Tuesday, 17 September 2013
Monday, 9 September 2013
Lodsworth CC v Matt Hall XI
Sunday 8th September at Lodsworth
The long hot summer came to an end and autumn was ushered in. Dark ominous clouds on the horizon did not bode well but the game got under way at 1.30pm and 12 overs were completed before the players raced to the pavilion in torrential rain. Fifteen minutes later the sky cleared and a second attempt was made but at 20 overs another heavy downpour saw the two skippers opt for an early tea brilliantly organised at short notice by Teggy Phillips.
As the rain continued, to Matt Hall’s XI dismay, his team appeared to loose heart and individuals gradually slunk away until by 3.30 pm half the visiting team had gone AWOL and the game was abandoned. The player who suffered most by this decision was Ed Marland who had scored his first half century of the season only to see it erased from the statistics.
But by 4.00 pm the skies had cleared and the 16 individuals who remained enjoyed a hugely enjoyable knock-out tournament – won by Richard Gough and Paul Phillips. The last ‘home game’ of the season concluded at 6.30 pm with a marvelous barbeque courtesy of Paul Philips, Matt Hall, Rob Collins and Dave Clark. Miraculously, families and supporters appeared as the aroma of grilled burgers and kebabs drifted across the field. Beer and wine was consumed amid an atmosphere of end-of-season joviality.
Man of the (abandoned) match Ed Marland
Scribe Bob Powell
Lodsworth CC v Parham Park CC
Sunday 1st September at Lodsworth
Lodsworth CC 209 for 6 off 35 overs (Matt Hall 87, Paul Phillips 35. Christian Budd 31; P Frazer 7 overs 2 for 33)
Parham Park CC 210 for 4 off 34.2 overs (A Vander 106, S Huffer 48; Paul Phillips 5.2 overs 2 for 38)
Games against Parham Park are always ‘a close run thing’ and invariably go down to the last over. And so it was on this occasion when Parham passed a substantial Lodsworth total with just four balls remaining.
Lodsworth were reasonably pleased with their score of 209 for 6. Matt Hall contributed his best batting performance of the season with 87 runs, Paul Phillips gave a gritty display for 35 and Christian Budd in a flowing cameo perfomance scored 31, with 22 of his runs coming off one over. Fergus Cruikshank also had a sparkling innings of 21. The best of the visiting bowlers was P Frazer with 2 for 33 off 7 overs.
Another prodigious tea was served with mouth-watering cakes before Parham embarked on the run chase. It was evident they were not cowed by the total as opener A Vander quickly smote two mighty sixes. The fast outfield and hard batting track gave as much assistance to Parham as it had to the home team and Vander hit 3 sixes and 16 fours in his total of 106. S Huffer weighed in with 48 as the visitors edged past Lodsworth’s total with just four balls to spare. Paul Phillips bowled 5.2 overs and took 2 wickets for 38 runs and Rob Collins took one very difficult catch. A good game of cricket, generally enjoyed by all with only a few muttered oaths.
Man of the match Matt Hall
Scribe Bob Powell
Monday, 26 August 2013
Saturday, 24 August 2013
Monday, 12 August 2013
Fernhurst CC v Lodsworth CC
Sunday 11th August at Fernhurst
Lodsworth CC 222 for 5 (Finn Campbell 100 rtd, Lydon Gibbons 71rtd, Dave Clarke 18 not out: Melrose 7 overs 3 for 36)
Fernhurst CC 121 for 8 (Bristow 37, Vass 22, Tyler 17: Andy Long 7 overs 3 for 35, Matt Hall 5 overs 2 for 17, Dave Clark 7 overs 2 for 30)
Fernhurst CC have made remarkable improvements to their ground since I last visited with a much enhanced football field and a fully enclosed cricket net with a bowling machine. Winning the toss, the skipper decided Lodsworth should bat first.
With Graham Braithwaite now playing most of his cricket with Kew CC in the Thames Valley League and both Tom Atkins and Harry Dimond displaying their skills with Midhurst CC in the Hampshire League, Lodworth CC have been fortunate to find a richly talented successor in Finn Campbell who notched scored his maiden century.
The Marlborough College schoolboy hit a chanceless 100 before retiring. Lodworth’s batting lineup was also bolstered by Paul Phillip’s cousin, Lydon Gibbons, who was visiting from Queensland, Australia, and was keen to have a run out with the village team. He too hit a lusty 71 before retiring and although loosing the wickets of Hickey, Hall, Long, Phillips and Marland, Lodsworth went in for tea with a comfortable 222 for 5
Another magnificent spread ensued, with the third day of the 4th England v Australia test on the TV, before Fernhurst set off in pursuit of the runs. A spirited opening by Bristow (37) was nipped in the bud by Andy Long (7 overs 3 for 35), Dave Clarke (7 overs 2 for 30) and Matt Hall (5 overs 2 for 17). Andy Long made one brilliant run out and two catches on the boundary by Lydon Gibbons were noteworthy.
The Fernhurst tail wagged until the 35th over with two talented youngsters – Vass (22) and Tyler (17) resisting everything the Lodsworth bowlers could throw at them as Fernhurst nudged to 121 for 8. The new cricket net at Fernhurst is obviously proving its worth.
Man of the match Finn Campbell
Scribe Bob Powell
Footnote: Interestingly, three of the top ten batsmen in the Midhurst CC 2013 1st XI squad – Tom Atkins, Richard Gough and Graham Braithwaite are Lodsworth residents. Tom Atkins captains the Midhurst 1st XI. Mention must also be made of Henry Cruikshank who is turning in some good performance’s for the Midhurst U14 Xl