Itchington 42-0 7.1 22


Best Performances:-


Team Bowling Batting
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



Match Report – Home vs Catherine-de-Barnes II’s 10th August 2013

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

Match Report – Away vs Overbury 3rd August 2013

Overbury away

A long old drive to picturesque Overbury saw the league leaders take on the side that impressed with 8 men against them earlier in the season and had just beaten 2nd placed Catney the week before.

Once again Chapman and his side were inserted as he lost another toss and immediately it looked very much like most bowlers would enjoy themselves as the ball moved appreciably in the air and off the pitch from ball 1.

An impressive opening (44 runs) by M. Rawbone and G. Foster, then Rawbone and Franks (77 runs) saw the Itch in a very decent position given the conditions and looking at full batting points plus. An equally impressive fightback from the bowlers saw wickets tumble after Franks was dismissed for 32, closely followed by M. Rawbone for 66, as 118-1 became 129-3 became 135-5 and eventually the Itchington innings closed on a disappointing 160/7 given the position we were once in.

On the plus side no one appeared particularly sure what a good total was, so it was very much game on.

The opposites approach of pace from Grindal and spin from Chapman started proceedings with the ball and with strike rotation proving difficult the Itch were starting to feel very much on top. Even more so when Chapman clean bowled opener Higgins and then Grindal had the ever dangerous Haynes somewhat fortuitously snaffled at gully by young James Rawbone via a well-placed boot from Phillips at slip, which caused the ball to loop up kindly.

Bridges in at 3 was just beginning to find his feet and was starting to feel as comfortable as any bat had on the day, just hoping someone was able to stay with him. Grindal having chipped another away from the other end, it was down to skipper Bull to stay with Bridges. He managed this well whilst putting anything loose away himself giving the home side a real foothold in the game.

Chapman looking for a wicket brought himself back into the attack and managed to dismiss Bridges for a well-made 36 and with it a chance regain control as he turned to M. Rawbone who added to his impressive batting display with 4 wickets including that of skipper Bull to basically seal things for Itchington, Chapman returning once again to help clear up the tail as Overbury fell 98 all out.

Catney next week, no favours lads, let’s keep winning!!!

Itchington Batting Performances

M. Rawbone – 66

S. Franks – 32

Itchington Bowling Performances

M. Rawbone – 5.5/0/14/4

Chapman – 10/7/7/3

Grindal – 10/2/19/2

Match Report – Home vs Alcester & Ragley II’s 27th July 2013

A&R at home

In some ways quite a strange game unfolded at the home of cricket as Alcester & Ragley took on league leaders Long Itchington. With a man late in attendance, Chapman was handed the choice and with a hint of rain that had been about the day previous he asked the visitors to make first use of Foster’s back garden.

A mixture of decent bowling and poor batting saw Ragley fall to 37 for 5 in double quick time and the prospect of a very small run chase was in the offing. Fair play to remaining No4 batsman A. Bennett and the incoming youngster S. Howell who dropped anchor in an attempt to rebuild the innings. The only downside was that very few runs were being scored as only the very odd bad ball was being punished and when the accelerator was once again pushed, runs were still hard to come by and the innings stuttered to a close at 127 for 8 in 45 overs, Bennett finishing with a good knock for his team (53 not out).

In what appeared to be a comfortable looking run chase the main thing causing the Itch some issues was the possibility of rain as no batsmen appeared to be sure as whether to push for the runs before it came or stay above the low required run rate and bat out the minimum 25 overs that constitute a completed game.

As a result, 4 wickets went down on the way to what ultimately was a simple victory, M. Rawbone (22, run out again!), Foster (25), A. Jones (33) and Grindal (6) the wickets to fall, leaving C. Coop & J. Breakwell to steer Itchington home, and the Trees go marching on!!!

Itchington Batting Performances

Jones – 33

Foster – 25

M. Rawbone – 22

Itchington Bowling Performances

Phillips – 10/5/20/2

Jack – 10/4/24/2

Chapman – 9/2/29/2

Grindal – 10/3/29/2