Played Saturday, May 5th 2007
Itchington’s 2nd XI first taste of league cricket resulted in an emphatic win over hosts Mickleton. Asked to bat first on a green track skipper Dave Buchholz and and fellow opener Tom Perks made steady progress initially before accelerating the rate to reach 107 off 23 overs when Buchholz was dismissed one short of a deserved half century. Perks (37) carried on the good work and with a rapid 20 from Nigel Smith and contributions from all the lower order a total of 200-9 and maximum batting points were reached in the last over. Bend (6-1-24-3) and Knight (10-1-50-3) took 3 wickets apiece.
In reply Mickleton also started steadily, Powell and Ellis putting on 44 in 15 overs for the 1st wicket. Jack Arthurton (6-2-25-2) removed them both in quick succession then Steve Crosthwaite (10-3-22-3) with son Thomas (7.2-0-21-3) bowling in tandem took 3 wickets apiece to rip out the Mickleton middle order allowing returning opening bowler Andy Wood (8-1-36-2) to mop up the tail to give Itchington a comfortable victory by 84 runs. Bend completed a fine all round match by being last out adding 25 to his 3 wickets but no other Mickleton batsmen could match his stickability.