After an interesting journey through Rugby, M6 and Catthorpe Interchange, the match started late at 6.30, with LI fielding, with Henry losing the toss. Harris bowled very well taking 1-17 off 4 and was very unlucky not to take more. Wayward bowling and several misfields let Rowlands get away until Jnr’s spin slowed the run rate, taking 1-11 off 3 , bowling excellently. Broadhurst 37, Winton 32 and 20 extras enabled them to get to 129. Henry took the other 2 wickets to fall. Jack opened positively scoring a run a ball 30, Joe Hughes hung around for 11, Stephen a quick 10 and Jnr a rapid 18 not (2x 4 + 1×6) meant the innings ended on 97 for 8 at 9.15 p.m. Rowlands were a good side but certainly had a few characters playing for them ! Oakfied next week away.
1st team to play away at Exhall and Wixford.
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As Exam Season finishes LICC u17s at last had their opening game of the season on a beautiful warm night at Whitehall Farm. Rowland won the toss and asked Long Itchington to bat. Jamie Breakwell and Billy Bowman-Shaw put on 50 for the first wicket in only 4 overs, when Billy was bowled, Jamie was flinging the bat and although he was dropped at 5, went on to score 52 retired off 22 balls. Josh Broadhurst bowled well for Rowland taking 5 for11 as our middle order struggled for runs, only Luke Chamberlain (19) reached double figures, so batting practise needed this week for the u17s. After everyone had been out Jamie went back in but lashed out once too often and was caught on the boundary as we were dismissed for 113 in, unforgiveably, just 16.3 overs. Stern words exchanged at the interval seemed to galvanize the bowlers, Joel Bennett and u15 Jnr Joyce opened up very economically and at 9 overs only 33 runs had been scored when Jamie took 2 wickets in 2 balls aided by a fine caught behind by Josh Thompson to put Rowland under pressure. Only Josh Broadhurst (40) was offering any substantial resistance until Billy bowled him through the gate to leave them 72 for 6 off 15 overs. Rowland wicket keeper, George Mortimer-Lane then attacked the bowling with superb aggression, smiting a rapid undefeated 26 off 13 balls until Joel Bennett rejoined the battle with a run out and a clean-bowled to dismiss Rowland for 95 runs in 18.2 overs. A good tight match when all had batted and contributed finally wound up to be a close 18 run win for Long Itchington and a good advert for Junior cricket.
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.