Itch do Double over Shipston

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Firstly an apology is due for the dearth of 1st XI match reports. Usually I’d go into a list of mitigating circumstances but, frankly it boils down to not being arsed.

Itchington travelled down to an overcast Shipston-on-Stour looking to pick up their first Premier League win at Station Road. The toss came down on the home side who (in some people’s view) somewhat surprisingly chose to have first knock on what was a particularly green track. Presumably they’d caught wind of the Itch’s absolute shower of nonsense against Wellesbourne chasing the previous week.

There were no less than six changes to the previous week. Most notably John Lidster was missing who, after his 51 ball duck and mild Twitter fame found himself any old excuse to miss this one. Although I must say buying a house was a bit extreme, to each their own mind.

Andy Wood and James Rawbone opened up affairs and there was plenty of movement early doors, aided by a stiff breeze and a bit of variable bounce. It didn’t take long for Wood to have Morris caught behind from a lifting delivery. Murphy and Ireland progressed the score watchfully and were going along nicely before the latter was bowled by Wood. Murphy was the next to go skying a simple catch to the grateful hands of Pete McKenna, again from Wood’s bowling. When Jake Butler got into the act having Pratt caught by Sam Green-Armytage the home side were 46-4 and struggling. Scouser Wilson and Morris jnr his some lusty blows and had just started to turn the tide before Morris chipped a simple chance to Tom Perks off the bowling of Joel Bennett. From here it was death by spin as Dexter, Cross, White and Pyne all succumbed to the charms of Alex Jack and Pete Burnell, only the resistance of Wilson holding the Itch up with a nuggety knock of 44. The hosts eventually bowled out for 119, three for Jack and two for Burnell. Itching were good again in the field on what was a rough surface, pretty much most of the catching opportunities were safely snaffled. The third week running that the opposition have been bowled out under 120, which in my book at least is a superb achievement.

Tea was a relatively functional affair, with the addition of one superb homemade cake and having the test match on for light entertainment. I can’t remember what variety of cake it was, apologies baking fans.

A chase of around 120 in over 50+ overs, sound familiar?

Tom Perks took the number one spot and along with Alex Jack the aim was clear – don’t get bowled out for 60 again bat sensibly and get us towards the target. The pair batted with good intent and authority, albeit abetted at times by slightly wayward bowling and surviving the odd chance, but they batted beautifully to put Itch minds at ease. The runs were being chipped off serenely and returning Jack managed to overcome his ruptured calf muscle and two broken legs to score his third league fifty of the year. Perks batted in a slightly more circumspect manner, seeing off the brunt of the unfortunate Ireland’s bowling to finish on a resolute unbeaten 28 as the game was wrapped up by ten wickets in the 24th over.

Highlights:

Jack – 6-1-12-3 & 64*

Wood – 10-2-19-3

Burnell 3-2-1-2

Perks 28*

Scorecard can be viewed: HERE

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