Battling collapse costs Itchington at Lapworth

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After a successful win against Shipston last weekend Itchington travelled to second place Lapworth knowing a win would mean places would be swapped by the two teams. 

Clarke won the toss and decided to bat on another scorcher of a day. 

Goatley and Jack got Itchington off to a really positive start and the home side had gone very quiet in the field. 

28-0 after 5 overs, Itching cruising but in good Itchington fashion, 28-0 changed to 41-5 as Cross and Hadden ripped through the Itchington top order. 

Burnell (27) and Clarke (16) started to rebuild the innings and their partnership of 39 started to hopefully put a score on the board but Clarke was trapped LBW and Burnell went soon after. 

Lapworth cleaned up the tail and Itchington were all out for 99. Cross finishing with 10-3-27-4 and Mason 5.1-2-6-4. 

Big performance needed and early wickets could make it interesting. Itchington delivered and Bennett and Wood taking 4 wickets between them. Lapworth in real trouble of 28-4. Pressure on but Cross (59)showed his class and was well  supported by Comley(20). Lapworth reached their target in the  28th over. 

Lapworth won by 5 wickets. 

Highlights 

Wood-10-2-33-3

Bennett-5-0-26-1

Jack-8.4-4-23-1

Smith-4-1-15-1

Burnell-27

Clarke-16

Itchington look to get back to winning ways next week (30th June) at home to Tanworth.

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