Long Itchington II’s. Vs. Alvechurch III’s – Home – 23rd June 2012
After the disappointment of having last week’s fixture abandoned at Henley, LICC II’s were back at the home of cricket to play Alvechurch III’s who had the only other unbeaten record in Cotswold Hills Division 5 (albeit they had only played 1 fixture before today).
After originally losing the toss, away skipper Dodwell very honestly informed home skipper Chapman that in fact only 10 men were present and as such the toss forfeited, so Alvechurch were asked to bat first.
Rawbone & Chapman began proceedings with the ball and once again started tightly with the former picking up opener Rollins cheaply. In came Duggins at 3 who played aggressively from the start hitting one Chapman over for 15, after backing himself to continue he took the wicket of other opener Dodwell in his next over and shortly after Rawbone dismissed Duggins who probably played more aggressively than the situation required.
With the experienced Sanders at the crease, Alvechurch were looking to rebuild from 44-3 off 13 overs but from nowhere in what was a self-proclaimed average spell of bowling Chapman found 3 consecutively good deliveries to take a HAT-TRICK!
From there a mixture of sensible play from Sanders & no11 Lankham and some lacklustre bowling/fielding the away side managed to sneak up to 117 all out, LICC just managing to gain the bonus bowling points. (Steve Rawbone strategically dropping a dolly in order to allow the potential of an additional point come the close?!)
With 34.1 overs having been used and tea not quite ready Itchington’s openers had 10 overs to bat before the interval. The usual suspects at the top of the home sides batting card as a Rampant Roger & a Resurgent Rocky reached 32 at the break.
One splendid tea finished and back to business for Eadon & Foster as they looked untroubled throughout until with 93 on the board Eadon missed a straight delivery and was given out LBW to the crazy-haired Lankham for 49. No alarm bells as Franks strolled in at 3 to see Itchington home with the unbeaten Foster for a comfortable 9 wicket victory from 29.1 overs.
Another 22 points for the league leaders as they head into the halfway turn around and a double header against Rowington II’s.
Long Itchington Performances
Batting – R. Eadon 49
G. Foster 35 n.o.
Bowling – S. Chapman 10-3-35-4
B. Phillips 6.1-0-21-3
S. Rawbone 10-2-29-2