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Sunday XI vs Offchurch CC 16/04/17

Saturday XI vs Norton Lindsey CC 22/04/17

Saturday 1st XI vs Kenilworth IIIs 06/05/17

Saturday 1st XI vs Ashton under Hill 13/05/17

Sunday XI vs Offchurch 14/05/17

Saturday 1st XI vs Rowington 20/5/17

After the rain eventually stopping at 1.15 the toss was won again by the skipper and elected to bowl. LCC started fantastically well restricting their arch rivals to 20/4 off the first 12 overs. Some stubborn and effective batting by the opposition for their 5 wicket stand until Jimmy Mason and Reuben Arnold removed the pair. Rowington used their allotted 45 overs scoring 152. Top performance was from seamer Mark Hadden with figures of 10-21-3 and possibly his best performance since being in a LCC shirt. The chase got off to a flying start once again with Reuben Arnold smashing 14 runs off the first over with the first ball crashing into the pavilion roof and eventually finishing on 59 until being superbly caught out by the opposition wicket keeper. LCC finally got across the line comfortably loosing only 3 wickets. Jimmy Mason with a well constructed 30 to ensure LCC went away with 19 points. Great win today boys - 3 wins out of 3. Let's keep up the good work.

Saturday 1st XI vs Warwick CC 27/5/17

The skipper lost the toss and being put into bat on an arguable wicket. LCC lost frequent wickets through our innings but ensured that we used the whole 45 overs so that we had a score to defend. LCC ended on 144/6 with David Pugh, Ben Wright, Joe Troth, Sean Troth and Sean Cross reaching 20's which felt like 50 on a very slow and low wicket. LCC got off to a great start especially after Nicholas James removed the Warwicks' skipper with Ben Wright taking an absolute worldy of a catch at second slip. Comparisons have already been made to the catch being as good as Dwayne Levericks and Andrew Strauss' memorable catches! LCC bowled Warwick out for 110 with another outstanding bowling performances by Gohar Rehman, Mark Hadden, Nicholas James and James Mason. Another great win making it 4 out of 4 - let's keep up the good work.

Saturday 2nd XI vs Warwick CC 27/5/17

Lapworth 2s returned to the field this week looking to kickstart their campaign with their first win of the season, hosting table toppers Warwick CC Staff at the beautiful Melson Memorial Ground.

Having lost the toss 2’s skipper Joel Faber was asked to bat first on the rock hard road that Lapworth Chairman, Richard Evans, had produced.

Lapworth started strongly with experienced batsman Paul Lewis(51) and Stephen Griffin(16) manipulating the opening bowlers around at over 3rpo in the first 10 overs without looking in danger. This unfortunately came to and end when Grif holed out when looking to kick on further. Enter Paul Comley (141*), who started off scratchy, surviving an LBW shout and a shelled catch at cover while on 0 to then put on a cut and pulling masterclass to take the total to 106/1 at drinks. After drinks the ‘strategic dismissal’ of Paul Lewis brought Thomas drury(7) to the crease giving Lapworth some fresh legs and pair began to stretch the field, before Tom was unfortunately caught and bowled. Lapworth skipper Joel Faber came in at 5 and blitzed a quick 21 which helped start upping the run rate against a string of slow bowling before getting caught out. A tactical master stroke followed with Lee Morris (29*) coming in at 6 and then chaos ensued, with Paul and Lee raining down runs at will, plundering 4s and 6s, the last 5 overs going for over 80 runs taking Lapworth’s final total to a staggering 303/4 from there 45 overs.

Stephen Griffin provided a delightful tea.

Sensing that victory was in sight, Lapworth knew they would have to put in a strong bowling and fielding display to follow up the impressive batting performance and it was delivered. Lee Morris(10-2-40-2) and Adam Carter (6.1-1-24-1) opened the bowling against strong openers but bowled tight lines to keep them in check, Morris getting the opening wickets, clean bowling the first and then having the the next excellently caught in the deep by Steve Seeley. The ever stingy Simon Waldron (10-1-40-1) replaced Carter and did what he does best drying up the run rate and at drinks the game was evenly poised. After drinks Lapworth really turned it on, Birdie removing a set big hitter and Steve Seeley(8-1-41-5) running riot in taking a 5fer. Stephen Griffin replaced Birdie after his ten overs and continued to turn the screw. Carter returned to the attack to replace and need just one ball to remove the last batsman to hand Lapworth an outstanding victory by 143 runs and in doing so laying down a marker to the rest of the division.

