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Exhall & Wixford III v Long Itchington II (25-08-2007)

Played Saturday, August 25th 2007

Itchington II’s maintained their record as the division’s form side by recording their 5th win on the bounce and keeping the prospect of promotion in their own hands.

Itchington skipper Dave Buchholz won only his 3rd toss of the season and had no hesitation in batting first on a surprisingly (for this summer) hot afternoon. Itchington’s total was initially based around a half century from Jeff Rogers who built stands for the 2nd wicket of 59 with Tom Perks (29) and 72 for the 3rd wicket with Will Grindal before departing for 73. Grindal (54 n.o.) then accumulated his own half century and with a rapid 14 n.o. from Steve Chapman providing the impetus in the last couple of over’s a competitive total of 211-6 was reached. Dawkins opening spell of 10-4-19-1 and O’Hare finished with 5-0-32-3 to finish as Exhall’s most successful bowlers.

Exhall’s reply got off to a rapid start as Itchington’s young pace attack was punished for any deviation in line and length. A change of pace brought about much needed wickets as Tom Crosthwaite snared 3-24 and Steve Chapman 2-41 to put Itchington back in control. However opener Saunders was still there and he reached 65 before he become one of 4 victims for Steve Crosthwaite as Exhall tumbled to 151 all out giving Itchington a valuable 20 point return in their hunt for promotion.

Long Itchington II v Exhall & Wixford III (23-06-2007)

Played Saturday, June 23rd 2007

Itchington II’s had to contend with rising flood water as well as a stubborn Exhall & Wixford side to register a much needed victory.

Itchington were invited to bat after Skipper Dave Buchholz lost yet another toss and with the wicket and outfield still damp it was slow going. Only Will Grindal of the early batsmen was able to impose himself on the bowling and his 49 was by far and away the highest score of the game. Once he departed it took some sensible batting from No. 8 Steve Franks (14). and last pair of Jack Arthurton (8) and Tom Crosthwaite (11 n.o.) to secure a second batting point and set some sort of total for the bowlers to defend.

Exhall’s reply was interrupted by a downpour and on resumption saw the target reduced to 110 off 40 overs. Run rate never looked like being a problem as 26 was reached for the loss of one wicket after 8 overs.

The introduction of Steve (Tino) Chapman saw Hendricks removed with a stunning caught and bowled and then Grindal chipped in with a wicket to reduce Exhall to 33-3. Manders and O’Hare effected a recovery putting on 22 before Tom Crosthwaite removed them both in a spell of 8-1-31-2 and when Steve Chapman ousted Exhall’s skipper Jim Goldstraw the innings was finely balanced at 72-6.

The re-introduction of Grindal (8-1-19-4) into the bowling attack turned the game in Itchington’s favour as he took 3-1 in six balls to leave Itchington on the brink and Tom Perks applied the coup de grace bowling Burgess to give Itchington victory by 11 runs.