Itchington will be playing Premier League Cricket next year!

Long Itchington secured Premier League Cricket for another year by beating a much changed Leamington side on Saturday.

Confidence was very high in the Itchington camp after winning their past two games before travelling to neighbours Leamington. Looking at the league table before the game Itchington knew that a win would mean survival and if Leamington won then it all went down to the final day of the season and 3 or 4 times could join already relegated Catherine De Barnes in Division 1.

Captain Clarke won the toss and decided to bowl on a well prepared wicket. Some might have thought this was a strange decision after Aulakh had fallen in the warm up, injuring his knee but Clarke’s decision was to pay off.

The Wood and Aulakh partnership was about to click into gear and become that destructive opening partnership that ripped through many teams last year. Firstly Wood had the in form Somra caught at second slip by Burnell for 2 with the score only on 5. This brought Jimbo Williams to the crease who showed grit and determination throughout the Leamington innings. Aulakh still struggling with knee problems at the other end showed his determination in order to keep Itchington up by bowling deadly in-swing which demolished number two Gethins off peg with the score on 30.

Itchington on song but with Leamington’s batting line up they still needed to remain focused and this came from the deadly left armed Wood who has teased many batsman this year with them playing and missing but J.Butler followed one and Keeper Clarke took an easy catch. Former Leamington first team captain Rob Williams then strolled out to the middle but Wood snared him the same way as Butler with Williams edging behind for only 2.

Wayne Killian then came out and his aggression with the bat looked like Itchington were in for a long afternoon but you guessed it, Wood again found the edge of his bat and he was caught well by Burnell for only 4.

Leamington on 48-5 and needing someone to stick with Williams at the other end. David Lord wasn’t a bad person to be sending in at number 7 and Itchington were put to the sword by Lord earlier in the season when Leamington beat Itchington convincingly.

Lord and Williams were starting to pull back the Leamington innings and the score passed 80 in the 18th over but then a moment of brilliance by Jake Butler sent David Lord back to the pavilion for only 8 as Butler held on to a bullet of a pull shot from Lord off the bowling of Aulakh

Itchington on fire but Leamington skipper Dale had the right idea and helped Williams secure his half century and this 58 run partnership meant Leamington could still be on course for 200+ but just when these two started to dominate and frustrate Andy Smith took the wicket of Dale for 20.

Smith and Jack took the remainder of the Leamington wickets and they finished all out for 164 with Jimbo Williams not out on 82. A good knock which deserved a century.

Tea was taken and Itchington fantastic first half needed to be matched with the bat. With John Lidster away Tom Perks stepped up to open but disaster struck as McCarthy bowled him with the first ball of Itchington’s innings.

Burnell joined Jack and the itchington crew watched on nervously but these two showed class by taking the game away from Leamington. Burnell was stroking the ball around and arguably Alex Jacks best innings in a Long Itchington shirt meant the whole team could relax. Burnell was caught on 37 but the damage had been done. Cooper followed for 8 but Dodds (15 not out) and Alex Jack 83 not out saw Itchington home. Jack’s 83 came off only 64 balls and included 15 fours.

Itchington won by 7 wickets.

A massive win and a tremendous end to the season sees Itchington stay up. Norton Lindsey travel to Itchington next week and they are still in with a chance of winning the league. Could Itchington win 4 on the bounce?????
Highlights

Wood – 10-1-40-4
Aulakh – 10-2-40-2
Jack – 9-3-22-2
Smith – 6.5-0-34-2
Jack – 83 not out
Burnell – 37 and 2 catches
Dodds – 15 not out

Itchington win at home to Tanworth

Itchington recorded two wins on the bounce as they brushed aside visitors Tanworth on Saturday. Clarke lost the toss and was asked to bat on a damp track due to all the rain that Itchington had received the night before. A superb effort by groundsman Foster made the game possible and Itchington openers knew they were in for a real test against the new ball.

 Jack and Lidster rose to the challenge and dug in deep for the first ten overs. Although the score was only on 22 these two survived some good bowling from Turnbill and Horn.

