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Lichfield CC suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of newly promoted Wednesbury on Saturday.
The city side won the toss and elected to bat on a good looking pitch, but lost Bassett-Graham in unusual circumstances early on when there was some confusion over the mode of dissmisal which was eventually confirmed as caught behind.
Sarginson (36) and Fielding (17) built a good platform for the city side, Fielding looking composed and in control while Sarginson hit an array of quality shots looking in top form against the Wednesbury overseas star De Silva.
The introduction of the left arm spin of Stevens proved to be a turning point as he dismissed Sarginson caught off the shoulder of the bat with the score on 68.
Patel was keeping things tight from the other end as the scoring slowed, Lichfield lost a cluster of wickets which is becoming an all too familiar story for the city side as they slumped from 68-1 to 73-5 and then 102-7. Stevens was the main wicket taker picking up 4-43 in an inspired spell of bowling.
Burton (15) steadied the ship and T Filer (40) gave Lichfield some hope with a series of lusty blows, the latter hit five fours and two sixes in a quickfire knock taking Lichfield to a below par 143 all out.
The Sri Lankan De Silva came back strongly to dismiss the tail finishing with three wickets for 29.
Having won the toss and elected to bat Lichfield were 100 runs short of what they had targeted but after a dramatic win against St Georges in similar circumstances, they felt early wickets would give them a chance of pulling off a good result.
Jarvis was caught behind by Burton off the bowling of Wilkinson for nine but a determined 68 run partnership from Owen (44) and Baker (24) put Wednesbury in a match winning position before Baker was run out by Wilksinon and Owen was bowled by Filer.
Filer and Stone bowled well , the latter bowling seven maidens in his 11 over spell, but the pair toiled in vain in an attempt to defend such a low score.
Patel completed a good all round game for the visitors with a quickfire 39 to ensure there was no surprise victory for the city side as Wednesbury romped home in the 37th over to complete a seven wicket victory.
Harsh lessons must be learnt from the game, Lichfield’s batting offered little resistance and weakly surrendered to 143 all out, failing to bat the allotted 55 overs on a good batting pitch is a worry to the city side. The opposition showed more determination to occupy the crease – an attribute the Lichfield batsmen are currently lacking and must work on if they wish to improve.
Next Saturday (June 11) Lichfield travel to newly promoted side Handsworth looking to bounce back. The city side will have a full squad to chose from with both Price and James returning.
Eslewhere at the weekend, Lichfield progressed to the final of the T20 Rotary Cup with a fantastic victory away at Derbyshire Premier League champions Lullington.
The city side lost the toss and fielded first with Lullington looking to set a big total. Wilkinson picked up early wickets but the home side set a good pace in the early overs with some lusty blows as they looked set for a score around 200. However some fine bowling from Liddiard and Filer backed up by some high class ground fielding restricted the home side to 145 off their 20 overs.
In reply Lichfield lost early wickets with Bassett-Graham hitting a stylish 30. With 90 runs needed off the last ten overs the game looked to be slipping away from the city side but youngsters Fielding (28) and Heanan (59) had other ideas, the pair played outstanding innings Heanan in particular looked in top form as he hit shots all round the ground taking the attack to the home side.
When the partnership was broken the game was all but won with ten runs required off the final 15 balls, Liddiard saw the three spires men into the final in the final over.
Lichfield face a challenging week of midweek T20 cricket, with three games in a week. The first is Monday (June 13) when the city side entertain Cannock & Rugeley in the Chauntry cup, before Wednesday sees Walmley visiting the Collings Hill ground for the second round of the Birmingham League T20 and then on Friday Lichfield travel to Draycott and Handbury CC to face Dunstall in the final of the Rotary Cup. All games start at 6.30pm and the bar will be open with all supporters welcome.
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