Tuesday, 17 September 2013

A Stormy End

Goodwood CC v Lodsworth CC
Sunday 15th September 15th at Goodwood
20/20 overs
Match Abandoned
And so to the final game of the season now established as a visit to Goodwood House to play the estate team on the Duke of Richmond’s ground. The game coincided with the Goodwood Revival weekend and the sound of racing cars and vintage aircraft provided a dramatic background accompaniment.
The grey overcast skies looked ominous and the captains agreed to play the short 20/20 form of the game. Lodsworth batted first and a powerful second wicket partnership between Graham Braithwaite (78) and Richard Gough (34) gave the visitors a strong platform of 139 for 6 to defend. Willman took 3 wickets off 4 overs
A quick turn around was called for in an effort to beat the gathering storm. The urgency communicated itself to the players and Andy Long bowled 4 overs and took two quick wickets for 25 runs before Richard Gough completed a stunning  run out with a direct hit  from the boundary and Bob Powell nipped around the stumps to dismiss a fourth batsman.
Goodwood were on the ropes with 64 for 4 off 12 overs and Lodsworth were poised for a very close finish but then … the heavens opened. The rain came down like stair rods {as my grandmother would say) and both teams dashed for cover. Sadly the torrential downpour did not let up and after a pleasant tea with fresh strawberries the Duke’s men ‘ran down their colours’ and the game was abandoned. As the scribe was driving home the Shipping Forecast announced a Force 7 gale in the English Channel.
Man of (another abandoned) match - Graham Braithwaite
Scribe Bob Powell

Monday, 9 September 2013

Match Abandoned

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 meet their nemesis

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)
Lodsworth lost
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

Cricket Teas soar to New Heights

Lodsworth CC v Lavant CC
Lavant CC 81 all out (C Sands 30, M Stevans 22: Harry Dimond 7 overs 3 for 8 runs, Paul Phillips 5 overs 3 for 27, Andy Long 2 overs 2 for 9 Rob Collins 2 balls 1wicket for no runs)
Lodsworth CC 86 for 4 (Paul Phillips 19 not out, Dave Clarke 17 not out, Al Rix 18, Matt Hall 17: P Walmsley 7 overs 3 for 33)
Lodsworth won
Lavant CC was expected to be a very strong opponent but on the day Lodsworth proved superior. Skipper Paul Phillips started with a sustained barrage of very fast bowling from Finn Campbell and not-so-fast from Dave Clark. Neither claimed a wicket but they restricted Lavant to just 20 runs from the first 10 overs. Harry Dimond enjoyed more success and took 3 wickets for just 8 runs from 7 overs. Paul Phillips accounted for another three batsmen for 27 runs off 5 overs and Andy Long, bowling in the unaccustomed slot of fifth bowler, weighed in with 2 wickets for 9 runs off 2 overs.
A swift run out by Alistair Rix, fresh from his South American odyssey, a stumping by Bob Powell and smart catches by Harry Dimond, Finn Campbell, Paul Phillips and Dave Clark completed the rout of the visitors who went in for tea with just 81 runs on the board. C Sands (30) was the best of the visiting batsmen.
Councillor Phillips shuffled the batting order sending in Al Rix with Matt Hall to open while holding the ‘big guns’ – Graham Braithwaite, Harry Dimond and Finn Campbell in reserve. The opening pair acquitted themselves well with scores of Hall (17) and Rix (18) before Paul Phillips (19 not out) and Dave Clarke (17 not out) finished the job. Paul hit one huge six over the pavilion roof. Andy Long moved up the batting order but achieved the dubious distinction of six ‘ducks’ in a season - possibly a record for any Lodsworth player. That said, Andy is worth his weight in gold, as a bowler.
The standard of Lodsworth cricket teas continues to excel – the prawn sandwiches and carrot cake reaching new heights. And the apr├Ęs-match roast pommes de terre and entertainment by the pianist at the Hollist Arms was a splendid Bank Holiday treat. Merci beaucoup Serge.
Man of the match Paul Phillips
Scribe Bob Powell