 Just when these two looked like they had weathered the storm Lidester (13) fell in bizarre fashion as the ball ballooned up off an inside edge off his pad and was caught at gully.

 This brought last week’s hero’s Goatley and Jack to the crease and the score started to accelerate as these two had pushed the field back but then the dreaded drinks came with the score on 84-1 in the 22nd over .

 The first ball after drinks saw Goatley stumped for a good looking 36 off 42 balls and then five overs later Jack was caught on the boundary for 23. Itchington now 91 for 3 in the 27th over. Perks and Cooper set about restoring the innings and again with caution Itchington had set up for a big finish.

 With Perks (17) and Cooper (23) back in the hutch Dodds and Clarke found themselves at the crease for the final overs of the innings and Dodds destroyed the Tanworth attack by hitting 36 off 26 balls to allow Itchington to finish on 189-5.

 Tea was taken and 190 was probably a par score but Itchington knew the track was drying out and favoured Tanworth.

 Tanworth got off to a flyer and Clarke was left scratching his head on what was needed but then Andy Smith stepped up and bowled a devastating spell by firstly removing Tanworth’s opener Horn for 23 as he was caught brilliantly by Lewis Dodds. He then took out other opener Barbers off stump and then he had Tanworth’s skipper caught behind for a duck. A match winning performance by Smith put Itchington in sight of recording a big victory but work was still to be done.

 Butler continues to show his class but 17 year old James Rawbone again showed why he has been a first team regular by dismissing the Tanwarth tail in his spell of 4-1-13-3. Alex Jack finished the innings by taking the wicket of Banks.

 Itchington win by 65 runs.

 Another superb performance from Itchington which gives them hope of beating the drop but they have a big game away this Saturday against Leamington.

 

Highlights

 Goatley – 36

Jack – 23

Perks – 17

Cooper – 23

Doods – 36 not out

Clarke- 12 not out

Jack – 4-2-7-2

Smith – 10-3-28-3

Aulakh– 5-0-30-1

Rawbone – 4-1-13-3

Butler – 9-0-47-0

Itchington do the double over Leek Wooton

A superb innings from Matt Goatley (82) and a five wicket haul from Alex Jack meant Itchington left Leek Wootton with their second away win of the season.

Put into bat by Leek Wooton’s skipper Couchman Itchington got off to a flying start mainly due to extras but the home side picked up the wicket of opener Jack for 8 as he gloved one behind off the bowling of Bailey.

Goatley joined Lidster at the crease and what was to follow was a joy to watch as these two got stuck in to the Wooton attack and Itchington found themselves on 70 -1 off ten. The openers were replaced and Wooton tried to take the pace off the ball but Goatley kept on going. Sadly Lidster fell in the 18th for a good looking 38 off 58 balls.

Perks and Goatley continued to be dominant and the spectators had all stopped what they were doing to watch Goatley showing his class by timing nearly everything. Sadly with the score on 182 in the 31st over Goatley was caught off the bowling of Clifford for 84. His 84 was off 80 balls and consisted of 9 fours and 1 six.

Itchington continued to dominate and 300 was looking likely at one stage but contributions from Perks (35), Burnell (19), Butler (12) and cult hero Crosthwaite (14) allowed Itchington to finish on 265-7.

An entertaining batting display was now needed to be matched with a tight bowling display. Wooton set about chasing the runs down and at times they looked on track to reach their given target but Andy Wood dismissed opener Allison for 21 and then Choudry was caught off the first ball in Rawbone’s spell. Wotton had gone from 52-0 to 57-2.

Talented keeper/batsman Budd entered and he was still looking to cause an upset by blasting the ball to all parts off the ground.

Skipper Clarke brought on ever reliable Alex Jack and his plan worked with Alex Jack trapping Budd leg before wicket. Budd batted superbly in a well-crafted 66. Alex Jack then turned on the style by ripping through Leek Wotton’s middle order in a devastating spell of 10-1-38-5.

Alex Jack and the promising Jake Butler ended the home side’s innings in the 40th over as they were all out for 183. Itchington won by 82 runs.

