L.I.C.C. v Claverdon (16-06-2007)

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Played Saturday, June 16th 2007

Itchington were rewarded for a lot of hard work which enabled their game to go ahead despite the weeks deluge.

Late arrivals meant the visitors forfeited the toss and were asked to bat on a surprisingly firm wicket. The Claverdon openers raced to 32 in the 7th over before losing their first wicket. The dangerous Titterton soon followed for a boundary laden 24 and at 39-3 the Itchington were back in the game.

At 78-4 the innings was finely balanced. The six strong home attack was not to be denied however as they chipped away with some good catches being taken and despite a valiant 23 from skipper Cheshire Claverdon were dismissed for 118 in the 42nd over with Brian Phillips (10-4-31-3), Will Grindal (3.3-0-13-2) and Richard Cressey (7-1-20-2) taking the lions share of the wickets.

The home innings mirrored that of the visitors losing its first wicket at 26 and slipping to 31-3, all wickets to Richardson in a 3-19 spell. Alex Jack and James Clarke battled through however adding 39 before the former fell for 21. Will Grindal (19 n.o.) joined Clarke (29 n.o.) and powered Itchington to victory in the 35th over by 6 wickets and to the top of the division for the first time this season.

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