Itchington welcomed Overbury to Stonebridge Lane for their first ever Premier League encounter against Itchington.
On another scorching day Captain Clarke won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first.
Overbury started well and Alex Jack and John Lidster were riding the storm. Tamcken and Gillett were beating the bat but then Itchington were to be let off the hook as Overbury kept bowling wides, 38 in total.
With the score on 62 in the 11th over Lidster was caught behind for 11. Jack and Goatley continued to score until Goatley (8) played down the wrong line and he was clean bowled.
Alex Jack reached his 50 and due to the heat he was in demand of more water than usual. Jack fell on 58 with Itchington finding themselves at 139 in the 27th over.
Perks (34) and Burnell (22) frustrated Overbury by sensibly knocking the ball around the park for ones and twos in order to set up fireworks in the last ten. Burnell fell hitting out and this brought last week’s hero Lewis Dodds to the crease and he didn’t disappoint by smashing 37 off 23 balls.
Itchington in a great position of 202-4 in the 39th but then Itchington collapsed to 223 all out in the 43rd over. Good bowling from Colwell and Trueman prevented Itchington from scoring 250+.
A lovely selection of wraps, sandwiches and cakes were taken at tea thanks to Sam Green Armytage’s mum and her assistant Mrs Aulakh. A good half from Itchington but a bit of disappointment from some as they didn’t reach 250. Captain Clarke was a happy man though as he tucked into his second chocolate cake.
A late bowling change meant Smith would open the bowling with Wood.
Captain Clarke asked for high intensity in the field and his troops delivered. Overbury didn’t know what had hit them.
Andy Wood being his usual self and causing problems but this week getting rewards as he took 4-15 in his ten overs which included four maidens.
Smith at the other end bowled well and took four wickets himself. He was even on a hat trick but his emotions got the better of him and he bowled a massive leg side wide.
Lewis Dodds took 2 wickets in four balls to seal victory in the 22nd over.
Overbury all out for 70 (J.Tamcken 31). Itchington won by 153 runs. 24 points picked up and Itchington strangely find themselves joint-top of the league after 3 games.
It’s great to see everyone enjoying their cricket and confidence is high in the Itchington camp. Keep it up boys.
Jack – 58
Dodds – 37
Perks – 34
Burnell – 22
Wood – 10-4-15-4
Smith – 10-2-49-4
Dodds – 0.4-0-5-2
Itchington remain unchanged for the third week running as they travel to Norton Lindsey next Saturday (26th May).