Junior Presentation Evening

Thank you to all that attended last night and made it such a successful evening. Thanks to Sharon and Mark for the excellent buffet and looking after as well as ever.

Below is a list of the award winners.

Under 11 batting – Ollie Orton

Under 11 bowling – Jake Haden

Under 11 fielding  – Ollie Orton

Under 13 batting  – Scott Haywood

Under 13 bowling – Tom Hill

Under 13 fielding – Luke Haywood

Under 15 batting – Aaron Sutcliffe

Under 15 bowling – Ben Irving

Under 15 fielding – William Hoggarth

Best Newcomer – Dan McCarthy

Sarah Orton Trophy – Josh Elkerton

Most Improved – Joe Cummings

Champagne Moment – Jake Haden  (hatrick)

MVP – Aaron Sutcliffe

Itchington don’t want the season to end!

Itchington’s fine end to season was capped off by beating runners up Norton Lindsey on Saturday to make them victorious in the last 5 out of 6 games . Clarke won the toss and chose to bat on potentially the best looking wicket of the season.

 

Norton knowing a win could potentially see them lift the Premier league title found it hard to settle into the game as John Lidster and Alex Jack played with freedom. The opening ten overs saw Itchington dominate and Itchington had raced to 66 from 60 balls. Captain Pyatt decided to change his bowling attack with R. Blyth and Dewar coming on.

 

Itchington continued to flow but Norton got the breakthrough as Dewar sneaked one through Lidsters (23) defence with the score on 72.

 

Matt Goatley joined Jack at the crease and in 7 overs another 62 runs were added before Jack edged behind for another stunning 56.

 

The runs kept coming and Goatley was showing his aggressive side by punishing anything loose from the Norton attack and he was well supported by Burnell who was timing the ball impeccably but Goatley fell driving one too many for 46. Perks lasted one ball longer than the week before but Cooper and Burnell frustrated the Norton attack by taking singles and demolishing the bad ball.

 

With 10 overs to go Itchington were well placed for 300 as they were on 224 for 4. Cooper went for 29 and Burnell was caught in the deep for 57. Dodds (12) and Clarke (13) chipped in as Itchington reached their highest score of the season finishing on 286-9.

 

Itchington still with a job to do got off to the best start possible as Pozzi edged behind for 0 off Wood and Burnell clean bowled other opener Green for 0.

 

Norton in all kinds of trouble with the score on 2-2 but Shephard had other ideas and throughout the Norton innings he showed his class. Skipper Pyatt was also doing damage and Itchington had to be on their game. The breakthrough came in the 15th over with the score on 81 as Wood bowled a peach of an in swinger to dislodge the skippers bails for 41.

 

Blyth (28) and Cook (23) supported Shephard as he continued to control the Innings. Ten overs to go and Norton needing 87 to win. Enter Rawbone who got out the right side of the bed as he bowled Cook, had Lacey caught behind for one and then the big wicket of Shepherd for a superb 83.

 

McInnes at the the end was still smashing the ball about in a quick-fire 31 but he ran out of partners as Tom Cooper bowled Nortons last man for 6.

 

A great finish to the season saw Itchington finish 5th. Clarke was full of praise for his players and the night consisted of beers and Indian food.

 

A massive well done to Wellesbourne on winning the league. Also everyone form the club would like to say a huge thank you to the umpires and tea ladies for another wonderful season.

 

Thanks to all players for another enjoyable season.

 

Highlights

 

Lidster – 23

Jack – 56

Goatley – 46

Burnell – 57

Cooper – 29

Wood – 10-0-52-2

Burnell – 5-0-37-1

A.Smith – 10-0-70-1

A.Jack – 8-1-47-1

Rawbone – 7-0-42-3

Cooper – 0.4-0-1-1

Itchington will be playing Premier League Cricket next year!

Long Itchington secured Premier League Cricket for another year by beating a much changed Leamington side on Saturday.

Confidence was very high in the Itchington camp after winning their past two games before travelling to neighbours Leamington. Looking at the league table before the game Itchington knew that a win would mean survival and if Leamington won then it all went down to the final day of the season and 3 or 4 times could join already relegated Catherine De Barnes in Division 1.

Captain Clarke won the toss and decided to bowl on a well prepared wicket. Some might have thought this was a strange decision after Aulakh had fallen in the warm up, injuring his knee but Clarke’s decision was to pay off.

The Wood and Aulakh partnership was about to click into gear and become that destructive opening partnership that ripped through many teams last year. Firstly Wood had the in form Somra caught at second slip by Burnell for 2 with the score only on 5. This brought Jimbo Williams to the crease who showed grit and determination throughout the Leamington innings. Aulakh still struggling with knee problems at the other end showed his determination in order to keep Itchington up by bowling deadly in-swing which demolished number two Gethins off peg with the score on 30.

Itchington on song but with Leamington’s batting line up they still needed to remain focused and this came from the deadly left armed Wood who has teased many batsman this year with them playing and missing but J.Butler followed one and Keeper Clarke took an easy catch. Former Leamington first team captain Rob Williams then strolled out to the middle but Wood snared him the same way as Butler with Williams edging behind for only 2.

Wayne Killian then came out and his aggression with the bat looked like Itchington were in for a long afternoon but you guessed it, Wood again found the edge of his bat and he was caught well by Burnell for only 4.

Leamington on 48-5 and needing someone to stick with Williams at the other end. David Lord wasn’t a bad person to be sending in at number 7 and Itchington were put to the sword by Lord earlier in the season when Leamington beat Itchington convincingly.

Lord and Williams were starting to pull back the Leamington innings and the score passed 80 in the 18th over but then a moment of brilliance by Jake Butler sent David Lord back to the pavilion for only 8 as Butler held on to a bullet of a pull shot from Lord off the bowling of Aulakh

Itchington on fire but Leamington skipper Dale had the right idea and helped Williams secure his half century and this 58 run partnership meant Leamington could still be on course for 200+ but just when these two started to dominate and frustrate Andy Smith took the wicket of Dale for 20.

Smith and Jack took the remainder of the Leamington wickets and they finished all out for 164 with Jimbo Williams not out on 82. A good knock which deserved a century.

Tea was taken and Itchington fantastic first half needed to be matched with the bat. With John Lidster away Tom Perks stepped up to open but disaster struck as McCarthy bowled him with the first ball of Itchington’s innings.

Burnell joined Jack and the itchington crew watched on nervously but these two showed class by taking the game away from Leamington. Burnell was stroking the ball around and arguably Alex Jacks best innings in a Long Itchington shirt meant the whole team could relax. Burnell was caught on 37 but the damage had been done. Cooper followed for 8 but Dodds (15 not out) and Alex Jack 83 not out saw Itchington home. Jack’s 83 came off only 64 balls and included 15 fours.

Itchington won by 7 wickets.

A massive win and a tremendous end to the season sees Itchington stay up. Norton Lindsey travel to Itchington next week and they are still in with a chance of winning the league. Could Itchington win 4 on the bounce?????
Highlights

Wood – 10-1-40-4
Aulakh – 10-2-40-2
Jack – 9-3-22-2
Smith – 6.5-0-34-2
Jack – 83 not out
Burnell – 37 and 2 catches
Dodds – 15 not out

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