Long Itch got their first win of the season in midweek cricket thanks to a top knock of 85 not out from James Scott last Wednesday (16th) against Old Laurentians.
The visitors won the toss and inserted Itchington and saw an early reward with the wicket of Green-Armytage for 5. However, this was to be their only success, as Perks and Scott then took the game away with an unbeaten partnership of 147.
On a wicket that provided low bounce and was hard to score on, the two batted patiently at first, but were quick to latch on to anything loose. Scott began to tuck into some of the bowling, scoring four 4s in opposing captain Palmer’s second over to really boost the scoring rate. From there he never looked back, striking 15 boundaries in his score of 85 from just 56 balls. He was ably supported by senior partner Perks who finished with an untroubled 63 from 58, including some fine cut shots. Stu Jenks was the pick of the OL’s bowlers, his slow spin netting figures of 4-0-22-0 as the lack of pace proved hard to get away.
Having finished on 164-1 from their 20 overs, Itchington were feeling confident, especially given that the wicket had not been easy to score on.
However, Billyeald had other ideas, as he came in and struck the ball sweetly from the off. He, along with fellow opener Barratt, took the score to 78 in fairly quick time, despite a strong spell from Alex Bullen (4-0-26-0) from the Farm End, who was unlucky not to be rewarded with a wicket. At this point, young Dan McCarthy entered the attack from the River End, and produced a consistent spell of bowling which accounted for the impressive looking Billyeald, clean bowled for 39. This was surely the turning point in the game, as OL’s were never quite able to get going after losing their opener. McCarthy continued to make breakthroughs, dismissing the other opener Barratt and keeper Wade, finishing with game-changing figures of 4-0-16-3.
The visitors kept losing regular wickets, including 3 run outs effected by Pratt and Green-Armytage and 3 wickets for Ben Wilson on what had become a very cold evening in the fading light. Itchington eventually ran out winners by 9 runs, with extras the top scorer for the visitors (the wide count of 29 will certainly need to be improved for the coming weeks!)
A good game overall, with particularly impressive performances from Scott and McCarthy to get Itchington over the line. After a plate match at Hunningham this Wednesday (23rd), Long Itch will continue their Midweek league campaign on Wednesday 30th May at home against Oakfield.