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Victory was a team performance, says Pitcher

St David’s skipper OJ Pitcher struck the first century of the new cricket season on Sunday as his side enjoyed a comprehensive win over Warwick at Lord’s.

Batting at number four, Pitcher shared a 199-run partnership with Sammy Robinson, which ultimately condemned the visitors to defeat.

Pleased with his knock of 103 not out, he pointed to last week’s loss to Southampton Rangers in the BELCO Cup final as motivation to get back on track.

“It was good to get in the runs after last week when I went out there and the team needed an innings from me and I couldn’t deliver, so I made a point to go out, put my head down and apply myself at the crease,” said Pitcher.

“I love to bat. It is something I have been in love with since I started playing and I’m happy with how everything went.”

While taking the accolades of amassing a huge total against a youthful Warwick side, Pitcher stressed it was a team performance.

Three other batsmen scored half-centuries, while George O’Brien jr’s return to his boyhood club proved valuable as he grabbed three wickets to ensure victory.

“It was a good win for the team as a whole. It is always important to start off the season with a win and to get points on that board as well as building momentum for the rest of the season.

“When you start a campaign at home it is always important to get something out of the match, and after last week with the defeat to Southampton Rangers in the BELCO Cup final it was vital for us to bounce back and get the result.

“The bigger picture, however, is that we as a team put in a solid performance and everyone played well.

“Sammy (Robinson) scored 85, Rudell (Pitcher) got 54 and Fiqre (Crockwell) got 51 so it was a team effort and that is most pleasing.”

Pitcher is one of many players and club officials who have voiced their displeasure on the one-league format for this season, and his comments will add fuel to the fire.

“The one concern that most have is that new one-league structure won’t be competitive on a weekly basis which all in all does not improve the standard of play,” he had said previously.

Photo by Glenn Tucker St David's captain OJ Pitcher clips the ball through mid-wicket on his way to the season's first century against Warwick at Lords at the weekend.

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Published May 28, 2013 at 9:26 am (Updated May 28, 2013 at 9:25 am)

Victory was a team performance, says Pitcher

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