An outstanding effort from everyone involved.

Saturday 1st XI vs FISCC 3/6/17

This was probably the best fielding and bowling performance we have put in. Top opening spell from Nicholas James and Gohar Rehman and also first change Mark Hadden restricting the opposition to less than 2 runs per over. Mandar Kashikar and James Mason also helped restricting the opposition to a below than par score of 139 and wickets were shared by all. David Pugh and Ben Wright got LCC off to a flyer with a 50 opening stand J Mason and Paul Comley also provided helpful knocks to push LCC over the line in the 38th over. D Pugh top scoring with 47 (jug avoidance). Top work by everyone today and it's now 5/5. Let's keep up the good work. Massive game next week vs Overbury!

Saturday 2nd XI vs Bearley CC 03/06/17

Lapworth 2s looked to carry over their new found form following victory last week when they travelled to Bearley and it was delivered with a 5 wicket victory.

Under bright blue sky and on a very green track with variable bounce, 2s skipper Joel Faber won the toss and elected to field.

Opening bowlers Lee Morris(6-0-18-3) and Adam carter(5-1-20-2) immediately rewarded the skippers decision removing both of Bearley’s openers in the first two over, Morris using his speed and bounce to cramp up the batsman to nicking behind to Steven Saunders (the first of three catches behind) and Carter getting the ball to come back just enough on a leave to take off stump. After 5 overs each, Morris and Carter were replaced by Jalander Reddy - JK - (7-1-19-2) and Simon Waldron (10-1-15-1). JK and Birdie continued to turn the screw, denying any runs and continuing to take wickets at regular intervals with JK forcing two nicks behind and Birdie taking the wicket of the arrogant no 3 who tried to switch hit him on two consecutive balls only to fall LBW. Steve Seeley(4-1-8-0) replaced JK after 7 overs and dried up the run rate. Steven Griffin(1-1-0-1) replacing Birdie after 10 and was only needed for one over taking a wicket maiden. Lee Morris returned to the attack replacing Seeley and only needed one over to take two wickets (bowled) and a run out by Seeley ending Bearley ‘s inning for 82 and rewarding Lapworth with 12 extra batting overs, maximum bowling points and an early tea.

Lapworth knew they were going to have to work hard to chase the low total on the tricky pitch and managed to get past the total for 5 wickets down. Openers Griffin(18) and Carter(3) managed to see off the opening exchanges forcing Bearley into a change before Carter fell. Mark Pratt (16) helped steady the ship before Griffin was bowled with a leg stump yorker. Imran Akram (3) made a small cameo before being triggered LBW. Lee Morris(16) continued his fine batting form punishing the bowling for two 4’s and a 6 before unluckily top edging a ball up to the keeper. Skipper Joel Faber(16*) and Stephen Saunders(0*) seeing Lapworth home, finishing on 86/5 and winning 17 points in the process.

A solid bowling performance got Lapworth into a winning position, a few lessons to be learnt batting but Lapworth 2’s are well and truly up and running for the season and look forward to hosting Winchcombe 2’s next week at the Melson.

Saturday 2nd XI vs Winchcombe CC 2s 10/06/17

Lapworth 2s good form came to end this week to a good Winchcombe side at the Melson, losing a hard fought contest by 37 runs.

Under overcast skies and with strong winds, 2s skipper Joel Faber won the toss and elected to field.

