A superb opening stand of 134 between Man of the Match Alex Jack and John Lidster put Itchington in a great early position in the game against Catherine De Barnes.
Catney’s Captain Prince won the toss and chose to field on an afternoon which local forecasters predicted a lot of rain after 6:00pm.
Opening bowlers Green and Morris set about keeping the runs down but Jack and Lidster had other ideas and they found themselves on 47 off the first ten overs. Both continued to punish anything loose with Lidster smashing 10 fours and 1 six in his 56 off 77 balls. Jack at the other end was in fine touch and he cruised past 50 before being caught on 61. Once again Jack looks back to his best with the bat and his 61 runs coming off 82 balls (8 fours, 1 six) before being caught off the bowling of Ahmed (10-3-32-1).
Both openers fell with the score on 134 so Tom Perks and Tom Cooper started to build the second partnership of the game and although Perks was finding it hard to get the ball away Cooper turned the entertainer by smashing 5 fours and 1 six before being caught of the bowling of Catney’s impressive Green.
Perks then found second gear and showed his aggressive side by hitting some hefty blows in his 41 before he was trapped LBW. Dodds (10), debutant Green-Armytage (15not out), and Clarke (3 not out) finished the innings on 245-5.
A good total was set and Clarke urged his players to stay focused and get through 25 overs as soon as possible in order to get a result.
Rawbone and Wood opened up the bowling and once again Wood shows consistent control causing Catney to play and miss at several deliveries. Rawbone was finding it hard to control the swing but once he got it right he caught and bowled Catney opener Shryd for 18.
Wood then got his reward for his bowling by finding the leading edge of number three Maces’ bat. Itchington in control but opener Hanlon continued to shine with the bat and reached 50 with ease. Andy Smith came on to try and slow the rate down even further but it was Wood who got the danger man Hanlon out for 50.
Itchington with their tails up thought that they could get into the tail and record a win but with a combination of comedy show fielding and determination from the Catney batsman Itchington were looking in trouble.
Star man Alex Jack Stepped up and remained calm and his 5 wicket haul demolished Catney’s middle order as soon as soon as anyone looked like they were going to be Catney’s match winner. Good knocks from Green (27) Basnett (28) and Finnigan (23) saw Catney within reach of the set target but they finished 7 short of the total.
A good win for Itchington which takes them off the bottom of the table and after playing the four top teams over the past 5 weeks crucial games are now coming up but after running Norton Lindsey close, nearly beating lead leaders Wellesbourne and then recording a win over Catherine De Barnes Itchington go into the game against Alcester and Ragley full of confidence.
Alcester and Ragley visit Itchington on Saturday 5th August.
Andy Wood – 10 -1`-32-2
Alex Jack – 10-2-32-5
Andy Smith – 10-0-70-0
J Rawbone – 7-1-40-1
Rajeskumar Rajalingam – 6-0-45-0
Copper – 2-0-11-1
Alex Jack – 61
John Lidster – 56
Tom Perks – 41
Tom Cooper – 29
Sam Green-Armytage – First team debut