Long Itchington II’s. Vs. Fladbury – Home 15.06.13
Off the back of a dreadful performance the previous week, an Itchington side gunning to put the record straight took on what turned out to be an under strength, under par and under staffed Fladbury side.
After winning the toss Chapman asked the away side to bat first, knowing that there was the potential of rain and a smaller run chase to be had should the heavens open during the afternoon.
Skipper Chapman decided to open the bowling with himself and S. Rawbone and the pair bowled very economically up front with no breakthrough. With 12 overs gone and only 25 on the board a bowling change saw M. Rawbone join his brother and also shortly after the first wicket as opener Edwards looked to force the pace but only managed to lob a straight forward chance to Greaves off a deserving S. Rawbone.
This brought youngster Dixon to the crease and combined with the steady Prudden the pair began to up the rate slowly but surely. Either side of the drinks break saw a change of bowling seeing Aulakh steaming in from the farm end and Phillips doing the hard yards up the hill from the river end.
With the batting pair looking like they could set the home side a troublesome total, Phillips had Prudden caught by M. Rawbone playing a slightly out of character swipe which just lobbed up into the air. Even with Prudden gone the impressive Dixon was still at the crease even though Aulakh was causing him some serious difficulty but after edging behind and not walking a plethora of guilt ridden attempted slogs finally resulted in him holing out for not many more.
After that the wickets fell in something of a procession as Aulakh finished with 3 wickets and Phillips with 4 and the away side all out for 106.
A wonderful tea provided by Paula Wood was taken and Itchington had a revised target of 102 from 50 overs after a small delay during the first innings knocked a couple of overs and a few runs off the chase.
In what was a relatively nerveless reply, only 2 wickets fell as Foster fell caught and bowled to Mytton and Rawbone was caught at slip off the bowling of promising all-rounder Dixon allowing Cox & Crosthwaite to see the league leaders’ home with 8 wickets in hand and 30 overs to spare.
A much improved display but still some improvements, especially in the fielding department, are needed if the march to Division 3 is to bear fruit.
Long Itchington Performances
Batting – M.Cox 46n.o
M. Rawbone 23
Bowling – Z.Aulakh 8.5-2-15-3