Lichfield CC made the long trip to second placed Oswestry on Saturday and produced their best performance of the season to record an emphatic seven wicket win and claim 24 valuable points to keep in touch with the top two sides in the table. On a wet morning the city side lost the toss and were surprised to be asked to field first on a pitch which looked like it would offer some assistance to the bowlers. Gareth James, in his last game before returning to his home club in Essex, was outstanding with the new ball as was James Wilkinson as the pair caused the home teams strong batting line up all kinds of trouble. Wilkinson claimed the first wicket bowling the dangerous Huxley before James dissmissed both danger men Carrasco and Fynn both players who have scored heavily for the home side this season. Lichfield piled on the pressure and continued to pick up wickets despite the solid innings from youngster Clarke and some lusty blows from skipper Robinson, the city bowlers were on top form. James finished with 2-36, Wilkinson 2-24, Liddiard 1-26 and Filer 1-20, but the star of the show was Tom Stone (4-27). The all rounder again showed his value to the team with a fine display of seam bowling picking up four wickets and in an eight over spell with Filer bowled eight maidens picking up three wickets as Lichfield bowled their hosts out for 140. The Three Spires men got off to the best possible start in reply with Price hitting 34 off 37 balls including a huge six which did some damage to the clubhouse roof, but overseas star Bassett-Graham showed his true class with a brilliant innings of 77 not out. Bassett-Graham is looking to be a great signing for the city side after a tidy performance behind the stumps he went about the Oswestry attack with a series of drives and pulls as he latched onto anything loose. The Kiwi batter hit 13 fours and two sixes as he guided his side home to a comfortable win. Lichfield now face the unbeaten newcomers to the league Barnards Green on Saturday. The Malvern-based side travel to Lichfield full of confidence after an unbeaten start to the season in what promises to be an exciting game as the city side look to close the gap further on the top two. They also have a busy midweek with two T20 fixtures. On Monday they look to defend their Dunstall Knock Out title as they face local rivals and ex-Lichfield player Mike Talbot on June 27 at the Dunstall Deer Park ground. Then on Wednesday they face the winners of Cannock or Hammerwich in the semi-final of the Chauntry Cup at the city side’s Eastern Avenue ground. Both games will be played in colourered clothing and will start at 6.30pm with the bar open and supporters welcome.