Lichfield CC fell to their third consecutive defeat away at Coleshill as they slumped to a five wicket defeat. On winning the toss, skipper Braddock had no hesitation in batting first on a dry wicket which looked like it would break up throughout the course of the match. Price and Bassett-Graham looked solid until the kiwi was adjudged LBW for 11, Price looked in good form with two fours and two sixes before being caught in the deep. The mainstay of Lichfields innings was skipper Braddock who played patiently for 48 against some very good spin bowling from Crotty, Bird and Craig. Sarginson (17), D Burton (17) and P Woodfield (17) all supported him before a late flurry from T Stone (29 not out off 27 balls) in a partnership of 44 off 39 balls with Liddiard, saw Lichfield reach a very competitive 200 off their 55 overs. On a big turning pitch the city side fancied their chances of bowling Coleshill out, but a below par bowling display in the field, combined with some solid batting from Brown (39), overseas player Magafas (56), Swift (27) and the reliable Trilloe (37 not out), saw Coleshill to victory with four overs to spare. Wilkinson was Lichfield’s best bowler on the day picking up two wickets and constantly looking threatening. Stone was his usual economical self picking up 1-31 off 12 overs, but Lichfield’s bowling unit as a group failed to put enough pressure on the home side’s batting to get a positive result. Lichfield have slipped into the bottom half of the table following their recent run of defeats, and face second place Brewood on tomorrow (July 16) in what promises to be a tough trip for the city side. Despite the defeat Lichfield will take some positives out of Saturdays performance which saw a much improved batting display. The trip to Brewood has been made more difficult for the city side with key players unavailable for various reasons, so the Three Spires men will be looking to some of the younger players to step up and make a significant contribution this week. Lichfield CC also lost ground on the Sunday League title with an amazing defeat in a quite remarkable game at Aston Manor. The two sides were joint top of the Lichfield Sunday League before the contest at Church Road, and the visitors, having won the toss, decided to bat first. From their 40 overs they amassed an amazing 373-4, with John Bassett-Graham smashing 20 fours and nine sixes in an unbeaten 218 and Ben Stephens hitting an unbeaten 52 off only 18 balls, while Filer chipped in with 46 and Braddock with 26. It was tremendous batting, but amid the carnage young Shaun Carroll came out with outstanding figures of 8-1-26-2, while Wajid Hussain (2-55) grabbed the other wickets. However, what was to follow was an amazing run chase. Manor went out to bat with positive intentions as the openers raced to 98-1. Following some heavy rain the game was reduced to 35 overs and the revised total was 328. Manor’s overseas player was in top form hitting 126 from 59 balls (11 fours 9 sixes) in a brutal display of clean hitting, leaving Lichfield shell shocked. When Filer bowled the classy South African, most felt Lichfield would go on to win the game but Manor had other ideas – Adam Morris (29) and Abdul Rahim (18) kept the momentum going before an exciting partnership between Andy Forman and Scott Bryson seemed to turn the match in the hosts’ favour. Both produced some excellent shots and were tremendous running between the wickets, but when Forman was finally out for 50 there was still another 25 runs to get from three overs. Weedy connected with one big six, but it was young Bryson who was the ultimate hero, clearing the ropes from the penultimate ball to finish on 38 not out and secure an unbelievable win for Manor. This was a remarkable game of Sunday league cricket and restores the faith in the quality of the Lichfield Sunday league where there has been some fantastic games in recent years to go along with the many one-sided affairs.