Steve Rushton’s superb 55 not out ensured Norton put a decent total on the board and win the game for Norton Lindsey.
Due to a wet day on Thursday there was still moisture in the wicket and Clarke put Norton into bat after winning the toss.
Smith and Wood opened the bowling. Andy Wood was bowling beautifully and he bowled 5 maidens in his 10 overs and Smith at the other end frustrating the Norton openers.
A superb catch from Goatley got the breakthrough Itchington deserved and runs were being restricted due to some good bowling from the opening pair.
Due to the new stupid rule that has been brought in this year Andy Smith had to be taken off in his 8th over due to bowling two balls above waist height. Fair play to both umpires for sticking to the rules but what the hell are the game of cricket authorities thinking about as this is going to deter youngsters from wanting to bowl in the future. Rant over and we wish Andy the best of luck in court on Tuesday for his violent act.
Aulakh and Rawbone were first changes and they continued to cause trouble. Aulakh looking back to his best by taking 3-33 in his ten.
Norton struggling and 131-7 in 39th. Enter Rushton and McInnes (20 not out) who put on a match winning partnership of 70 to get Norton to 201-7 off their 45. Ruston finishing on 55 not out.
A delightful tea was taken with the game evenly poised.
Itchington’s innings got off to the worst possible start with Lidster bowled in the first over and then a massive collapse of 58-5 put the game firmly in Norton’s favour.
Clarke joined Perks and these two started to dig in and runs started to flow. Itchington getting the score down nearly to a run a ball after two consecutive 6’s from skipper Clarke and Norton started to feel the pressure again. Perks then paddled one straight into the hands of square leg for 33.
Itchington never recovered after that and Clarke fell for 35. Good bowling from Pozzi 3-22, McInnes 2-30 and Lacey 3-4 secured victory for Norton
Itchington were bowled out in the 33rd over for 131. Itchington lost by 70 runs.
A good bowling performance which wasn’t matched by the batting cost Itchington but Itchington remain in good spirits despite the loss.
Wood – 10-5-22-1
Aulakh – 10-2-32-3
Jack – 10-2-50-2
Clarke – 35
Perks – 33
The full scorecard can be found on https://longitchington.play-cricket.com/website/results/3529222
Itchington look to bounce back to winning ways at home to Leek Wotton on Saturday 2nd June.