This week’s match report has been kindly provided by the unreliable Tom Perks (ed – his own words..)
The day started with the long Itchington skipper feeling very nervous as his front line batsman, unreliable Perks had not turned up. Brooks had told Perks on friday evening at the EGM to get an early night but Perks took no notice of this. He finally turned up just before the toss, stumbling out of his car and staggering up to Nick covering his night club entry stamp on his wrist, pleading to borrow some kit as he had not come prepared.
After Brooks had sorted out his off field issues he called the toss correctly and put Wellesbourne into bat.
The Wellesbourne innings got off to a strong start with some hard hitting from G Maynard (53) and continued with his brother J Maynard playing a very correct but positive 55. J Maynards knock was halted with an excellent catch on the boundary by Smith who protected the long boundary splendidly all afternoon. Once these two had fallen Wellesbourne struggled to get away from Long Itch due to a tight spell in the middle overs from Smith 10-1-42-1. After 35 overs the home team were 171-2 and were set to push on to potentially get a large score.
Then the Viking (Mitch Lowe) saw his chance to raid, even though he was injured he managed to come on and bowl a tight spell of spin at the death 5-0-32-2 along with the returning Clark 9-0-51-3 who took some vital wickets to keep Wellesbourne down to what was a manageable score of 236-7 on a good batting track.
With Long Itchington satisfied with their work, both teams tucked into a delicious Wellesbourne tea. Once James Clarke had polished off all the chip butties, Jones and Eadon strode out to begin the second half of the game.
G Maynard and C Evens opened for Wellesbourne bowling tight lines, with Maynard picking up the early wicket of Jones . The quick’s put down some sharp and aggressive deliveries, including one short ball which hit Eadon on the side of the helmet, making a cauliflower cheese out of Roger’s ear. Luckily the club Badger (Martin Clark) patched him up and Roger soldiered on.
After Alex and Roger saw off the opening bowlers, itch needed to up the ante to get back up with the required rate. Wellesbourne brought the slow bowlers on, Jacko oiled up his biceps waiting for his chance to strike. After having a look at Stephenson for a few delivers Jack came rampaging down the track, launching himself at the ball, but unluckily for him he missed it completely and was stumped…………at least he tried his best.
When Eadon fell for 39, Itch were 82-3 in the 28th over and were a long way behind the required rate. Perks and Lowe needed to try and get Itch back into the game, but Lowe chopped on early for 9. Perks and Clark tried to increase the scoring rate but both struggled to find the boundary. When Perks was caught and bowled for 39 by Jackman the score was 128-5 in the 36thover, meaning the match was all but over. Brooks came in and showed what the top order were lacking and made the game look a lot more respectable by smashing 49 not out off 27 deliveries to get Long Itchington the full batting points to finish with a score of 205-5, but in truth Wellesbourne were the better team on the day.