Long Itchington got back to winning ways by beating their local neighbours Leek Wootton. Clarke won the toss and surprisingly chose to bat on a track that had been covered the past two days due to the forecast.
John Lidster and Alex Jack got Itchington off to a good start before Lidster (14) was superbly stumped by Stuart Budd with the score on 30 in the 5th over.
Itchington continued to score quickly but the introduction of Cox and Couchman slowed the run rate down and Perks and Burnell found themselves back in the pavilion. Lewis Dodds joined Alex Jack at the crease and he continued to look good with the bat by hitting some hefty blows in his quick fire 33 before being caught and bowled by Couchman.
Alex Jack (23) then departed and Itchington struggling at 97-5 with two new batsman at the crease. James Clarke and Andy Wood tried to stabilise the innings by being cautious against the impressive Cox (10-1-40-4). Couchman (10-4-20-3) at the other end was bowling tight and he trapped Clarke LBW for 4.
Leek Wootton on top and looking to wrap up the Itchington innings quickly but Andy Wood had other ideas and batted brilliantly with the tail in order to keep runs ticking over. He was well supported by Bennett (7) and Jake Butler (18) which meant Itchington finished on 180 all out.
A lovely Crosthwaite tea was taken and 180 was a competitive score. Itichington opened up with Bennett (10-3-29-1) and Wood (10-5-24-1) and these two bowled tight opening spells which meant Leek Wootton were falling behind the rate.
Wickets kept tumbling and Wootton were in trouble at 109-7 but Cox joined opener Allison (57) at the crease and Cox smashed 43 quick runs to make the game very interesting. Alex Jack continued to bowl well and he picked up 3 wickets for 29 in his spell and Jake Butler trapped Cox LBW leaving Leek Wooton needing 21 off 20 balls to win the game. A superb catch by Sam Green Armytage meant Itchington got the win as Leek Wooton were all out for 167.
Itchingnton won by 13 runs and a special mention to the Harvester for sponsoring the game.
Jack – 23
Dodds – 33
Wood – 36
Butler – 18
Bennett – 10-3-29-1
Aulakh – 8-0-24-2
Jack – 9-1-21-3
Long Itchington travel to Wellesbourne on Saturday 09th June.