Highlights

 Goatley – 84 not out

Lidster – 38

Jack – 10-1-38-5

Wood – `0-0-41-2

Aulakh– 10-0-44-0

Jack – 10-1-22-1

Rawbone – 7-0-45-1

Butler – 3-0-9-1

Itchington welcome last year’s Tanworth and Camp Hill on 19th August.

Long Itchington 2’s beat Ebrington

On a bright day Long itchington 2nds  hosted Ebrington 1sts knowing a win would lift them into the mid-table positions. Skipper Brooks won the toss and decided to bat on a good looking pitch. Insall and Desai strode out to the middle fresh from the previous weeks’ successful partnership. The 1st over was bowled by the Ebrington captain, Thomson, whose first 3 balls were but the 4th was a sign of things to come. Sprayed down the legside for 5 wides! A further pull from Desai meant that 9 came of the 1st. The 2nd over was a long one with Crocker seemingly unable to handle the left-hand right hand partnership. A total of 8 in wides and 8 off the bat meant that it went for 16 and Long Itchington were 25 off 2 overs. At the other end Thompson again sent a ball down the legside for 5 wides, keeping the scoreboard moving along. With only another single and a bye it was soon time for Crocker to see if he could overcome the horror of the first over, unfortunately, for him, that was not the case with another 6 wides to end his spell with 28 coming off his 2 overs. So after 4 overs Long itchington were off to a flyer 44-0 with 18 off the bat. Sanity then returned to the proceedings, as Ebrington introduced off-spinner Sexton. Insall and Desai brought up their 50 partnership, despite some indifferent running. Insall departed to a Sexton chipping one straight back to the bowler for 14.
That brought skipper Brooks to the wicket and he and Desai set about laying a platform for the big hitters to come. With Desai not timing the ball well he settled for manoeuvring the ball for singles and Brooks punishing anything slightly off line. Having seen off Thompson’s opening burst, Brooks and Desai saw the side to drinks with long Itchington  132-1. Brooks instructions were clear that it was time to “push on”. Desai after drinks looked like he wanted to hit every ball for a boundary and this was his downfall for a watchful 43 off 78. The fall of Desai’s wicket brought to an end a partnership of 84 dominated by Brooks, who looked set for a big score. Brooks and Lumby then upped the scoring rate dramatically with some muscular shots and deft touches. When Brooks was Caught and Bowled by Tye for a magnificent 60 off53, he and Lumby had put on 29 in 3.3 overs. Lumby was to go soon after, for a promising 18 off 15, to a double bouncing demon of a ball. Thomson was back on and finished his final spell of bowling with the wicket of “Major” Rawbone.
Peacock and McKenna were now at the wicket and the Long Itching team were eagerly awaiting some big shots. They were not to be disappointed as a partnership of 47 in 4 overs was to follow. Mckenna favouring the pull into the field and Peacock using the sweep coupled with strong hitting down the ground. Ebrington had now changed wicket-keepers with Thompson taking the gloves and Ryton coming on to bowl. Runs were flowing quickly and in the pursuit of a score in excess of 300.  Peacock went with the score on 254-7 off 37 overs. He had made a bright 45 off 32. Greaves and Sutcliffe then went about running Ebrington into the dust and duly did so in their 19 run partnership. Sutcliffe out for 9 in pursuit of quick runs. Ottoway and Greaves made sure Long Itchington saw out the overs with an impressive total of 291 built on the efforts of Peacock and Brooks and a helping hand by Extras 51.
After a lovely a tea Long itchington took to the field confident of defending the total. Lumby and Sutcliffe took the new ball and bowling good area’s meant that Ebrington were never really in the “hunt”. The Ebrington openers started in positive fashion but soon fell. Sexton caught off Lumby in the 6th over for 13 and the aggressive Thompson bowled by a quick delivery from Lumby for 36 off 37 in the 10th. After the fall of the openers the Ebrington batting fell apart to some good bowling from Mckenna and Ottaway, both picking up 2 wickets for very few runs. The most impressive figures however came from Quereshi who moped up the tail. 1.2 overs 3-3. Ebrington all out for 110 in 24.2 overs. Special mention to Greaves who caught impressively and was awarded the man of the match crucifix by Skipper Brooks

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