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Lodsworth Fall Short

West Chiltington CC v Lodsworth CC
Sunday 18th August at West Chiltington
West Chiltington 257 for 6 (T Chambers 103 rtd, J Elliott 59, B Hasler 37; Matt Hall 7 overs 2 for 48, Finn Campbell 7 overs 1 for 39)
Lodsworth CC 224 for 6 (T Munday 56, James Hickey 51, Joe Waller 36, Paul Phillips 17 not out: G Beeves 3 overs 2 for 9, C Davies 7 overs 2 for 25)
Lodsworth lost
A Lodsworth team denuded by last-minute withdrawals turned up at West Chiltington with just 9 men. A tough team to beat with a full compliment it was a huge task to plug all the gaps in the field as the home batsmen bludgeoned their way to a total of 257 for 6 off 35 overs. T Chambers celebrated his A-Level results that earned him a place at UCL to read Medicine, with a commanding 103 runs before retiring. The Lodsworth fast bowlers Joe Waller and Finn Campbell tried their utmost but it was Matt Hall who took 2 wickets for 48 and also steered a return ball onto the wicket for a clever run out of a non-striker. Lodsworth were sportingly loaned a player – the veteran T Munday towards the end of the innings while Rob Collins made some remarkable stops in the field.
After yet another historic tea Lodsworth CC set off at a gallop with 16 scored off the first over. Indeed, until the 20th over Lodsworth were ahead of the strike rate but at a heavy attritional cost for Joe Waller was back in the pavilion with 36 runs while Finn Campbell and Ed Marland were sent back cheaply. It fell to James Hickey (51- his sixth half-century of the season) and T Munday (56) to raise hopes of an unlikely victory but with their departure the run rate slowed. The innings drifted to a conclusion with Lodsworth on a credible 224 for 6, but rueing the lack of two key bowlers at the outset.
Man of the Match Rob Collins
Scribe Bob Powell

Monday, 12 August 2013

Finn's First Century

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)
Lodsworth won
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

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

An Athletic Performance

Lodsworth CC v Fittleworth CC
Sunday 4th August at Lodsworth
Lodsworth CC 181 for 6 (Finn Campbell 56, Dave Clarke 34 not out, Oliver King 24, Joe Waller 18: L Kitchener 7 overs 3 for 21)
Fittleworth CC 143 for 8 ( P Kitchener 56 not out, A Shepherd 10 not out: Dave Clarke 7 overs 3 for 29, Joe Waller 5 overs 2 for 23, Matt Hall 6 overs 2 for 10)
Lodsworth CC won
‘Energetic’ and ‘athletic’ are not adjectives normally connected with the proper noun Lodsworth CC, but both were much in evidence against Fittleworth.
Lodsworth batted first and a scintillating display by Finn Campbell (56) and a lively cameo by Joe Waller (18) got the home team off to a good start. A measured 34 not out from Dave Clarke and a solid 24 from Ollie King allowed Lodsworth to go in for tea on a comfortable score of 181 for 6. The youthful (and vociferous) Fittleworth skipper L Kitchener bowled 7 overs 3 for 21.
The older players would have welcomed an afternoon nap after a historic calorie-laden tea but Joe Waller’s very fast bowling quickly woke up the 'keeper and adjacent slips as Fittleworth began the chase. Joe removed one of the Fittleworth openers with his third ball and finished on 5 overs 2 for 23, Dave Clarke continued his good form with 7 overs 3 for 29 and Matt Hall cleaned out the middle order with 6 overs 2 for 10.
P Kitchener, one of the remarkable family of cricket aficionados who form the backbone of the Fittleworth club refused to be uprooted and ended on 56 not out as the visitors held on to end on 143 for 8. Lodsworth’s fielding (dropped catches excepted) was excellent, with catches by Hall and Hickey, and for an outstandingly agile run out by Joe Waller.
Man of the Match Joe Waller
Scribe Bob Powell