Played Saturday, May 19th 2007
Match Sponsored by Frank Haywood
Itchington ground out victory against Rowington on Saturday with bowlers generally on top throughout.
The visitors were asked to bat first and struggled against some tight bowling and fielding. After a couple of early wickets Pace (20) and Chinn (21) helped opener Sly take the score to 84-3 but the introduction of Stephen Rawbone into the attack to partner Martin Clark combined with the run out of Sly for 34 saw the total slump to 97-9.
Experienced campaigners Shaw and Jay batted sensibly using up most of the overs adding an important 33 before Jay was bowled for 21 with the final score on 130. All five home bowlers shared the wickets with Clark 2-13 off 10 and Rawbone 4-31 the pick.
Itchington got themselves to 33-1 but the introduction of L Clarke slowed the rate and he together with Oldfield began to make inroads after the dismissal of Alex Jack for 18.
At 75-6 and 96-7 the match appeared to be going Rowington’s way but number 4 James Clark (the third Clark/Clarke to make a prominent contribution in the game!) was joined by Martyn Rawbone (who had just spent 4 hours in casualty having a damaged finger repaired) and they took the total to 125 before Clark was out for a fine 40 but Rawbone saw Itchington home with two wickets and 5 overs to spare. L Clark taking 4-19 off 9.