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L.I.C.C. v Warwick County Council Staff (25-08-2007)

Played Saturday, August 25th 2007

Match Sponsored by The Harvester Inn

Itchington finished their home campaign with a disappointing defeat and ended their faint hopes of promotion in the process.

After electing to bat the home side lost an early wicket with 11 on the board in the 4th over. Aaron Jones joined Martyn Rawbone and against accurate bowling they struggled to get the ball away. Rawbone was out for 26 at 66 and the middle order perished trying to accelerate. Jones was 5th out for a very patient 38 and at 104-7, Singh 4-21, LI were in trouble. Late double figure contributions from Brian Phillips and Richard Cressey steadied the ship and took the final total to 141-9 with Gardener and Webster both producing 2-25 returns.

In reply, and despite a flurry of boundaries from Singh in his 30, Staff were never comfortable against the home attack particularly Martin Clark and Stephen Rawbone.

Wickets fell at regular intervals and when Rattan was 6th out for 18 at 98-6 the game was still in the balance. Several difficult chances were then missed as Duncan Gardener (43 n.o.) played very sensibly and mixed careful defence with some big hits as 37 were added and Staff eventually got home by 3 wickets in a good competitive game of cricket.