Opening bowlers Mark Hadden  (10-1-23-2) and Adam Carter (10-2-42-4) started strongly keeping the runs down despite the strong winds (especially running into it from the canal end) and Hadden taking an early wicket, uprooting off stump with a booming in swinger. After bowling 6 overs Carter was replaced with Steven Griffin (10-1-43-0) who needed to use all his skill to judge delivery areas given the conditions and against two good batsmen. Hadden bowled through and got the breakthrough Lapworth were looking for forcing the defending batsman to fence one into the buckets of Griffin at short midwicket. Hadden was replaced with debutant James Buckle (6-0-37-0), who caused the batsmen some trouble, three times forcing them into huge top edges but unfortunately falling into random areas of the field. After Griff's ten overs, the skipper Joel Faber (6-0-34-1) decided to turn his arm over and snagged the only wicket from the canal end with deceiving double bounce Yorker. James Buckle was replaced by Vic Bhatti (3-0-30-1) who bamboozled the opposition’s top scoring batsman to end his innings at 62. Carter returned for the final four overs and bagged 2 fielding points, taking four wickets including a well held swirling high catch from Alex Williams. Winchcombe’s innings finished on 213/8 from their 45.

Particular mention has to go to Ollie Dean whose ground fielding and energy all game was truly outstanding and saved a lot runs in the field.

Ollie also provided the teas including some unbelievable homemade chocolate brownies that Mark Hadden talked about all game and then smashed most of them off.

After tea, Lapworth began there chase with opening bowlers Carter (4) and Hadden (25) turning into opening batters and looked reasonably comfortable for the first ten overs before Carter (4) falling playing down the wrong line. Steven Saunders (17) came in at three and helped keep the scoreboard ticking before Hadden chopped on. Griffin (27) looked to rebuild the innings and was going nicely before being stumped. Skipper Faber (39) came in at five and top scored before being the first of four to fall to Winchcombe’s difficult spinner, James Agnew (3) spoiling his hat trick attempt with a full blooded drive. Lapworth knew they would be unable to get into a position to win the game so made sure they got as many points as possible using the full 45 overs to get to 175/8, claiming 4 batting points with Alex Williams (32*) and Sam Long (0*) finishing not out.

Although the result didn’t go Lapworth’s way it was a very strong performance in difficult conditions against a good team, there are many positives taken from the game, especially the fielding. The Two’s travel to Kenilworth 3’s next week looking to bounce back with a win.

Saturday 1st XI vs Winchcombe 17/6/17

On a scorching hot day, the skipper made a controversial decision and bowled first feeling confident of chasing whatever score Winchcombe posted. The opposition got off to a flyer scoring runs at will with one very aggressive opener. However Mark Hadden had other ideas removing that batman's off stump out of the ground - 99/1 off 17 overs. With some impressive bowling the opposition run rate rapidly declined and they could only post 226 off 45 overs, Lee Morris taking 6 wickets off 5 overs at the end of the innings being the stand out bowler.

At the break Lappy were full of confidence knowing the oppo were at least 30/50 runs short on a belter of a track. LCC started their innings off to a flyer until Ben Wright got a casual 19 leaving LCC 33/1 after 8 overs. James Mason joined David Pugh at the crease and took full control. LCC chased down the target within 41 overs without getting out of 3rd gear. Pugh - 115* and Mason - 68* (maiden fifty for the club). Great win again making it 7/7. Let's keep up the good work.

Saturday 1st XI vs Kineton CC 24/6/17

The day started with the skipper losing the toss and LCC being put into bat. LCC were under pressure when we were 27/3 off the 10 overs. Some resilient batting was required to ensure a defendable score was placed. Great 50+ partnerships between Sean Cross - Sean Troth (35) and Gohar Rehman (50)and some handy tail end contributions by Mandar Kashikar and Mark Hadden helped LCC amass a score of 243/9 off 45 overs.

Before the second half of the game was to commence a number verbal comments were noted from the opposition which were not to be forgotten and LCC were going to ensure the same sledging was going to be given back. G Rehman started LCC bowling innings off to a flyer with a wicket in the first over. Even though the opposition run rate was high, wickets were gradually dropping - an amazing direct hit run out by Nicholas James was up there of being one of the best bits of fielding to take place at the Melson Memorial Ground. The real game changer was when James Mason removed batsmen nos 5&6 in the space of a couple of overs assisting the opposition to collapse from 144/4 to 163 all out. M Hadden and Lee Morris also contributed with a couple of wickets each to wrap up the tail.

Another great win boys making it 8/8. Massive game next week boys vs Chipping Campden away.