LI battled bravely at runaway league leaders Bidford on Saturday but fell short after leaving themselves too much to do in the last quarter of the match. Stand in skipper James Clarke called correctly and inserted the home side on a slightly damp but flat looking pitch. The hosts began as if it was a 20-20 match with big shots aimed at most deliveries. Andy Woods’ swing bowling was too much however for no’s 1 and 3 and he bowled both with score standing at 31-2 off 5 overs. Stephen Rawbone then had young opener Downey caught in the deep for 27 at 46 in the 17th over. All rounder Layton joined the equally experienced Nash who was outdone by Nick Brooks and LI were very much in the ascendency with Bidford 68-4. Layton however stood firm and with selective hitting to the short boundary off anything lose he played his side out of trouble. He was 7th out at 151 for 71 (3 6’s, 10 4’s) as none of the lower order got to double figures but 24 wides helped the final total reach 186-9. Richard Cressey 3-18, Brooks 3-35 and Wood 2-22 were the pick of the LI attack. In reply the visitors got off to a solid start reaching 24 in the 9th over before Graham Foster fell to first change Nason for 16. The same bowler had Will Grindal caught on the boundary edge for 11 shortly after. Alex Jack joined Martyn Rawbone and they rebuilt the innings. Cooper only went for 12 in his 10 overs but runs came from the other end. Edkins was introduced and his slow swing accounted for both Jack (34) and Rawbone (35) after they had added 71 runs. With a run a ball needed only Tom Perks could get the ball away as man-of-the match Layton produced a second spell of 4-8, including Perks for 18 and with skipper Nicholls adding 2-14 LI were all out for 163 in the 43rd over.
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