L.I.C.C. v Stratford III (12-05-2007)

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Played Saturday, May 12th 2007

Ultimately a comfortable victory for Itchington on Saturday due to a very tight bowling and fielding display.

Stratford was asked to bat first on a wicket that escaped the worse of the weather leading up to the game. The openers somewhat fortuitously put on 44 in the first 11 overs before Glanfield fell for 21. Skipper Lamb joined Gardener and they took the score to 72 before the former was well caught for 16.

When Gardener was third out for 35, after a brief break for rain, the rot set in as Nick Brooks(10-2-27-2), Martin Clark(10-2-21-4) and Stephen Rawbone(5.1-2-19-2) turned the screw. Only Russell with 24 could break the shackles as the home side were dismissed for 123 in the 43rd over.

Stratford had a brief glimpse of victory as Itchington were 28-2 and 48-3 but good knocks from Aaron Jones 25 and James Clarke 30 n.o. took the total to 75 before the latter was joined by Martyn Rawbone 20 n.o. to see the visitors home by 6 wickets with 12 overs to spare. Russell (10-0-25-2) proved the pick of the home attack.

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