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Junior Presentation Evening

Thank you to all that attended last night and made it such a successful evening. Thanks to Sharon and Mark for the excellent buffet and looking after as well as ever.

Below is a list of the award winners.

Under 11 batting – Ollie Orton

Under 11 bowling – Jake Haden

Under 11 fielding  – Ollie Orton

Under 13 batting  – Scott Haywood

Under 13 bowling – Tom Hill

Under 13 fielding – Luke Haywood

Under 15 batting – Aaron Sutcliffe

Under 15 bowling – Ben Irving

Under 15 fielding – William Hoggarth

Best Newcomer – Dan McCarthy

Sarah Orton Trophy – Josh Elkerton

Most Improved – Joe Cummings

Champagne Moment – Jake Haden  (hatrick)

MVP – Aaron Sutcliffe

Junior 25th Anniversary Game Versus Barby – Match Report

Long Itchington Cricket Club celebrated the 25th anniversary of its junior section with two special challenge matches at the Stonebridge Lane ground in July.

The club’s newly reformed junior section played its very first U13 friendly away fixture, as recorded in its first ever scorebook, against Barby in June 1992. It was therefore fitting that LICC marked the occasion by hosting a specially arranged game against Barby at its annual Club Open Day, with the sides represented by a mix of U11s, U13s and U15s selected by team managers Clive Haywood (Long Itchington) and Chris Bramley (Barby, with help on the day from Tom Middleton). The 20-over game was won by Long Itchington off the very last ball, reversing the original result (which wasn’t anywhere near as close).

This was followed in the afternoon by a special challenge match between players aged from 14 to 40 who have all been through the LICC junior section over the past quarter of a century, and coached by the section’s founders Allen Hickling and Steve Mitchell. The teams included several players whose names appeared in the 1992 scorebook, including Nick Brooks – now the club’s second team captain – Sam Blundell, James Clarke – currently first team captain – and Mitchel Lowe, and more than one who hadn’t picked up a bat or ball for many years!

This game turned out not to be quite as evenly matched as the first one, but the result was never as important as the opportunity for players to catch up and renew old friendships; for friends and families to revisit the ground; and, in many cases for the first time, for visitors to see the new clubhouse that was officially opened two years previously.

That the day was such a success was down to many people who volunteered their time, cake baking skills, and BBQ/scoring expertise (Martin Sutcliffe, whose son Aaron was the youngest junior taking part in the afternoon game). Particular thanks are also due to head groundsman Graham Foster, one of several older LICC members present who were juniors when the club was itself reformed in 1976. Others included assistant groundsman Stephen Rawbone and his brother (and current LICC treasurer) Martyn Rawbone, whose late father Eric was the club’s volunteer groundsman for over 15 years.

Under 13’s v Rugby

On a dark damp evening the under 13’s visited league leaders Rugby knowing that they had to be on top of their game to beat them. On winning the toss skipper Scott Haywood decided to bowl, which with the weather closing in seemed a sensible decision.  Regular openers Tom Hill and Charlie Parsons started tightly and kept Rugby in check. The attack was taken up by Adam Ledbrook and Scott Aspinall and they bowled dangerous deliveries when straight but as a team, a few too many wides were creeping in. Elliott Coop was unlucky to have one dropped and after 9 overs Rugby were on 50-0 but 27 given in wides meant Rugby could have been under more pressure. Debutant Ted Fairhurst made a good start and made the Rugby batsman play but both openers retired after batting well for deserved 25’s. This gave the remaining batsman licence to play positively but they were kept in check by James Taylor’s first over and then Scott Haywood brought himself on and despite a couple of top edges going for 4 had Rugby’s star bat well caught by James Taylor and then cleaned bowled another to take two in the over. Tom Hill returned and finished off well getting a deserved wicket clean bowled after an impressive 4 overs and Scott picked up a wicket in the last over with a cracking yorker. A total of 142-4 was a tall order but could have been better without 41 extras

Scott Haywood – 4-0-30-3

Tom Hill – 4-0-17-1

Max Holtby and Scott Haywood opened the batting and chasing 7 an over they needed to be positive. Scott was quickly undone and this brought his brother Luke to the crease. He started positively including a fine straight 4 but against tight bowling the target was still along way off. Luke was bowled advancing down the track trying to change the momentum of the game.  Adam Kenworthy- Fahey and Tom Hill had hit cracking boundaries before Adam was caught and bowled and Tom was run out. When Adam Ledbrook was run out without facing then the run rate required was becoming out of hand. Opener Max Holtby had tried to keep the innings together but was out in the 18th over for 11 and the final score got up to 63 thanks to positive batting and running  by Charlie Parsons in the final overs.

Its always a tough game against Rugby and it was a good test to show the areas where the lads can improve.

Charlie Parsons – 10 no

Luke Haywood – 11

Max Holtby – 11