THE Church Times Cricket Cup competition is now under way.
Birmingham and Lichfield reaped the benefit of making an early start to the season as they played on a bright sunny day at Harborne CC, on Monday.
In an evenly balanced match, Lichfield batted first, and made 251 for 6. Three batsmen made a significant impression: the Bishop of Wolverhampton, Gregory, was not out for 103, and Reynolds and Darlington made 68 and 46 respectively. Lanham was best of the bowlers, taking 3 for 42.
In reply, Birmingham began slowly, but Lanham held firm to make an unbeaten 141, and Jones made 65 not out, and the target looked attainable. At the last over, however, the target of 26 was beyond reach, and Lichfield won by 16 runs.
Lichfield 251 for 6 (Gregory 103 not out, Reynolds 68, Darlington, 46; Lanham 3 for 42). Birmingham 235 for 5 (Lanham 141 not out, Jones 65).
Lichfield won by 16 runs.