Lapworth Cricket Club

 the season so far . . . . . .

After our first round of league games played the first weekend in May the rain arrived with a vengeance, and we then had three consecutive weekends where all of league games throughout our three teams were cancelled firstly due to torrential rain and then towards the end of the monsoon season due to the waterlogged state of the ground.

We have checked the club records – we can go back as far as the fifties and we cannot find another occasion when we have had three blank weekends in a season so definitely unprecedented for us at The Melson – in fact as I write these notes eight weeks into the league season our 1st XI has played just one game at home this season.

That said the weather has now changed dramatically summer is here and the groundsman has already started watering the cricket square – thinks do change very quickly!!

So, an update on the league season so far:

Ist XI – they have won 2 games and lost two (3 abandoned) – the win at a sun-bathed Leek Wootton was a real nail biter as the win was secured with Lapworth’s last pair at the wicket. The last two Saturdays has seen defeats firstly to Exhall & Wixford in a high scoring game of nearly 500 runs the home side came out victorious and the latest defeat was at home to Shipston on Stour where the visitors having posted 215 were never really in trouble of losing.

2nd XI – a great start to the season with a 100% record of three victories they currently sit at the top of the CHL division 5 table. It is always good to beat your neighbours so their latest victory over Dorridge & Hockley Heath at Grove Lane was particularly pleasing. There next game at the Melson against the other unbeaten side Warwick III is sure to be a close encounter.

3rd XI – playing in their first season in the Warwickshire Cricket League the 3s have made a steady start to life in the new league – in the four games played they won their very first game then secured two losing draws however the recent defeat against Fillongley in a low scoring game was a very disappointing result.

Mid-Week XI – the 20/20 games are proving extremely popular with our members and for the very first time in the Clubs history on a couple of occasions we have put out two sides on a Wednesday evening. Local fixtures v Dorridge, Earlswood and Shirley are scheduled for the next few weeks.

Our hope is that the weather remains good for the coming months and with Covid restrictions having been eased and hopefully soon to be removed altogether we look forward to an action packed and safe second half of the season.

Richard Evans