L.I.C.C. II v Welford on Avon (09-06-2007)

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Played Saturday, June 9th 2007

Itchington II’s slipped to a second successive home defeat as Welford successfully chased down Itchington’s total.

Itchington were invited to bat after Skipper Dave Buchholz lost yet another toss and he and fellow opener Tom Perks put on 79 for the first wicket before Perks was caught just after he had reached his 50. Jeff Rogers then joined Buchholz to add 48 for the second wicket before departing lbw. Buchholz batted right through to record a season best 73 n.o. but he and his partners could not provide the necessary acceleration against a very tight Welford attack and the final total of 174-5 was at least 20 runs short of where it should have been, all of the Welford bowlers were frugal with Hoskin taking 2-25 and Khumalo and Sandhu only conceeding 30 and 32 respectively of their 10 overs whilst taking a wicket apiece.

Welford’s reply got off to a flyer through Hoskin and Lane scoring freely. Hoskin went first for 36 and then Steve Franks (7-0-29-2) took 2 quick wickets to give itchington hope but Jackson (21n.o.) combined with Lane to steady the ship. When Lane (36) became the first of Dave Buchholz’s 3 victims (9.1-2-23-3) the game was still in the balance but Khumalo made a rapid 31 to take Welford to the brink of victory which was duly completed in the 37th over.

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