A cricket ball. Pic: Tc7
Lichfield CC slumped to another batting collapse as they crashed to defeat against Studley on Saturday. On winning the toss Studley decided to bat first on a hot day and good wicket. Lichfield’s opening bowlers Liddiard and Wilkinson failed to make the early breakthrough, Liddiard in particular was unlucky in his impressive spell bowling three maidens, conceding just 15 runs from his seven overs. Rose and Nazir began to settle in and the latter in particular took a shine to Wilkinson’s bowling, dispatching several boundaries before being well caught off the experienced bowling of Woodfield for 30. Rose was run out after a good bit of fielding from Seager, followed by Woodfield trapping Ahmed LBW for a duck as Studley reached 91-3. T Filer was the pick of Lichfield’s bowlers with a tight spell restricting scoring to a minimum and was unlucky not to pick up early wickets. Miller hit a well compiled 53 before being bowled by the reliable Stone. Price with his first bowl of the season was in top form picking up the dangerous Harris and conceding less than three runs per over. Filer picked up two late wickets but some lusty blows from Swannick (30) and Lewis not out 26 guided Studley to a competitive, but catchable total of 194. In reply Lichfield lost overseas star bassett-Graham for zero, but despite facing IPL bowler Singh, D Price was at his majestic best smashing the Studley attack to all parts in a brutal assault as he raced to 71 off 54 balls with 12 fours and a six. When Price (71) was eventually dismissed the score was 93. Braddock and Seager batted sensibly and looked solid until Singh returned to the attack, dismissing Seager and Woodfield in quick succession. Braddock fell to the left arm spin of Lewis and Lichfield were in big trouble at 119-6, still needing 75 runs to win. With Singh and Lewis bowling well in tandem this was always going to be a tall order for the tail. Liddiard and Wilkinson offered slight resistance, including a couple of stylish shots from the Lichfield number 11. But the city side fell 46 short and were bowled out with 13 overs to spare. Lichfield have failed to bat out their overs in consecutive games, despite heroic efforts from Bassett-Graham (81 v Barnards Green) and Price (71 v Studley) and now go into next Saturday’s clash with rivals Coleshill knowing their season needs a kickstart and key players must step up to the plate and start producing performances they are capable off.