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Easebourne CC v Lodsworth CC at Easebourne

Sunday 8th May 2005.

Easebourne CC v Lodsworth CC at Easebourne.

Lodsworth CC 153 all out (Jon Houghton 65, Alistair Rix 19, Rod Taylor 15; T Dixon 9 overs 4 for 38, C Dixon 8 overs 3 for 32).

Easebourne CC 82 for 9 (T Dixon 28, Paul White 26; Matt Hall 17 overs 5 for 40, Andy Long 14 overs 2 for 34)

Match Drawn

Easebourne won the toss and Lodsworth were put in to bat. The visitors lost two early wickets to aggressive bowling by T Dixon but Jon Houghton (65) gradually steered Lodsworth into a commanding position assisted by Alistair Rix (19), Rod Taylor (15) and Oliver King (12). Aided by some wayward Easebourne bowling that contributed 28 extras, Lodsworth eventually finished on 153 off 33 overs.

In reply, Easebourne, faced by tight bowling from Matt Hall (17 overs 5 for 40), and Andy Long (14 overs 2 for 34) failed to achieve any momentum. Only T Dixon with 28 runs and Paul White with 26 runs put up any resistance. With the departure of White, Easebourne

were on the ropes and went into the last over with just 77 runs on the board and 9 wickets down. The Lodsworth players crowded around the bat, but the final Easebourne pair of R Hyde and P Prudente managed to cling on and were relieved to secure a draw.

Bob Powell

Captain Lodsworth CC.

Lodsworth CC v Ebernoe CC at Lodsworth.

Saturday 30th April 2005

Lodsworth CC v Ebernoe CC at Lodsworth.

Lodsworth CC 143 for 8 (Jon Houghton 87, Graham Braithwaite 30 not out, D Whittington 7 overs 3 for 14).

Ebernoe CC 124 for 9 (D Whittington 37, C Stemp 21, A Read 18, Andy Long 7 overs 3 for 14, Martin Howard 4 overs 2 for 15, Paul Phillips 7 overs 2 for 18, Matt Hall 7 overs 2 for 29)

Lodsworth won by 19 runs.

Lodsworth’s extensive pre-season preparation paid dividends in the first game of the 2005 season – a limited overs friendly fixture against the nearby village of Ebernoe. On winning the toss Lodsworth elected to bat on a soft but true surface and opening batsman Jon Houghton amassed 87 runs in almost 2 hours at the crease. Oxfordshire County Schoolboy Graham Braithwaite ably supported him with 30 not out. The Lodsworth team ended on 143 for 8 off 35 overs.

In reply, Ebernoe lost opener C Rose in the first over but R Stemp and D Whittington established a partnership of 54 to put Ebernoe briefly in the driving seat. Then as the pitch began to cut up they lost three wickets in 15 minutes to put them on the back foot. Lodsworth bowlers Andy Long with 7 overs 3 for 14, Martin Howard with 4 overs 2 for 15 and Paul Phillips 7 with overs 2 for 18 kept up sustained pressure and Ebernoe finished on 124 for 9 off 35 overs, 19 runs short of their target.

Man of the Match Jon Houghton

Bob Powell

Captain Lodsworth CC.